Welcome to my website
I am proud to serve as your MP for Selwyn, a role I have held since 2008. Selwyn is a vibrant electorate with a rapidly growing population and an expanding economy that offers many exciting opportunities for the future. When I am out and about attending events in the electorate, I am always inspired by the many fantastic people I meet from all walks of life.
My ministerial responsibilities do mean that I am required to spend a lot of time in Wellington. However, if you live in the Selwyn electorate and have an issue I can help with or something that you think I should know about, please get in touch with my office in Templeton. They are my representatives in the electorate when I am away in Wellington and are able to advise you on the best course of action for your situation.
Discussing policy initiatives with Hon Maggie Barry
A Christmas message
I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year with family and friends and a relaxing holiday if you are taking a break. It has been a very busy year and I would like to thank you all for your support. I am looking forward to recharging my batteries over the Christmas-New Year period and coming back to work on behalf of the people of Selwyn again in 2015.
My office in Templeton will close on Tuesday 23rd December and will re-open again on Wednesday 14th January.
Malvern community of schools
I am really excited that six local schools here in Selwyn have chosen to hit the ground running by being part of the Government's $359million Investing in Educational success initiative. Darfield School, Glentunnel School, Sheffield Contributing School, Springfield School, Windwhistle School and Darfield High School have joined together to form the Malvern community of schools to share best practice and resources.
Lake Coleridge Power Station Centenary and Open Day
It was great to be part of the Lake Coleridge Power Station Centenary and Open Day on Sunday 7th December. The Lake Coleridge Power Station is significant in that it was the first government hydro-electric scheme in New Zealand and impressively it is still contributing to the national grid a century later! I really enjoyed watching the parade of vintage machinery and the re-enactment by the local children of what school would have been like 100 years ago.
With Deion Campbell, Trustpower's General Manager, Generation, at the Lake Coleridge Power Station Open Day
Making our roads safer
The legal adult breath and blood alcohol limits have now lowered — from 400 to 250mcg of alcohol per litre of breath, and from 80 to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
The 2011 introduction of a zero alcohol limit for drivers aged under 20 has significantly reduced the number of drink-driving offences. We expect the new adult limit to do the same.
The Government is committed to ensuring our roads are safer for all New Zealanders.
We have also changed the rules around how long people can stay on their learner or restricted licences. The system is designed to enable novice drivers and riders to gradually gain skills and experience and to progress to a full licence within a reasonable period, and we believe five years on each licence is reasonable.
Member of Parliament for Selwyn
Amy Adams with Prime Minister John Key.