I have enjoyed the last 8 months since I was elected as Chair. I still have a lot to learn but am thoroughly enjoying the experience and all the advice and guidance I receive especially from you as members and from past chair Jim Gerard and my vice chair Dan Gordon.
I regularly attend the Supporters Group led very ably by Mary Gerard and her Team. The Executive has met regularly and ensures the planning and smooth running of the electorate and support for our hard-working MP Matt Doocey. I would like to particularly thank Margaret Fitness for her tireless work following up on membership. Since our last newsletter, we have appointed Dean Percy as Electorate Secretary and David Stringer as Policy Chair. Both are making a great contribution to our Executive Team.
I am continually impressed with Matt and his hard work and advocacy for our community not only here locally but also in Wellington and throughout the Country as National’s spokesperson for Mental Health. I get a lot of pleasure watching question time when the house is sitting and of course we see a lot of Matt in his role as Junior Opposition Whip as he sits behind our Leader Hon Simon Bridges. I constantly receive positive feedback about Matt’s work which is very encouraging.
As this is our final newsletter for the year, on behalf of Carolyn and myself I would like to take the opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy and safe Christmas holiday period. We hope to be able to see you at the Electorate Christmas Party where we can enjoy each other’s fellowship and a bit of Christmas cheer. Thanks to Mary and Jim Gerard for making their home and beautiful garden available again this year.
Thank you for your continuing support. It is very much appreciated.
Electorate Christmas Function
At 3 Golding Avenue, Rangiora, Sunday 16 December, 4pm to 6pm.
Please RSVP by 09/12/2018 by phone: 03 313 5033 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Report From Matt Doocey MP
Taking my Christmas photograph to go in my electorate newsletter with members of our great emergency services made me realize again how lucky we are to be living in New Zealand. The paramedic team was more than willing to do their Christmas costumes and take part in wishing our community a Happy Christmas – even though it was October! Community spirit like this and a willingness to get involved reminds us all of the things that are the most important to us, especially at this time of the year.
Our local businesses appreciated an opportunity in August to engage with National’s climate-change Spokesman Todd Muller, to better understand Government’s new climate-change legislation. Todd was able to bring some of his experiences in working with other parties as Parliament pursues a bi-partisan approach to this important issue, and he explained why it is essential we take a science-based approach. Innovation and technology will be crucial in helping our key industry sectors like transport and waste, agriculture and forestry, energy regeneration and industrial manufacturing adapt to both the challenges and opportunities. The climate-change lunch attracted a wide range of our local business people and I enjoyed supporting them in staying abreast of what is happening around these important issues.
I have been working with our Woodend residents, who are disappointed to once again have to go through a safety consultation with the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) around State Highway 1 through Woodend after Government didn’t commit to National’s planned Belfast to Pegasus motorway extension, which included the Woodend Bypass. This major project was announced last year under the National-led Government’s second generation of Roads of National Significance. I petitioned Parliament and pushed the Transport Minister to commit to this project, and our residents are disappointed they have not been listened to. Token, small-scale improvements won’t make residents feel safer trying to cross SHI or access it from side roads.
I’ve been attending some impressive long-service and other awards evenings with our local Fire Brigades that speak to the huge commitment of our volunteer firefighters and their families.
I always prioritize these and other volunteer events to join in with saying thank you on behalf of all of our community. Over the weeks ahead, I will also be visiting our local schools and taking part in their prizegivings and assemblies.
It’s getting out and about in our community that I value most as your local MP.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a New Year of good health and well being!
MP for Waimakariri
Special Meeting with Hon Paula Bennett
Wednesday 14th November at 10.30am we are having a special meeting with Hon Paula Bennett MP, Deputy Leader of the National Party, Mainpower Oval, Coldstream Road, Rangiora. This will be very interesting, and if you can make it, I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy it. All members are welcome.
Waimakariri National Party Supporters Group
The Waimakariri National Party Supporters Group meet on the first Friday of every month at the Main Power Oval, Coldstream road Rangiora, starting at 10.30am. We begin with morning tea before the meeting. We have interesting speakers, usually a member of parliament. Last month we were lucky to have Dan Gordon (Electorate Vice-Chair) speak to us on his trip to Passchendaele, which members enjoyed very much.
Mary Gerard (Chair Supporters Group)
Phone 03 313 5033