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We’re into the start of another busy year. I enjoyed working hard for Waimakariri last year and look forward to another busy year in the electorate assisting our residents.

We received a number of good outcomes in December, including the news that the Canterbury District Health Board will expand after-hours provision for North Canterbury, which was announced at the public meeting I held to review health-care provision in our area, and the announcement of transitionary Work and Income services for our Kaiapoi residents to carry us through to the end of this month. I will be working alongside other stakeholders, including local councillors, community board members and age and health-care stakeholders, to explore with the Ministry all options for our Kaiapoi residents.

This year, I will again be rolling out my Keeping Connected Evening Meetings in different areas across the electorate. I received great feedback last year that residents appreciated the opportunity to catch up with me at a venue close to their homes at a time that suited them.  I will also be continuing my community constituent caravan in Oxford and Woodend, as well as my offices in Rangiora, Kaiapoi and Belfast.

Being aware of the issues on the ground brings relevance to my role and it is only through keeping connected to the issues that MPs can be effective.

As our schools start another busy year, I will continue my regular visits to check in and catch up with their news. Our school communities are enjoying increased investment and I enjoy seeing the progress of these building projects which are ensuring we provide modern learning environments to help our students achieve their potential. I am looking forward to a year of openings of school halls and classrooms.

Remember, I am here to help, so if you or someone you know is battling with an issue, please do make contact.

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