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With a shortlist of five exciting applicants to interview, it was a difficult choice to have to select only one young person to be my Youth MP.

We’ve got some amazing young people in the Waimakariri who are working hard for our communities and the calibre of applications was overwhelming. Thank you to all the young people who put up their hands to apply to be Youth MP for Waimakariri electorate. Congratulations go to Oxford’s Ellie Tizzard who put forward an inspiring resume and did an impressive interview. Over the next several months, Ellie and I are going to be reaching out to the young people of the Waimakariri and we’ll be utilising some great technology to capture their views. I’m looking forward to working alongside Ellie.

National’s Axe the Fuel Tax petition is attracting a lot of signatures, showing that hard-working New Zealanders are feeling the pinch. The average household is paying $200 per year more in petrol taxes. Constituents have been reaching out to me asking me to do something and signing the petition is a good way to put pressure on Government to provide relief by cancelling the new fuel taxes. Every time a New Zealander puts $1 of petrol into their vehicle, 53 cents is going straight into the Government’s coffers. With the recently announced Treasury surplus, Government should be looking at lowering the excise rates to bring down these record fuel prices – not planning further increases.

I enjoyed getting around the Northern A&P Show last weekend in Rangiora and catching up with our residents and seeing people of all ages enjoy themselves – this is after all what it’s all about. This year was the 147th annual show, which is an impressive record. It’s great that town and country have the opportunity each year to come together in this way.

Speaking at the Cure Boating Club’s 150th anniversary event in Kaiapoi, which attracted attendees from a wide range of ages, brought home the value of clubs like these to our communities. The club is one of the few completely voluntary sports clubs around, with no paid administrators, and they turn out very competitive rowers. Well done on an impressive milestone!

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