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February 2018

Signs for my petition to support the Christchurch Northern motorway extension from Belfast to Pegasus have gone up around the electorate. Last year, National committed to the next tranche of major roading projects to support the growth of our regions. These build on the success of projects like our Western Belfast Bypass. We know it is through integrated traffic solutions that we can move our motorists through our regions smoothly. We need a firm commitment from Government that these projects will go ahead as promised in Budget 2017 and that funding from the National Land Transport Fund is not diverted to rail projects in Auckland. Sign my petition at https://mattdoocey.national.org.nz/save_the_christchurch_northern_motorway

Ensuring our region of Canterbury is resourced for its regeneration and growth is my priority and as Spokesperson for Christchurch Regeneration I am looking forward to joining my fellow Canterbury MPs for a robust discussion at the Piano: Centre for Music and Arts in Armagh Street on 12 February as we talk about where we see the future for our region. As a Canterbury MP, I want to make certain that South Island representation is strong when decisions are made in Parliament.

The first of my community discussions on our shared experiences around mental health kicks off on 26 March in the Rangiora Town Hall at 7.30pm. Paul Lynch, author of “Suicide; Aftermath and Beyond” will challenge our current approach to suicide and the Mental Health team at the Canterbury Rural PHO will be on hand to streamline people on how to access help. We are all in this together.

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