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This time next week we celebrate the arrival of spring and the re-opening of our new Farmers’ building. As the daffodils remind us that after winter comes rebirth, the opening of Farmers has come to symbolise for us a celebration of how far we have come as a community.

We’ve looked forward to the opening as a time for celebration, accentuating a period of openings and new beginnings. The Farmers Rangiora Festival will showcase the regeneration of our town centres. We can be proud of our progress and that our town centres have retained their distinctive characters. As local MP, I meet with a range of people in my role who are upbeat that Waimakariri is heading in the right direction and is on track.

I am proud to be a sponsor of this great family event through sponsoring the medical station.  Having a young family, the Farmers Rangiora Festival is another example of Waimakariri being a great place for families and I look forward to meeting you there.

The Big Splash event a few weeks back in winter was a very chilly affair but jumping into that icy water was worth it to raise money for the Rangiora Stroke Club. I’ve always been a supporter of community-led initiatives. The Stroke Club does good work in helping sufferers of stroke and their families, as well as spreading awareness, and I was glad to do my bit to support them.

I celebrated the work of more of our volunteers when I attended the Kaiapoi Volunteer Fire Brigade Awards. It is important to acknowledge the sacrifice our firemen and woman make in juggling their professional and family lives while protecting our community.

I was also impressed with the community spirit that was very much in evidence when I spoke at the Belfast-Kaiapoi Rotary Club recently. I look forward to working with them in any way I can. As always, I am here to help.

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