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I enjoyed working hard for Waimakariri last year and am looking forward to another busy year in the electorate

It was good to end the year with three key announcements for the Waimak. The Canterbury District Health Board announced at the meeting I held to review health-care provision in the Waimak that they are expanding after-hours service in North Canterbury. We have a great model in our paramedic service and I get a lot of positive feedback from the community on it. I am looking forward to hearing more about how the expanded service will look.

Our community came together to find some solutions following the announcement that Work and Income services in Kaiapoi will be relocated to Rangiora. At a meeting I arranged with the regional commissioner for Social Development and local stakeholders, it was agreed to put in place transitionary services over three months. We will all get together again early this year to explore all possible ways to continue services at local level.

The Minister’s endorsement of our community’s plan for our regeneration zones was a welcome Christmas announcement for our community at the end of last year. These future land uses stemmed from ideas put forward by our community and reinforces that our voices were heard.

Over the Christmas break, I enjoyed keeping connected to our community. I again helped at the community Christmas lunch in Kaiapoi on Christmas Day and it was good to see local families enjoying the Christmas spirit together. On New Year’s Eve, it was great to celebrate an impressive milestone in our volunteering sector with a Gold Star presentation at Rangiora Fire Station. Our local firefighters and their families are often called upon to sacrifice family time during the festive season and other special events and anniversaries to keep us safe.  

My office re-opened in the first week of January to assist residents, so if you or someone you know needs help, please do make contact.

I took the time to re-connect with my family and enjoy some of the great recreational opportunities in the Waimak. Wee Dram Farm in Fernside is a regular favourite and we also enjoyed visiting Waikuku Beach, Ashley Gorge and the Ohoka market. These are just some reasons why the Waimak is a great place for families.

I am looking forward to catching up with everyone at Trousselot Park on 6 February to celebrate Waitangi Day. If you see me and my family, do please come and say hello.

Remember to drive safely and enjoy this time recharging and reconnecting with family before the start of another busy year.

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