As I write my Christmas cards, I reflect that for many of us, 2016 has been a year of mixed blessings. The excellent economic results achieved by the Government (among the highest growth rates in the OECD, a drop to 4.6% unemployment in Wellington, strong surpluses and a number 1 ranking in the Global Prosperity Index) prove the upside of the sensible management National is implementing.

I have enjoyed working on your behalf this year in Wellington, our amazing creative capital which I am proud to call home. I want to thank everyone for their support, their forbearance, and the great ideas which so many people send me in my surveys – some of which I am hoping to take forward next year.

I hope you get the chance to enjoy a peaceful, relaxing, safe and enjoyable holiday with your family. Have a very festive celebration, and a superb 2017 enjoying every success…

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