Melissa Lee: Easter Update
Matthew Stephens March 31, 2023 Share
Easter, Mount Albert and Teaching the Basics Brilliantly
Happy Easter everyone,
This weekend marks the beginning of the week long commemorations of Easter as well as the upcoming Easter Holidays! The weather is getting cooler but there's still some great sunny days ahead. If you are travelling for the Easter Holiday make sure to pack for the conditions and drive safe on the roads.
Melissa Lee's Christmas Newsletter
Melissa Lee December 14, 2022 Share
Merry Christmas 🤶🎅☃️🎄
As we head into the Holiday season break and the fun of Summer I want to thank everyone who has supported me throughout the past year. It's been a wild ride through COVID-19, Government wasteful spending and, as of last Saturday, the exciting news that a new Caucus Colleague will be joining the National Team in Parliament with Tama Potaka being elected as the new MP for Hamilton West.
The end of year and holiday season are a time to relax, reflect and recognise the opportunities and challenges the new year will bring. No matter how or where you are celebrating this summer holidays I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a wonderful Hanukkah and some great days on the beach.
For some the holidays will be a tough time with lost loved ones, particularly I want to acknowledge the family of Janak Patel who was tragically killed in Sandringham last month. Even with the support of the community and the country, there is no bringing back a precious loved one lost to such cruelty but we will remember him, support his family and we will strive to ensure not another life is lost to crime in New Zealand.
Media Merger to Cost Taxpayers Billions
Melissa Lee November 10, 2022 Share
The Government’s planned media mega entity will need hundreds of millions a year in extra taxpayer funding due to the decision to destroy TVNZ’s commercial model, National’s Broadcasting and Media spokesperson Melissa Lee says.
“Documents obtained by the National Party reveal the combined media entity would require $6.3 billion in additional Crown funding over the next 30 years, or an average of $211 million a year.
“It’s obvious the TVNZ/RNZ merger has become another ideological pet project for Labour, who have never been able to give a good reason for spending taxpayer money on this costly exercise.
“Taxpayers should not be expected to pay billions of dollars to merge two existing media entities that are doing fine operating on their own.
New Bill to extend gift card expiry dates
Melissa Lee November 10, 2022 Share
Expiry dates on gift cards will be extended to three years under a Member’s Bill pulled from the ballot today, National MP Melissa Lee says.
Ponsonby News October Column
Melissa Lee November 01, 2022 Share
As the final results of the local elections are confirmed, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to all the successful candidates that will be representing our communities across the Auckland Region.
This year's local elections have been significant and I look forward to engaging with all the new councillors, board members and other elected officials at one of our many exciting cultural festivals like Diwali and Christmas functions (I can't believe it's already October!) over the next few weeks.
Melissa Lee's October Update
Melissa Lee October 11, 2022 Share
Welcome to October!
It's been a busy few weeks tackling the Government's $370million wasteful spending on the proposed merger of RNZ and TVNZ into Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media. The Government has no clear reason for the merger and during a cost of living crisis it is a terrible use of taxpayers dollars. I've been putting questions to the Minister and you can read more about what's going on below ⬇️⬇️⬇️
We also formally bade farewell the Queen of New Zealand, Elizabeth II, with a State Memorial Ceremony I had the immense privilege to attend with many of my National Caucus Colleagues and other leaders from all New Zealand walks of life. With over 70 years of devotion to the Commonwealth and the wider world she was truly a great leader of our times.
The final results are still rolling in but I want to give a congratulatory shout out to everyone around New Zealand who has been elected to local government this month. The role of locally elected leaders is vital in maintaining New Zealand's democratic values and decision-making. Best of luck to you all!
DOES WILLIE JACKSON UNDERSTAND HIS OWN MERGER?
Melissa Lee September 30, 2022 Share
The Government must explain why it is spending $370 million to merge TVNZ and RNZ, National’s Broadcasting and Media spokesperson Melissa Lee says.
“When I asked the Minister for Broadcasting and Media Willie Jackson why he was spending taxpayers’ money to merge TVNZ and RNZ in Parliament today, he was completely unable to say what that spending will achieve.
Rural New Zealand is being digitally excluded - Melissa Lee, Nicola Grigg
Melissa Lee September 26, 2022 Share
Today’s Federated Farmers Rural Connectivity Survey shows that rural New Zealand is being digitally excluded, National’s Digital Economy and Communications spokesperson Melissa Lee and Rural Communities spokesperson Nicola Grigg say.
"It is unacceptable that our farmers, the backbone of the Kiwi economy, are unable to embrace new technologies at the farm gate, or use digital tools to grow their businesses, educate their children or live their lives online due to poor connectivity," says Ms Lee.
The Aotearoa NZ (RNZ TVNZ) Public Media Bill is now up for submissions.
Melissa Lee August 19, 2022 Share
You know already National opposes the $370million wasteful spend that the Government thinks is the future of New Zealand’s public broadcasters.
Every submission highlighting your concerns is welcomed by me and the National Team so please write into the EDSI Committee and have your say.
The legislation is vague. The cost is massive.
We don’t even have the benefit of knowing what the financials will be for any revenue gains long-term with the Minister hiding behind the wall of OIA redactions and Commercial sensitivity when hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars are spent as inflation continues to hit our pockets.
The reality, a Public Media monolith, is dire and the Government’s own independent advice from Sapere has made it clear it’s not needed.
The merger and blurring of RNZ and TVNZ into ANZPM will not only ensure, during a cost-of-living crisis, that the Labour Government re-prioritised consultants for their mates over actual content, actual decisions and real outcomes for New Zealand’s media future but also permanently change New Zealand’s media landscape in a way that it will take years to unravel.