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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.
Discussing policy initiatives with Hon Maggie Barry
Broadband in Selwyn
I am delighted that Chorus has made the decision to upgrade its copper wire broadband services in a number of areas of Selwyn, including Kirwee and Tai Tapu. My office has received a number of complaints from residents in these areas about the slowness of their copper broadband connections. The decision by Chorus to upgrade these cabinets should help alleviate the problem of overloading that has been hindering local residents who have remained on the copper service for their internet connection.
Better mental health services for New Zealand youth
The availability of youth mental health services has expanded as part of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project.
In the three months to September 2014, more families were supported as 3,071 teenagers were seen by primary mental health services, and a further 1,328 received alcohol intervention support through primary care.
Young people experiencing mental health problems can now access extended GP or practice nurse consultations, counselling and group therapy, and a range of programmes from anger management to coping with exam stress.
District Health Boards are working with NGOs, iwi, and local GPs to offer services that target the needs of teenagers in their communities. This is part of the Government’s commitment to providing better public services to those who need them most.
Action to tackle youth crime
In my capacity as Justice Minister I was pleased to attend the opening of a new youth court for Tauranga, which will place a stronger focus on addressing offending by young Māori. This is the 13th Rangatahi Court to open since this judiciary-led initiative was established in 2008. The Rangatahi Courts work within the existing Youth Court framework but uses a marae-based environment to try to help young Māori and their whānau engage with the justice system in ways that make sense to them.
The Rangatahi Courts align with the strategies and initiatives in the Government’s Youth Crime Action Plan, which recognises we need to do better to reduce the over-representation of Maori in the criminal justice system.
Speaking at opening of the Rangatahi Court at Hairini Marae in Tauranga
Member of Parliament for Selwyn
Amy Adams with Prime Minister John Key.