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Thursday, January 28, 2016

2016 is getting off to a good start with some exciting events lining up.

I enjoyed meeting with constituents over the summer break, with my offices re-opening after the statutory holidays. Keeping connected is vital to my role as your MP and over 2016 I will be providing opportunities to meet with groups of constituents across a range of issues, as well as bringing in key people to the electorate so that your voices can be heard and to showcase our successes. Next week, Hon Nicky Wagner will be in the electorate to meet local groups under her portfolios of   Disability Issues, Conservation (Associate) and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery (Associate).  I am looking forward to using this opportunity to advocate for our area and its needs. One of the issues we will be looking at is the rehabilitation of our Cam River and the work being done by the Kaiapoi Rehabilitation Group, on which I am regularly briefed.

This event will be followed by some visits by Cabinet ministers, brought about by listening to and meeting with constituents. Being aware of the issues on the ground brings relevance to my role and it is only through keeping connected to the issues that MPs can be effective.

Next month, I will be rolling out youth roadshows with my Youth MP, Holly Fletcher, to gather our young people’s views ahead of Youth Parliament. These will be held around the electorate, so if you are young and have ideas, Holly and I want to hear from you. I am also looking forward to the first of a series of meetings I am holding with our seniors, whose advice and insight I appreciate. And, of course, this year I am looking forward to meeting more of Waimakariri electorate’s Young Professionals at my Young Professional get-togethers.

This is just a sample of the initiatives I am rolling out this year, including extended community clinic provision, so please look out for more on these or ring my offices to be included on my email list to receive more information on how I can connect with you this year.