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March 2018

It was with a sense of homage to those who lost loved ones on 22 February 2011 that I stood with our Canterbury MPs at the public memorial service last month in Christchurch to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Canterbury earthquakes. When the national memorial was unveiled last year, Rt Hon Bill English described it as a place to grieve and a place to hope. Our investment in the regeneration of our region and our commitment to the people of Canterbury is evidenced by the transformed Christchurch, Waimakariri and Selwyn we see today. We stood with the people of Canterbury seven years ago and we stand with the people of Canterbury today.

I enjoyed speaking at a meeting of U3A (University of the Third Age) in Northern Christchurch recently on my work as Spokesperson for Greater Christchurch Regeneration to ensure our region is resourced for its growth and regeneration, and on my background in mental health and current work as Spokesperson for Mental Health. I enjoyed a robust discussion afterwards with members. I enjoy meeting with different groups in our community so if you would like me to attend or speak at your meeting, please do get in touch with my offices.

You might have heard me speaking on the radio recently about my upcoming event with Paul Lynch on 26 March at 7.30pm in the Rangiora Town Hall. This is the start of a series of community conversations I will be having around our shared experiences with mental health to help break the stigma of asking for help. I do hope you are able to attend this important discussion.

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