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.