It seemed party political

LETTER

I was very surprised to find a coloured four-page supplement from a political party in my daily paper. Anne Tolley has legitimately used the parliamentary budget and funds as she is the MP for this area, and has included photos of her five electorate offices. However, much of the supplement appears to be party political promotion.

In this day and age of adverse comments on every coalition policy, initiative and parliamentary spend, it seems a bit hypocritical and over the top to spend a great deal of taxpayers’ money like this.

Mary-Ann de Kort

Footnote response from East Coast MP Anne Tolley:

I never seem able to meet Mary-Ann de Kort’s expectations, but the East Coast electorate is the largest North Island general electorate and I always try to provide those whom I represent with good information on my activities.

I use Facebook, but not everyone accesses social media. I talk on radio and use the local newspapers.

This latest paper has a front page outlining my work as Deputy Speaker, my trip with the Speaker’s delegation to the Pacific (cross party), and an article about Parliamentary Services’ new virtual reality tool for schools.

Inside the focus is on New Zealand’s 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage and my election to an international women’s committee of Parliamentarians. I’ve included a roundup from each office, mainly focused on local happenings — projects, volunteers, school opening etc. The back page has my Youth MP, my staff and our offices.

If anyone missed it, or wants another copy, Caroline in my office has some spares.

I was very surprised to find a coloured four-page supplement from a political party in my daily paper. Anne Tolley has legitimately used the parliamentary budget and funds as she is the MP for this area, and has included photos of her five electorate offices. However, much of the supplement appears to be party political promotion.

In this day and age of adverse comments on every coalition policy, initiative and parliamentary spend, it seems a bit hypocritical and over the top to spend a great deal of taxpayers’ money like this.

Mary-Ann de Kort

Footnote response from East Coast MP Anne Tolley:

I never seem able to meet Mary-Ann de Kort’s expectations, but the East Coast electorate is the largest North Island general electorate and I always try to provide those whom I represent with good information on my activities.

I use Facebook, but not everyone accesses social media. I talk on radio and use the local newspapers.

This latest paper has a front page outlining my work as Deputy Speaker, my trip with the Speaker’s delegation to the Pacific (cross party), and an article about Parliamentary Services’ new virtual reality tool for schools.

Inside the focus is on New Zealand’s 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage and my election to an international women’s committee of Parliamentarians. I’ve included a roundup from each office, mainly focused on local happenings — projects, volunteers, school opening etc. The back page has my Youth MP, my staff and our offices.

If anyone missed it, or wants another copy, Caroline in my office has some spares.

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John Fricker - 10 days ago
Why are you so miffed citizen de Kort?
You agree the use of budget is legitimate, what am I missing?

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