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Mooney urges southerners to look out for each other during lockdown

August 18, 2021 Share

MP for Southland Joseph Mooney’s message to southern communities is to stay safe and look after each other following yesterday’s announcement of a three-day national lockdown.

Like the rest of New Zealand, the Southland Electorate moved to alert level four today following confirmation of a COVID19 case in the community in Auckland, which is suspected to be the highly transmissible Delta variant of the virus.


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April Newsletter 2021

April 30, 2021 Share

What a day it was after more than 12 months to welcome our neighbours from across the Tasman back to the south this month. While many family and friends have reunited, these flights have also brought with them hope for our hurting communities worst affected by Covid-19 like Te Anau and Queenstown. 


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March Newsletter 2021

March 31, 2021 Share

Just like that and March has been and gone - a month filled with ups and downs. We changed alert levels, there was speculation a trans-Tasman bubble announcement was coming, only to be disappointed by an announcement about an announcement and the Government delayed implementing changes to the winter grazing rules until next year. On the ground in Southland, I’ve been right across the electorate with National Party branch AGMs and visiting various areas with my National colleagues. I can assure you we are working hard in Wellington to make sure your voices are being heard.

On another note, I'd also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy Easter for this coming weekend. Enjoy the time with your family and friends and enjoy the long weekend if you can. A special mention to those of you who will be working this holiday period - I hope you will enjoy a well-deserved break soon too. 




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February Newsletter 2021

February 26, 2021 Share

As the sun shines while I pen this newsletter, I look back on the month which has been full of ups and downs. With an array of wonderful events held throughout the electorate from A & P Shows to Waitangi celebrations, we’ve also had a timely reminder Covid-19 remains an ongoing battle in our country. The impacts of closed borders continue to be felt in Te Anau and Queenstown and will be felt for many months, if not years, to come.


We need to support these communities right now and help them get through the tough times. The reality is that if something is not done very soon to assist our small, family-run businesses which are reliant on the tourism sector, there won’t be any businesses around when international tourists do finally return. I’m advocating hard for these businesses in Wellington. If you haven’t already, I would encourage you to visit Te Anau or Queenstown for a holiday close to home this year and support these communities.



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January Newsletter 2021

January 29, 2021 Share

Happy New Year. With 2020 now behind us, many will be hoping it is onwards and upwards from here. I hope you all managed some family time over the festive period. I enjoyed getting out and about throughout the electorate over the past few weeks and it has been great to see some of you on my ventures. It’s been an interesting start to 2021 across the Southland electorate, with wild weather battering many, causing flooding and road closures. I hope those of you on farms have not been too adversely affected by the rain, as preparations for winter feed are well underway. I feel for those of you who are orchardists who have seen your crops destroyed or damaged but hope you are managing to recover in some way. Next week, I’ll be attending the annual Waitangi Day celebrations as National’s Spokesperson for Treaty Negotiations and then it’s back to Wellington for the first sitting week of the year. I’m looking forward to a busy year being a strong advocate for Southland.




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December Newsletter 2020

December 23, 2020 Share

Happy Holidays! In the last newsletter for 2020, it is amazing to think in two days we will be celebrating Christmas. It’s been an incredibly busy month in the lead up to the festive season as the house has risen and I’ve had days throughout the electorate. From dealing with many immigration issues in Queenstown to the Government listening to our calls and announcing 2000 RSE workers will be allowed into New Zealand next year, to taking part in the Gore Santa parade and attending the Gore High School graduation – it’s been an eventful time.  As we wind down for 2020, I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for support since I was elected. I really couldn’t have done it without you.




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November Newsletter 2020

December 01, 2020 Share

Welcome to my first annual newsletter as the MP for Southland. What a ride it has been to get here today. This week I have officially been sworn in as the MP and I’m looking forward to being a strong representative for this great electorate in Wellington.

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