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A new initiative to provide residents of Waimakariri electorate with a new way of keeping connected to their local MP outside of business hours has been kickstarted this week.

“Traditionally, MP offices are open during business hours but with the rapid growth of Waimakariri electorate and new people moving into the region who might be commuting to work, I thought it would be good to go out to meet residents on their patch at a time that suits them,” Doocey said.

This week, the Waimakariri MP put up the first of a series of signs advertising the Keeping Connected Evening Meetings, which run over June and July.

“Nowadays, we are increasingly communicating via email and social media, so I liked the idea of holding pop-up meetings all over the electorate for people to have a conversation about the issues that are important to them,” Doocey said.

The results of a survey undertaken in each area would also be discussed at each meeting, Doocey added.

All meetings will take place from 7pm to 8pm at the venues below:

Swannanoa Community Hall: 20 June; Woodend Community Hall: 21 June; Rangiora RSA: 22 June; Cust Community Hall: 23 June; Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre: 11 July; Oxford Town Hall A&P Meeting Room: 12 July; West Eyreton Community Hall: 13 July; Belfast Rugby Football Club: 14 July.

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