Ministerial focus on Waimakariri

Waimakariri news
Monday, May 25, 2015

Waimakariri’s soaring construction activity and retail trade is the focus of key events taking place this month, with three Cabinet ministers visiting the electorate next week, Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says.

Simon Bridges, Todd McClay and Nick Smith will all be in Waimakariri electorate next week.

Doocey is bringing Ministers Bridges and McClay to Waimakariri to visit local businesses and be briefed on the latest infometrics which confirm business momentum in the area is still pushing strongly upwards. The ministers will also be briefed on some of the challenges that the region faces.

Transport issues facing Waimakariri commuters will be a key component of Transport Minister Bridge’s visit, Doocey said.

“You’ve just got to look at the new residential housing developments and retail nodes that are mushrooming across the electorate to realise that construction and trade are still projecting strongly upwards. With this increase, we are seeing a parallel movement of people moving into the electorate,” Mr Doocey added.

Helping first-time homeowners into their own homes will be the focus of the KiwiSaver HomeStart Roadshow being held by Housing Minister Nick Smith on Wednesday 13 May at 7pm in the Rangiora Town Hall.

“The Roadshow proved very popular in Christchurch and it is great that I could invite the Minister to host it in Waimakariri so that local first-home buyers can attend to hear more about how they can utilise the HomeStart package,” Doocey said.

Property developers will be able to vent their frustrations at the Rules Reduction Taskforce meeting that will be held on Thursday 14 May at 6.30pm in the Rangiora Town Hall upstairs function room.

“The Rules Reduction Taskforce team want to hear from our local residents about those property rules and regulations that are getting in the way of rebuilding our region and the common-sense things that people want to do with their property,” Doocey said.