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It was great to be out in Belfast on Friday for my community clinic.  Staying connected is vital for an MP in understanding the issues our communities are dealing with.

I am running several initiatives to meet with constituents. I hope to see you at my Keeping Connected Evening Meeting at the Belfast Rugby and Football Club on 14 July from 7pm to 8pm. It is important to me to be accessible and have this   opportunity to hear from you about issues which matter to you.

I have been catching up with businesses in Northern Christchurch and receiving good feedback. The latest Household Labour Force Survey shows unemployment in Canterbury is at three per cent -  the lowest in the country. This business confidence and current low inflation is good news for families.

During a recent visit to the Christchurch North corps of the Salvation Army with fellow MP Scott Simpson, I was impressed by the work being done by the team. It was a good opportunity to explore how we can work together. As Deputy Chair of Parliament’s Social Services Select Committee, I know it is important to connect people with the agencies that can assist them.

I’m always happy to bring key people into the electorate to hear our issues and showcase our successes, so I invited Scott Simpson during his visit to view the award-winning Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust riparian planting project along the Otukaikino Stream near the Groynes that will link up major walkways in our region.

Lastly, I want to thank the Northwood Residents’ Association and 41 Club at Papanui RSA for opportunities to speak at their events. I enjoyed bringing them up to date on the work I’m doing in our area.


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