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Last week I presented my submission in Parliament to save the Northern Christchurch motorway extension. National’s announcement last year of a four-lane highway from Belfast to Pegasus, with separation of traffic from the other direction and a Woodend Bypass, was greeted with relief by motorists and residents. However, with the current Government’s shift in priorities to Auckland public transport, the motorway was left off NZTA’s 10-year plan. We are enjoying significant results from the Greater Christchurch motorway projects delivered under National and Government needs to commit to this second stage.

I enjoyed visiting mental-health service providers in Christchurch recently as Mental Health Spokesperson to see how we can do better in strengthening wellbeing and developing robust policies around suicide prevention and supporting agencies working on the ground.

Community broadcasters in Canterbury are important cultural resources and play a valuable role in our communities. I enjoyed taking part in SEWN’s Party Talk panel discussion in Christchurch with other National Party MPs on how our policies can support non-commercial broadcasters while ensuring transparency.

This weekend I will be at the National Party stand at the Canterbury A&P Show, so please pop in to say hello or let me know if you would like to meet me in my Belfast office around any issue. It’s great that town and country have this opportunity each year to come together.

I joined our community in marking the events of 100 years ago, on 11 November 1918, when the world witnessed the end of World War 1. Over 100,000 New Zealanders served our country and since then New Zealanders have continued to fight with that same courage.

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