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Opening a new office in Belfast will make him more accessible to constituents in northern Christchurch, Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says.

The Rt Hon David Carter, Speaker of the House of Representatives, will open the new office for Waimakariri electorate at 731 Main North Road, in Christchurch, on Monday, October 17.

Doocey will retain his offices in Kaiapoi and Rangiora.

“I learnt during my mid-winter, pop-up Keeping Connected evening meetings that people have different ways of connecting to assistance. It is important to me to keep connected to issues on the ground and I am always looking at ways to be accessible.”

Doocey runs monthly community constituent clinics through his mobile caravan in Oxford, Woodend and Northwood, as well as meetings targeted at different demographic groups, including business, the elderly and youth. He said it was about getting to people on their patch at times that suited them.

“The rise of digital communication has seen a rapid increase in constituents contacting me through my website or directly by email but I have found many people still feel they can communicate best face-to-face,” Doocey said.

The MP said Waimakariri electorate’s rapid growth, mix of peri-urban and rural areas, and vibrant regeneration presented a unique set of circumstances that had shaped his response as an MP.

“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,” Doocey said.

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