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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
Help for Poorest Families
A key feature of this year's Budget is a $790 million package to help children living in some of New Zealand’s poorest families. The package includes a balanced mix of greater work expectations for sole parents and $25 a week more for families relying on a benefit.
Two-thirds of children in severe material hardship have a parent on a benefit, with nine out of 10 of those being sole parents, so it’s important to focus attention on this group of families.
We’re also lifting Working for Families payments and providing more childcare support for low-income families to help parents be in work, education, or training.
In addition, Budget 2015 provides almost $60 million in extra support for at-risk children and $32.5 million for services that help beneficiaries move into work.
Record $15.9 billion for health
All New Zealanders and their families should have access to timely, quality healthcare, no matter where they live.
The health budget will reach a record $15.9 billion this year, a clear sign of this Government’s commitment to supporting and growing our public health services.
We are investing $1.7 billion over the next four years for new initiatives and to meet cost pressures and population growth.
As our population grows and ages, the demand for palliative care continues to increase. So we are investing $76.1 million to help hospices expand their community palliative care services and support the recruitment of 60 new nurse specialists.
Continuing support for Canterbury earthquake recovery
As the MP for Selwyn I am particularly pleased by the inclusion in this year's Budget of funding of $100 million to help Lincoln University rebuild its science facilities.
The Budget also included an extra $107.8 million to support land clearances to make way for Christchurch's anchor projects and prepare the land for construction. This additional funding brings the total amount spent by the Government on the rebuild to $16.5 billion.
PM visits Selwyn
Our Prime Minister John Key visited Selwyn on Thursday 14th May to officially open the Kidsfirst Kindergarten in Diamond Harbour. Later in the day the Prime Minister and I spoke to a gathering of over 100 businesspeople in Leeston and also visited the Izone business hub in Rolleston.
At Izone with the Prime Minister and representatives of Westland Milk Products
Member of Parliament for Selwyn
With Prime Minister John Key