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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Building your own home is an exciting project but it can leave you feeling like you want to tear your hair out trying to get your head around a lot of red tape and legislation.

That’s why I am excited about hosting the Rules Reduction Taskforce in Waimakariri next month. This is a Government initiative aimed at getting feedback from as many people as possible about what property rules they find frustrating and which they believe prevent them from getting on with sensible ideas. We need to focus on rebuilding our region but there could be regulations that are getting in the way of common-sense things that people may be wanting to do with their property.

So if you have ideas, please attend the public meeting on Thursday 14 May in the Rangiora Town Hall upstairs function room, starting at 6.30pm.

May is going to be a busy time in the Waimakariri electorate. I am looking forward to showcasing some of the exciting developments happening in our region to the Hon Todd McClay and the Hon Simon Bridges, both of whom are visiting our region at that time. Just looking around at the new businesses mushrooming around the electorate, all bringing in increased traffic into our CBDs, there is no doubt Waimakariri electorate is booming.

With this increase comes more people moving into our region – and we need to look at all the different ways of helping people into homes. And so, also in May, I am hosting the Hon Nick Smith, Minister for Building and Housing, for the KiwiSaver HomeStart Roadshow, which will tell people how they can utilise the HomeStart package, comprising the KiwiSaver First Home Savings Withdrawal, the KiwiSaver HomeStart grant and the Welcome Home Loan. The meeting will be held on 13 May at 7pm in the Rangiora Town Hall.

I look forward to meeting with you at these exciting events which are moving our families and our communities forward.