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In politics it’s the actions that count, says Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey, who this week looks back on his first year in Parliament.

“It's fair to say there are a lot of words said in politics over a year but it’s always the actions that count. This week marks the end of my first year as the Member of Parliament for Waimakariri,” Doocey said.

“One of the highlights of the year for me was being successful in helping a local family get rehoused from a caravan to their own home.  In my Maiden speech, I identified some values that we, as New Zealanders, cherish and uphold, and which I committed myself to striving to protect. Strong families and caring communities were on that list.

“Another major highlight over the past year was being successful in advocating for my electorate with the Ministry of Education to ensure out-of-zone school buses continued for the year for affected students at Rangiora High School. Parents came to me with concerns as to how their children would get to school and I agreed with them that having students walking along a motorway was not an option! Working together with stakeholders to keep our communities safe has been a key feature over the past year,” Doocey said.

The MP said that working with a local residents’ group so that they could get better internet connectivity from their provider had been another highlight. “Many of those residents are running small businesses from their homes and poor internet speeds were affecting their businesses.”

Within Parliament, Doocey said a major highlight had been speaking on the National-led Government’s Budget 2015 Children in Hardship Bill.  

“As Deputy Chair of the Social Services Select Committee I look forward to working hard for the wellbeing of all New Zealanders over the coming year,” Doocey said.

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