Thank you to everyone who supported my petition for a third lane southbound over the Waimak Bridge. On Friday I presented the petition to the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Implementation Committee (UDSIC). A few hours later we were celebrating we had been heard.
The UDSIC has recommended to the New Zealand Transport Agency construction of a third lane south subject to conditions. Getting the voice of our commuters to the discussions was my priority. My online petition received over 1000 signatures. To have this level of support in such a short period shows how many in our community wanted the Waimak voice to be heard.
Despite the rain, my wife Viki and I managed to complete the North Canterbury Relay For Life, walking through the night to raise money for the Cancer Society. With my father-in-law, Viki’s dad, being recently diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer, we wanted to support the great work the Cancer Society undertakes for patients and their families.
As your local MP it is important to me to keep connected with all my constituents. I know life can get busy with work and family commitments, and traditionally an MP’s office is only open during business hours. That’s why I am bringing back my evening meetings. Although we are increasingly communicating via email and social media, nothing beats connecting face to face. Next month I will be hosting my Keeping Connected Evening Meetings across the electorate for us to have a conversation about what matters to you. All the meetings run from 7.30pm to 8.30pm and there’s no need to RSVP – just turn up and join in the discussions: Rangiora Town Hall: 1 May; Kaiapoi Library: 8 May; Woodend Community Hall: 15 May; Oxford Town Hall: 16 May; West Eyreton School: 17 May; Belfast Rugby Club: 18 May; Swannanoa Community Hall: 22 May; Cust Community Hall: 29 May.