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Congratulations to Oxford’s Thomas Robson for winning the Matt Doocey Supreme Youth Award for Waimakariri at the Canterbury Youth Awards. Thomas is a member of the Oxford-Ohoka Community Board and also provides a valuable, fresh perspective to a number of our community organisations, as well as having worked hard around youth development. It was an easy decision for me to get behind the awards again in recognition of how much young people like Thomas give back to their communities.

Oxford commuters would have noticed progress on the three-laning of the Waimakariri Motorway Bridge. I successfully petitioned NZTA for a third southbound lane to address the morning bottleneck up to Tram Road and ensure we enjoy the full benefits of the Western Belfast Bypass. It’s always been my priority to have the voice of the Waimakariri heard and I will continue to fight for infrastructure solutions to match our growth.

I am disappointed Government has let down our North Canterbury residents by not committing to the Belfast to Pegasus motorway extension, including the Woodend Bypass. Last year, National announced this project under the second generation of Roads of National Significance. Government’s reduction in state highway funding to pay for Auckland public transport projects has resulted in this project being dropped. Token, small-scale improvements won’t improve congestion or make residents feel safer when trying to cross over or access SH1.

I enjoyed speaking to Oxford Area School students on why they should apply to be my Youth MP. As local MP, it’s important to me to spend time with our young people and hear what they have to say, and I look forward to engaging with them with my new Youth MP.

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