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The growth of Waimakariri electorate was the focus of the first round of Waimakariri  MP Matt Doocey’s Keeping Connected Evening Meetings.

The first round of the pop-up meetings to make the MP more accessible to working and commuting residents took place from June 20 to June 23 at various locations around the electorate.

Doocey said a range of issues that were raised in a survey that went out to homes around the electorate before the meetings were echoed in the discussions during the evening meetings.

“Some of the challenges of an electorate that has positive growth were raised,” Doocey said. “These included congestion, reliable travel times, protecting the great landscapes and outdoors of the Waimak and access to healthcare, as well as the issues caused by urban development in rural areas.”

Doocey said he was impressed by people taking time out at night to attend and the liveliness of the discussions.

“It really helps me stay connected to the issues on the ground. With a lot of growth we having growing pains and that’s the reason I make sure I get out in the electorate. It’s about keeping connected either through my night meetings, my caravan clinics, my two offices or just living and working in the electorate with my family,” Doocey said.

The next round of meetings will be held at the following venues from 7pm to 8pm:   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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