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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
Parliament open for business again
It was great to be part of the official opening of the 51st Parliament early this week and with a surname starting with ‘A’ I got to be at the front of the queue when it came to being sworn in!
Sixty National MPs, 14 of them newly-elected, were sworn in and the Governor-General delivered the Speech from the Throne which outlined the National-led Government’s clear plans for this three-year term. For details, see: http://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/speech-throne-2
New Zealand wins UN Security Council seat
Last week, New Zealand was successful in its decade-long campaign to secure a seat on the United Nations Security Council. We needed 129 votes, and got an outright win on the first ballot with 145 votes from United Nations members.
This seat, which will see us at the top United Nations table for two years (over 2015 and 2016), is where decisions regarding security and humanitarian crises are made. The Security Council is the only forum that can urgently respond to security and humanitarian crises, and this will see New Zealand make a real contribution in global decision making.
We believe New Zealand will be a credible and positive influence on the Security Council, making a difference to world affairs by providing a unique and independent voice at the world’s top table.
Fewer people on benefits
Thousands of New Zealanders and their families can now face the future with more financial independence as they move off benefits and into work. There are over 10,000 fewer people on welfare compared to September last year and 70 per cent of these are sole parents.
The headway we are making now will pay off for generations as sole parents, particularly those who go on benefits in their teens, have the highest lifetime costs of any group on welfare, and put their kids at risk of becoming trapped in welfare dependency.
First NZ job fairs in November
The first of the job fairs to encourage more Kiwis to return home and skilled Australians to settle here will be held in Perth and Sydney next month. Further events will follow in Melbourne and Brisbane in the first quarter of next year.
The job fairs aim to help fill emerging skills gaps and support thriving New Zealand-based businesses.
Some New Zealand employers, particularly in the construction, engineering and ICT sectors, are finding it hard to recruit sufficient skilled and experienced workers. We are training a lot more people in these targeted areas. However, some of the companies are growing at a very fast rate as our economy grows, and we don’t want to restrict their capacity to keep growing.
Collecting for Breast Cancer's Pink Ribbon Appeal
Earlier this month I joined the fantastic people out collecting for the Pink Ribbon Appeal in Rolleston. Breast cancer is a significant cause of illness and death for New Zealand women so well done to all of those who got involved either collecting or donating this month so that we can continue to raise awareness of early signs of the disease and make further advances in treatment.
Collecting in Rolleston with Valerie van den Boomen and Sophie Yale
Member of Parliament for Selwyn
Amy Adams with Prime Minister John Key.