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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.
Christmas card competition winner
I am delighted to announce that Joseph Ta of Waitaha School in Templeton was the winner of the competition to design my Christmas card this year. Joseph’s design featured a wonderful decorated Christmas tree against a cheerful bright background.
I provided Joseph and his classmates with morning tea during November and presented Joseph with his Prezzy card prize, and his school with a cheque.
With Joseph Ta, his family and Waitaha Principal Margaret Dodds
Congratulations to Jackson Greaves of Prebbleton School whose Kiwi design was a close second and earned him a Prezzy card also. A big thank you to all of the children and schools that took part in the competition and shared their wonderful artwork with me.
Presenting Jackson Greaves of Prebbleton School with his 2nd prize
Visiting the Storybox exhibition
I visited the Amazing Place Schools’ Competition Storybox exhibition in Rolleston on Tuesday 26th November to meet with students from Rolleston School.
The students were entrants in the Amazing Place Christchurch City Playground competition, with two of their teams receiving highly commended awards in the competition.
We all enjoyed viewing the exhibition, which was judged the supreme champion trade exhibitor of the year at the recent 151st Canterbury A & P Show.
With Sophie Bannan at the Storybox exhibition
West Melton School students raise road safety concerns
With the Year 5 and 6 students at West Melton Primary School
I was recently invited to West Melton Primary School where a group of Year 5 and 6 students presented me with the findings of a study that they had undertaken on road safety around their school community. The students reported to me that they had observed that the majority of cars were speeding past school buses, with the fastest observed travelling at 70 kilometres per hour.
The children surveyed 610 people and found that only 19% knew that the correct speed for passing a school bus dropping off or picking up students was 20 kilometres per hour.
I was very impressed with the amount of work that the children had put into their project and their genuine concern for their own safety and that of their classmates.
I have undertaken to follow up the children’s concerns by writing letters to the appropriate authorities on their behalf, which I have done. Meanwhile, however, I urge all drivers to remember to slow down to 20 kilometres per hour when passing a school bus.
Modernised classrooms for Canterbury schools
The Government has released the final business case for 115 schools across greater Christchurch, including the schedule for rebuilding, repairing, and renewing.
This final business case follows more than a year of consultation and is a significant milestone in the city’s education renewal.
More than 80 per cent of classrooms in greater Christchurch will be modernised by 2022. This means the construction of more than 1,200 new classrooms, and the repair of more than 1,200 others.
The Government is investing a total of $1 billion over the next 10 years to restore and renew the education sector.
The schedule has identified the following dates for completion of the new schools in our electorate:
Halswell School rebuild – to be completed by the end of 2014.
West Rolleston (new primary school) – to be completed by the beginning of 2016.
Rolleston Secondary School – to be completed by the start of 2017.
New schools for West Halswell and Lincoln are scheduled for completion in 2022.
Member of Parliament for Selwyn
Amy Adams with Prime Minister John Key.