Thank you to the Waimakariri for your huge support. The past three years have been exciting ones for our region and I have enjoyed working hard for you as together we have moved the Waimakariri forward.
I have enjoyed being a hands-on MP who is accessible to everyone across the electorate. I look forward to continuing to engage with Parliament on your behalf and to advocate and ensure we are resourced to meet the demands of a rapidly growing community.
Last week, I turned the sod for Waimakariri’s two cycleway projects. I brought the Minister of Transport to Waimakariri to advocate for these projects to be included in the Urban Cycleways Programme when it looked like we wouldn’t get over the line because of the way our demographics fall between our three towns. Thankfully the Minister agreed with me and now construction is underway for the two cycleways to be completed as early as March. They will provide safe connections for cyclists and pedestrians, separated from the road, between Rangiora and Kaiapoi and Rangiora and Woodend.
It was a big week for Waimakariri commuters last week when their voices were heard with the announcement of the green light for our third lane southbound over the Waimak Bridge. I launched a petition to have this included under current works to keep costs down and to alleviate traffic congestion. A third lane on the Waimakariri Bridge will ease congestion, provide reliable travel times and provide quicker access to the Northern Motorway from the Tram Road on-ramp. A cycleway will also be attached to the bridge to connect new cycleway networks between Waimakariri and Christchurch city.
With the weather finally looking like spring, it was great to join our community in Kaiapoi to launch the Kaiapoi Food Forest with an open planting day. We look forward to shaping these regeneration zones into exciting recreational destinations.