If you were driving with your family over the Easter break, you would have noticed my road-safety signs reminding everyone to plan breaks when driving to avoid fatigue.
When I was a teenager, I was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a serious crash when the driver fell asleep. Road safety is not only about speed. My personal experience has made me very aware of the role fatigue plays in our accident statistics. I wanted to share this message and worked closely with the Waimakariri District Council and the New Zealand Transport Authority to launch this road-safety message.
Visiting our new Rangiora Fire Station with the Prime Minister recently, I was impressed with the professionalism of our volunteer emergency men and women. The new building has been designed for not only the safety of our Fire Brigade but also their wellbeing. Waimakariri district is now the third-largest by population in the South Island. It’s no surprise this new fire station with a 36-strong Fire Brigade is much needed, as they potentially respond to an increasing number of calls every year.
The Prime Minister is Cantabrian born and bred, and is regularly in the region, so it was good to bring him again to Waimakariri. We were briefed by Fulton Hogan and NZTA that construction of the Western Belfast Bypass is progressing ahead of schedule and under budget. It will be a game-changer for Waimakariri commuters.
The opening of Enterprise North Canterbury’s new building by the Prime Minister in Kaiapoi was another highlight. The building provides a valuable hub from which to build and support our businesses, and is another great anchor project for Kaiapoi.
The Prime Minister’s visit this month - to open our regional development hub’s new building in Kaiapoi and visit our new Rangiora Fire Station, to view progress on the construction of the Western Belfast Bypass and Farmers building, and to open a retail development and business premises – showed a district that is thriving and open for business.