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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
Visits to Rakaia School and Chertsey School
It was great to meet the Principals, staff and students of Rakaia and Chertsey Schools when I visited them on 19th November. I was very impressed by both schools with their enthusiastic staff, engaged kids and fantastic grounds.
With Principal Mark Ellis and senior student Samantha at Rakaia School
Duvauchelle School Pet Day
I enjoyed spending time with the students of Duvauchelle School and meeting some of their pets on the school’s recent Pet Day. In addition to presenting certificates to the owners of the winning pets, I got to admire the children’s vegetable sculptures, flower bowls, decorated biscuits and gingerbread creations.
Admiring the vegetable sculptures at Duvauchelle School's Pet Day
Unemployment rate continues to trend downwards
A growing economy is getting more New Zealanders into work, with the unemployment rate now the lowest it has been in more than five years.
Over the past year 72,000 more people were employed and the jobless rate dropped to 5.4 per cent – lower than Australia's figure of 6.2 per cent.
These results from the Household Labour Force Survey for the September quarter show the strength of the New Zealand economy as we continue to recover from the global financial crisis.
Wages on average are growing faster than the cost of living. Average hourly wages rose 2.3 per cent over the past year, and average weekly wages rose 1.8 per cent compared to inflation of just 1 per cent.
It’s very encouraging to see the increasing confidence of companies around the country as they build their businesses and hire more people.
Here in the South Island we are doing particularly well with an unemployment rate of 3.4 per cent, compared to 6.2 per cent for the North Island.
Unemployment in Canterbury is the lowest in the whole country at 3.2 per cent, one per cent lower than at the same time last year.
Building consents top 24,000 a year
The latest figures from Statistics New Zealand show strong annual growth in the number of building consents, with more than 24,000 building consents issued across the country in the year to September 2014.
This six-year high confirms the direction of the Government’s reforms to address New Zealand’s housing supply and affordability challenge.
Our active work programme includes freeing up land supply through accords with local councils, reducing building material costs, reining in development contributions, cutting compliance costs, and investing in skills and productivity in the construction sector.
We’re also planning reforms to the Resource Management Act to recognise the importance of New Zealanders’ access to more affordable housing.
Member of Parliament for Selwyn
Amy Adams with Prime Minister John Key.