Happy Summer Everyone!
Welcome to the New Year and best wishes to all of you for a great summer.
I hope you were all able to explore a bit of our great country over the break.
We've now moved back to 'Red' Traffic Light settings and this will be an incredibly tough time for many as we face down COVID-19 for another uncertain time. The entire National Team is disappointed at the way the Government has failed to back New Zealanders and my thoughts are with everyone affected around New Zealand and stuck off-shore.
My Auckland Office is open again to help so please reach out if you need any support!
Over the Summer my family grew a bit bigger with new puppy Basil, a miniature Schnauzer with a lot of charisma.
I hope to bring him around to see you all soon at one of my next Morning Tea meetings!
Happy Birthday Alice!
Alice Wylie QSM, a stalwart of the Mount Albert Community, celebrated her 98th Birthday over the summer and it was a true pleasure to join her and close friends to celebrate this amazing milestone.
Alice has supported the people of Mount Albert in so many ways over her many decades from her time as Councillor and Deputy Mayor in the old Mt Albert Borough Council to her ongoing role as a cherished super senior helping out on ANZAC Days and in other community events.
Only a few people get a local Park named after them for their public service and even fewer get to enjoy it in their retirement for so many years!
I always appreciate hearing Alice's considered views on the issues of the day and look forward to seeing her again soon
Youth MP 2022: Yoonie Park
After a tough selection process I'm glad to introduce my Youth MP for the 10th Youth Parliament Yoonie Park to you all!
Yoonie is an amazing young Auckland leader and I know she'll do a great job for young constituents this year championing their views. I've asked Yoonie to say a few words about herself and what she hopes to accomplish during her time as a Youth MP:
My name is Yoonie Park, a 16 year old Korean-Kiwi who is passionate about poetry, cookies and making a difference in our society - and am very honoured to be representing Melissa Lee MP as her Youth MP for 2022.
As the youngest daughter of a first generation Korean immigrant family, I was lucky enough to be exposed to many different cultures growing up, and instantly fell in love with the diverse community we have here in Aotearoa.
I believed and still believe that each story of each individual matters to make a difference in this constantly evolving world of ours.
Through my position as a Youth MP this year, I am hoping to listen to more stories of individuals, gain insight and first-hand experience of our parliament, and engage with like minded rangatahi, sharing thoughts about the next generation of New Zealand, which is in our very own hands.
I imagine this year to be a year of growth, challenge and fun.
I'm looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone, constantly learning about new ideas and topics broadening my perspective of our world even further.
The new National Party Caucus Lineup
As Parliament wrapped for 2021 new National Leader Christopher Luxon announced the new National Party Caucus Lineup. I'm absolutely delighted to be reconfirmed by the Party leadership in the following Opposition portfolios and continue to serve within our Shadow Cabinet:
- Broadcasting & Media
- Digital Economy and Communications
- Ethnic Communities
Every community around New Zealand is suffering as a result of the Government's lackluster handling of COVID and the ramifications this will have on the future of New Zealand. I promise to continue to champion your needs in my portfolios and work diligently to return National to Government in 2023.
Summer Break Drinks
Just before Christmas my amazing Mount Albert team came together for some festive cheer and a conversation about the issues our city had been facing over the past few months.
It was wonderful to sit down, have a few yarns and hear everyone's great Summer escape plans for the New Year!
My Auckland Office at 107 Great South Road has now re-opened for 2022. Under Red Settings COVID-19 policies are in place so please phone or email for a friendly chat before visiting the office so my team can help you.
It is also with sadness that I'm in the process of appointing a new part-time staffer based in Auckland. Dr Anne Koh, who stepped down over the Summer break was an amazing part of my team in 2021 and while she was only with my Office for a short time, she will be sorely missed as she heads to new and very exciting opportunities overseas. I look forward to give you an update in my next newsletter but I know you'll all join me in wishing her the very best for the next stage in her career.
Looking forward to talking again soon!
Until next time!
National List MP based in Auckland
Authorised by Melissa Lee Parliament Buildings, Wellington
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