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August 2018

With over 250 people turning out from the Waimakariri electorate for Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges’s Connecting with Communities Tour, our priorities have certainly been heard. The nation-wide tour has now finished, with about 10,000 New Zealanders sharing their views, and I was thrilled that our residents had a chance to have their voices included.

New climate-change legislation and how it will impact on how we live, and how we as a nation transition to a low-carbon economy, is an issue we should all be thinking about. I wanted to give our residents a chance to have their say on this important topic and enjoyed bringing National’s Climate Change Spokesperson Todd Muller to the electorate for a public meeting last week. Giving our residents the opportunity to air their views on the issues that affect us all is an important priority for me as local MP.

I have written to all our Members of Parliament across New Zealand as National’s Spokesperson for Mental Health to call for a cross-party mental-health group to increase access to services and which will not be affected by changes in Government. I believe that the mental health of New Zealanders is more important than party politics. We need to work on finding common ground to help all New Zealanders.

I am delighted to again be sponsoring the Matt Doocey Supreme Youth Award for Waimakariri in the YMCA Canterbury Youth Awards. Watch our local media for the finalists to be named.

I enjoy bringing my Caucus colleagues to the electorate to hear your views or to visit our community groups and businesses. If you would like me to arrange a visit to your business or community group, then please get in contact.

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