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September 2018

After advocating strongly for our residents for the three-laning of the Waimakariri Bridge and a cycle lane with my petition to NZTA last year, it’s exciting to see construction is underway. This project shows how powerful our voices can be when we work together. My petition was about cementing the benefits of National’s major roading projects such as the Western Belfast Bypass, which has significantly shortened travel times.

Our young people are submitting their applications to be my Youth MP 2019 and, once again, I am impressed by their calibre. The deadline is Monday 8 October at 5pm. It’s a great opportunity for our young people to put their passion for social issues into action. Ahead of the last Youth Parliament, my Youth MP and I held roadshows around the electorate to hear the views of our young people. If you are interested, please ring my office on 03 3270514 for details.

I am working with Northwood residents to have their concerns heard by NZTA about the Main North Road/Radcliffe Road intersection. They’re concerned pedestrians don’t have sufficient time to cross safely, and that some motorists are doing illegal u-turns, which is increasing the dangers. After meeting with residents, I’ve written to NZTA requesting a meeting to explore solutions such as changing the signal phasing of the traffic lights.

It was an easy decision for me to get behind the YMCA Canterbury Youth Awards again this year to acknowledge how much our young people are giving back to their communities. Well done to Thomas Robson for winning the Matt Doocey Supreme Youth Award for Waimakariri for your dedication in serving our community.

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