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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.
Thank you so much to all the people of Selwyn for your support to remain as your Member of Parliament. I am looking forward to working hard for you over the next three years and representing this beautiful region of ours to the best of my ability.
Crime rate continues to fall in Canterbury
It is great to see that crime in Canterbury is now at a record low. The latest crime figures released by Statistics New Zealand show there were a total of 39,064 offences recorded in Canterbury for the 12 months to 30 June 2014, compared to 42,722 in the 2012/13 financial year. This represents a decrease of 8.6 percent during a period when the Canterbury region’s population has increased from 552,430 in 2012/13 to 564,305 in 2013/14.
On a per head of population basis, recorded crime fell from 773.3 offences per 10,000 people in 2012/13 to 692.2 in 2013/14 - a reduction of 10.5 percent.
Our Police work hard to keep our communities safe, and these results reflect that hard work. They also show that the Government’s strategies to tackle crime are working, such as increasing Police foot patrols, introducing Neighbourhood Policing Teams, putting more cops on New Zealand streets, and introducing smartphones and tablets to save Police time.
Delivering a strong New Zealand economy
National’s clear economic plan and careful financial management is taking New Zealand in the right direction. The economy is growing, new jobs are being created, and wages are rising. Our plan for the next three years is straightforward.
We will return to surplus this year and stay there so we can reduce debt. We’ll cut ACC levies for households and businesses, and we’ll start modestly reducing income taxes for lower and middle income earners.
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery update
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority will become a departmental agency within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) from 1 February next year.
As the role of government agencies change through the recovery phase, the National Government’s commitment to the region remains the same.
We plan to continue the pace and high standard of the Canterbury rebuild, to build a new, vibrant and exciting city. We will continue to ramp up construction in the central city, seeing the completion of key anchor projects such as the Convention Centre Precinct, Justice and Emergency Services Precinct, and the Bus Interchange.
Artist's impression of the new Christchurch Convention Centre
Member of Parliament for Selwyn
Amy Adams with Prime Minister John Key.