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Northwood business people enjoyed engaging with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon Bill English, at a special session I arranged. Our businesses are behind the success of our region’s economic growth and I am always looking at ways to support them. Latest statistics confirm Canterbury’s small business economy has grown faster than anywhere in the country.  It was great to bring the Minister to Northwood to speak to business people about what’s happening in our area.

I enjoyed meeting Casebrook, Northwood and Belfast residents at my Keeping Connected Evening Meeting at Belfast Rugby Football Club. I was impressed by people taking time out at night to attend and the liveliness of the discussions. It’s about keeping connected through these night meetings, my caravan clinics or just living and working in the electorate with my family.

 As Deputy Chair of the Social Services Select Committee and having a background in mental health, it was important to me to bring the Social Services Select  Committee to Canterbury  to hear from service providers about their response to communities’ psycho-social recovery needs in post-earthquake Canterbury.  I worked to ensure there was cross-party representation for the visit in recognition of Parliament’s continued support of our recovery.

Speaking at the Belfast-Kaiapoi Rotary Club last week, I was impressed by the community spirit that was very much in evidence. I look forward to working with the Belfast-Kaiapoi club in any way I can.

 As always, I’m here to help.

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