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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.
On September 20 every vote counts - please support me to remain your voice in Wellington and give your party vote to the NZ National Party to make sure the John Key led-Government can keep working for New Zealand.
Government to help out with repair of Akaroa Museum
I am proud to be part of a Government that has pledged half a million dollars to the Akaroa Museum to allow earthquake repair and strengthening work to proceed.
While the museum, which is owned by the Christchurch City Council, partially re-opened last year, its exhibition spaces have remained closed. This Government funding will enable repairs to begin so that the Museum can re-open fully in time for the 2015-2016 summer visitor season.
Funding for Lincoln University Rebuild
Lincoln University is a major player in the field of agricultural research and land-based science internationally, and is a significant employer in our region. For this reason, I am thrilled that the Government has announced plans to provide up to $107.5 million in capital funding to go towards the rebuild of the University’s science facilities which suffered significant damage in the Canterbury earthquakes.
Lincoln University lost more than 40 per cent of its academic floor space through earthquake damage, including a great deal of its facilities for science teaching and research. The rebuild will involve demolishing the badly damaged Hilgendorf and Burns buildings, and replacing them with modern facilities. Construction is expected to start in the second half of 2015, with completion scheduled for 2018/19.
The Government funding represents almost a third of the projected costs of the total campus rebuild and will enable the University to fully integrate its new facilities with the other major partners in the Lincoln Hub.
New National Standards for Freshwater
I am proud to have been involved in the development of the Government’s National Standards for Freshwater. This means that for the first time ever, the water quality in our rivers and lakes will have to meet certain levels to ensure it is safe for human recreation and wildlife living in and around the area.
Cholmondeley Children's Centre Rebuild underway
It was great to attend a sod-turning celebration to mark the start of the rebuild of Cholmondeley Children's Centre in Governor's Bay.
The original Cholmondeley Homestead, built in 1925, was severely damaged in the February 22, 2011 earthquake and deconstructed in 2012.
Cholmondeley is still seeking additional funding to assist with the extra costs of the rebuild over and above the insurance settlement it has received.
With Lachie Griffen at Cholmondeley's sod-turning event
The filling in the “doughnut”
Christchurch has been described as a “doughnut” city. Of course, nobody can deny that there are huge gaps where unsafe, earthquake-damaged buildings have been demolished and new buildings have not yet been built. However, this is starting to change.
Construction is under way on the new regional Justice and Emergency Services precinct. This precinct will return justice and emergency services to the Christchurch CBD, not just to their pre-earthquake state, but will offer a unique opportunity for multi-agency collaboration and innovation.
This $300 million anchor project will bring together all justice and emergency response agencies in one location, and will include courtrooms, Police and Corrections staff and a purpose-built, state of the art Emergency Operations Centre. The design of the precinct will ensure that emergency services and civil defence response systems remain operational even in an extreme seismic event.
The Precinct is due to open by the end of 2016 and, once complete, will see the return of an estimated 2,000 people daily going about their business in the inner city.
Member of Parliament for Selwyn
Amy Adams with Prime Minister John Key.