Welcome to my website
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
Visit to Airways
I was very impressed on my recent visit to State-owned Enterprise Airways, which is based not far from the Christchurch International Airport. This organisation operates as a successful commercial business and is a significant employer with 750 staff around New Zealand and overseas. Airways is responsible for all air traffic control services across New Zealand and also offers flight inspection, training and consultancy services to international clients.
Viewing air traffic control technology with Airways’ Head of Service Delivery Paul Fallow
Ultra-Fast Broadband update
Uptake for the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network has quadrupled in the past two years. The project is ahead of schedule with 43 per cent of the entire build complete.
As of December 2014, national uptake figures reached 11.3 per cent. That’s double the figures from a year earlier, and more than four times the rate in December 2012. In total, more than 570,000 Kiwi homes and businesses can now connect to fibre.
Late last year, Oamaru became the third town to become fully-fibred, following Te Awamutu and Whangarei. More towns are expected to be completed in the coming months.
Fast, reliable internet is essential to building a more competitive and productive economy for all New Zealanders.
Funding for Rolleston-Lincoln Cycleway
I am delighted that the Government has included funding for a new Rolleston to Lincoln Cycleway as part of a $37 million package of cycleway projects to be rolled out across the country in the next year. The cycleway is one of 13 projects which have been prioritised by the Government because of their value to commuter cyclists, and their additional benefits to recreational riders.
The Rolleston to Lincoln cycleway will receive $300,000 from the Urban Cycleways Fund, with $275,000 each from the National Land Transport Fund and local government. This is a great example of Government agencies and the community working together to improve safety on our roads for cyclists in Canterbury.
Cycling contributes to healthier communities, and the Urban Cycleways Programme encourages everyone to enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle.
Visit to Mount Olympus ski-field
The drive to Mount Olympus ski-field is not for the faint-hearted but it is definitely worth it once you arrive, as I discovered recently. The occasion was the opening of the newly extended "top hut" complete with excellent facilities, including a hot tub.
Budget to be delivered on May 21st
Finance Minister Bill English will deliver this year's Budget on Thursday the 21st of May.
This will be the National-led Government’s seventh Budget and our ongoing commitment to spending restraint means public finances are continuing to improve significantly each year.
Since we were first elected in 2008, we have seen the economy move from a recession to sustained growth, and New Zealanders are now being helped by low unemployment, stable low interest rates, and wages that are growing faster than inflation.
Member of Parliament for Selwyn
Amy Adams with Prime Minister John Key.