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''DISAPPOINTED'': Waimakariri MP Kate
Wilkinson lost her Cabinet seat after a re-
WAIMAKARIRI MP Kate Wilkinson says
she is naturally disappointed'' following
news yesterday she had lost her Cabinet
seat, but the move has not shaken her
support for the Prime Minister.
In a statement she said the move
would allow her to give more time to her
It has been an honour and a privilege
to have served as a Minister in the
National-led government and I am proud
of my contribution to Cabinet over the
past four years. I now intend putting all
my energy into continuing to serve the
people of Waimakariri as their local MP.
Waimakariri has some significant
challenges, particularly following the
earthquakes, and I am committed to
doing what I can to help steer the elector-
ate through these challenging times.''
The Prime Minister described the reshuf-
fle, in which Phil Heatley also lost his
Cabinet seat, as an opportunity to intro-
duce fresh energy and ideas''.
Phil and Kate have both made a real
contribution to the Government in their
four years as Ministers and I'd like to
thank them for that.''
While in Cabinet Ms Wilkinson served
as Minister for conservation, food safety,
and labour. She was also associate min-
ister of immigration.
In November last year she resigned
her portfolio as minister of labour follow-
ing the publication of the Royal Com-
mission of Inquiry's report into the 2010
Pike River Mine disaster.
Our golden girl
Teen claims top accolade at event
By MAT KERMEEN
SWEET GOLD: Lizzie
Stevenson won a gold medal at
the Youth Olympic Festival in
Sydney on Saturday night.
EVERY YOUNG woman
loves buying jewellery,
but Lizzie Stevenson has
a piece of gold around her neck
that only hard work can bring.
On Saturday night in Sydney,
the Flaxton teenager and Auck-
land team-mate Alexa Kennedy,
won gold in the women's
synchronised trampoline at the
Australian Youth Olympic
The New Zealand flag flying
high, gold medal around her
neck and Kiwi supporters sing-
ing the national anthem, Lizzie
says she had a rush of thoughts
going through her head during
the medal ceremony.
It's such a proud feeling. I
was thinking about my country
medal for New Zealand.''
The 13-year-old pairing, com-
peting in an under-17 compe-
tition, had a nervous wait after
their routine as the British and
Australian teams delivered
It was hard watching the
others after us. We knew it was
close, but when we finally
realised we'd won, it was so
exciting . . . just an amazing
Lizzie's coach at ICE trampol-
ine and tumbling in Rangiora,
Nigel Humphries, did not travel
to Australia, but spent time
coaching the pair over Christ-
mas. He was over the moon
when he received a text message
from Lizzie's mother on
He said the girls were deserv-
ing winners after countless
hours of training.
Mr Humphries said the girls
had a high difficulty routine in
an attempt to be competitive -- a
high risk, high reward scenario
-- and delivered.
Lizzie's proud parents, Ally
and Graeme, were among the
Kiwi supporters that included
athletes from other sports at the
games, cheering the pair.
When you know how much
work Lizzie has put in and you
see her getting the rewards, it's
such a satisfying feeling,'' Mrs
As a parent you want to see
your child happy and to see Liz-
zie standing up there it's such
an immense feeling of pride and
Lizzie said the success has not
sunk in yet, but the gold medal
means everything to her.
Having that Olympics tag
makes it so much bigger.''
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