The opening of the new Farmers building in Rangiora symbolises how far Waimakariri has come as a community, Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says.
“Today is a milestone day for our community, accentuating a time of openings and new beginnings. It has been a time of exciting growth and progress for our area,” Doocey said.
The MP said the community had shared some important milestones that had begun with the Prime Minister coming to Waimakariri to open the Oxford Town Hall. “Since then, we have marked the opening of the Rangiora Town Hall, the new Ashley Bridge on Cones Road, the opening of the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre, Enterprise North Canterbury’s new flagship building and our new health hub.”
Doocey said it was good to see the optimism and confidence of retailers in the vibrant new town centre.
“I recently had the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Gerry Brownlee, in the electorate and he was impressed not only with the progress of our town centres but that they have retained their distinctive characters,” Doocey said.
“I meet with a range of people in my role, from business people to community groups to people on the street, who are upbeat that Waimakarri is heading in the right direction and is on track. I think it’s fair to say Waimakariri is thriving and open for business,” Doocey said.