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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
Opening of Rolleston Christian School
It was great to attend the opening of Rolleston Christian School by my colleague Education Minister Hekia Parata on Friday 1st May. Local families now have the choice of a faith-based education for their children without the need to travel outside of the Selwyn District.
With Liz Horn, Principal of Rolleston Christian School
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Akaroa harbour lands preserved for the public
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has announced that two key parcels of land on Banks Peninsula have been purchased by the Crown as public reserves and will be managed by the Department of Conservation.
Two properties on opposite sides of Akaroa harbour have been bought with help from the contestable Nature Heritage Fund. This land will substantially increase the amount of publicly accessible land on the peninsula.
Ninety hectares of regenerating bush and black beech forest have been bought from the Hamilton family, who have a long history in the Akaroa area and previously gifted Palm Gully Scenic Reserve to the Crown. The newly bought land will link Palm Gully up with other reserves and covenant land in the area.
The second piece of land is on the south side of Akaroa harbour and will almost treble the size of the Carews Peak Scenic Reserve.
A generous legacy to the North Canterbury branch of the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society from the estate of Diana Watson helped to enable the purchase.
This newly protected land will further enhance Akaroa’s status as an area rich in history and beautiful natural landscapes. It is a good example of collaboration between different groups with shared conservation goals.
Member of Parliament for Selwyn
With Prime Minister John Key