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Thank you Queenstown

August 10 2020 by Scott Stevens

Thank you Queenstown

It has been a privilege serving the community over the past three years as the Member of Parliament for Clutha-Southland.

I want to thank you for your support over the past three years and over the past month. I’ve had many messages of support and appreciate the people who have taken time to reach out. I am human and made a stupid mistake. I owned it and have taken responsibility - life is about living and learning.

I successfully lobbied the Minister to increase the housing cap here by $100,000. After organising a protest march in 2017, much loved Queenstown family Sam, Dinesha and their three boys were granted permanent residency. A big thank you to the 450 of you who turned up to support this wonderful family. You made the difference.

I’ve had many discussions with stakeholders over the years to ensure the old Wakatipu High School site was to be used for housing. I brought the Parliamentary Rugby Team to Queenstown, taking on the late Blair Vining’s Invitational Side raising $14,000 for Garston School and the Blair Vining Sport’s Foundation.

We saved the Te Anau rescue chopper base and had a rescue chopper instated here. I’ve lobbied hard for the return of an Immigration New Zealand office and also for a geographic change to allow people in areas like Shotover Country and Lake Hayes Estate to be eligible for the Accommodation Supplement.

I’ve fought for hundreds of migrants who have made the Lakes District their home. Like Lana McLuskey who I am continuing to fight for in her attempt to gain an exemption. Lana is an essential skills visa holder here in Queenstown who gives one-on-one support three days a week to Levi Vallance who suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Grin2B. The disorder means he is non-verbal, non-mobile and requires assistance with everything he does.

I have met Lana, Levi and his parents and I could see first-hand the special bond Lana and Levi have.

I recently went up to The Remarkables to check out the new ski lift which was made possible after I helped to get an immigration exemption for a specialist ski field splicer. We only had several days to get the exemption before it would have been too late to get one. A shout out to the Wakatipu High School Rugby 1st XV who played hard against John McGlashan College on Saturday – sorry about the ref (yours truly).

It’s been a busy three years but I have loved every minute of it.

I’ve fought hard for Queenstown and have done everything I possibly could for every person that has come to me for assistance. A special thank you to Paula Denton who has worked tirelessly with me in the Frankton office, who always went above and beyond for our community. All the best to the new National candidate Joseph Mooney. Thank you for the privilege in serving you as your MP.

Hamish Walker

- Scott Stevens
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  • Dan

    I'm sorry Hamish but to say you made a mistake and owned it is not correct. Mainstream media reported that you hired a QC to try and prevent Todd Muller from naming you as the Covid 19 patient data leaker - ironically to protect YOUR privacy. Todd is quoted as saying he had to wait a day or two after learning it was you before telling media because he had to get his own legal opinion whether or not he could name you. You only owned it after Todd Muller named you. Just like Michelle Boag - and now your party president posing as Merv from Manurewa on talkback radio - your only regret is that you got caught.

    Posted 11/08/2020 12:25pm (1 month ago)

  • Over the hills and far away.

    With the way the disenguious explanation of your unconscioable behaviour effortlessly flowed accross the written page , without any sense of embarrassment or shame. I think with a skill like that ,you should throw your hat into the ring for the next local body elections, as you would be a natural fit .

    Posted 11/08/2020 7:41pm (1 month ago)