'Useless' MP working hard for rural communities

Rural Exchange 28/10/2018

Despite being labelled "f**king useless" by her own party leader, Maureen Pugh says she is busy working for New Zealand's rural communities.

The National MP who is 54th on the party list was thrust into the spotlight recently when Jami-Lee Ross released a recording of a conversation he had with Simon Bridges in June.

In the recording, Mr Bridges makes unkind remarks about several of his MPs, but saved his harshest words for Ms Pugh.

"Maureen Pugh is f**king useless."

But Ms Pugh, the party's West Coast-Tasman representative, told RadioLIVE's Rural Exchange she is busy focusing on key issues for her rural community.

Todd Muller, National's climate change spokesperson, is travelling with Ms Pugh to Motueka and Nelson this week to discuss the impacts of the Zero Carbon Bill with locals.

Ms Pugh says the meetings will help the National party pick up local knowledge.

"We're making sure that we hear from the community about the impacts on them and making sure [the conversation] is balanced," she told RadioLIVE’s Rural Exchange.

"Some of the debate gets skewed a little bit, and we need to make sure that the communities can keep up with the change."

Ms Pugh also discussed the lacking rural health standards and the importance of whitebait in the West Coast economy.

Watch the full interview with Maureen Pugh above.

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