Member of Parliament, Chair, Health Select Committee
New Zealand Parliament
December 1999 - September 2011 (11 years)
As a Member of Parliament, my private members bill, the Employment Relations, Flexible Working Hours bill, became law in 2008. I chaired the Health Select Committee of Parliament from 2006-9; and was Deputy Chair from 1999-2006. I initiated select committee inquiries into ambulance services, obesity and type 2 diabetes, aged care and natural health regulation. I secured funding for a $12m Nutrition Fund for Schools, and initiated and helped develop the School Food Guidelines that were implemented nationwide.