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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.
This week’s storm
Yet again the Canterbury region has been battered by the elements with torrential rain causing flooding and strong winds causing trees to fall and damage power lines earlier this week. I know that within the Selwyn electorate the Banks Peninsula region has been particularly hard hit. If you need any assistance in dealing with insurance or other issues in the aftermath of this event, please do contact my office for advice.
Rolleston Schools announcement
On a more positive note, I was pleased at the Government’s announcement this week confirming that two new schools will be built in Rolleston to cater for the growing population.
A new primary school called West Rolleston Primary School will open in 2016, catering for Year 1-8 students, and a new secondary school called Rolleston Secondary School will open in the Rolleston recreation precinct in 2017 for Year 9-13 students.
These two new schools are a substantial investment in Rolleston which I know the community has been eagerly awaiting. The new schools will take pressure off neighbouring schools, particularly Clearview Primary School, Rolleston School and Lincoln High School.
I have fought hard to have these new schools in Rolleston since I became an MP in 2008, firstly with then-Education Minister Anne Tolley and more recently with the current Education Minister, Hekia Parata, and it has been great to receive such a positive response.
Thank you to the Rolleston, Lincoln and surrounding communities for their involvement and valuable input into the consultation process held last year.
Glentunnel School students enjoying new technology
It was great to visit Glentunnel School recently and see the students enjoying using the school’s new set of i-Pads. The school has been able to incorporate this technology into their curriculum since they have joined up to the Government-funded Network for Learning which gives the school reliable, secure and unlimited broadband at no cost to the school.
Glentunnel School students enjoying their new broadband access
More treatment for prisoners with drug and alcohol problems
Under this Government, more than 3,700 prisoners will have access to drug and alcohol treatment for their addictions this year. This will rise to 4,700 next year, up from 234 in 2007/08.
That’s an increase of almost 1500 per cent and is one strategy in the Government’s target to reduce the reoffending rate by 25 per cent by 2017. So far, Corrections has reduced reoffending by 11.8 per cent – that’s 8668 fewer victims of crime each year.
Most prisoners are released back into communities. If we can give them the opportunity to change their lives while they’re inside prison, there is a greater chance they will stay away from crime when they are released, making our communities safer.
Improving healthcare outcomes for Selwyn residents
I am pleased to see that Selwyn residents are receiving better healthcare, with positive results across a range of the Canterbury DHB’s latest national health targets.
Total national health spending this financial year is a record $14.7 billion, which is great news for patients.
Here in Canterbury our DHB has reached the national target of 95 per cent of patients visiting our emergency departments either being admitted, discharged, or transferred within six hours of arriving.
More Canterbury parents are immunising their children, with 93 per cent of eight-month-olds fully immunised.
Our cancer patients are also having shorter waits for treatment with 100% of those cancer patients ready for treatment waiting less than four weeks for radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
Schools invited to apply for O-I NZ Environmental Fund
The O-I NZ Environmental Fund has provided more than $640,000 in study grants to over 400 schools across the country since its establishment in 1983. The aim of the fund is to help develop students’ understanding of the environment and the need to protect it.
Past projects have included studies on topics such as marine environments; the impact of farming, industry and recreation on our waterways and lakes; investigations into alternative energies; monitoring and eradication of pests and noxious weeds; and the creation of native bush corridors for birds and animals.
Kindergartens, primary, intermediate and secondary schools are invited to submit their expressions of interest in the fund, giving details of the sustainability projects they hope to implement if successful. The projects should help develop students’ skills in identifying, investigating and finding solutions to environmental issues.
The fund allocates around $25,000 each year, with each project receiving between $250 and $10,000.
Expressions of interest close on 31st March 2014. Relevant criteria, category details and an application form can be found at www.recycleglass.co.nz.
Member of Parliament for Selwyn
Amy Adams with Prime Minister John Key.