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.
New classrooms for Prebbleton School
I was invited to open Prebbleton School's impressive new classroom block recently. Thank you to the lovely students who showed me around their classrooms so happily. The classrooms will be very much in demand as Prebbleton School's roll continues to increase with the growing population of Prebbleton itself.
McKenzie Earp (left) and Caitlin O'Donnell show me around Prebbleton School's new classrooms. In the background are Alison Harrington and Shaydin Moss.
Crime rate down
Nationally, recorded crime is down 20.2 per cent. This is the fourth successive year crime has fallen.
These results are great news for our communities. They reflect the hard work of our local Police, as well as this Government’s commitment to tackling crime.
Road safety initiatives
I am very pleased by the recent Government publication of a new guide aimed at improving road safety around rural schools, as this is an issue I have been a strong advocate of since I become the MP for Selwyn in 2008.
The guide, entitled Safer Journeys for Rural Schools, is part of the rural schools road safety programme – a series of initiatives to improve safety outside rural schools – and is a further milestone in the government’s implementation of the Safer Journeys strategy which aims to significantly reduce deaths and serious injuries from road crashes by 2020.
Cuts to ACC levies
From 1st April, earners and employers in New Zealand will be $387 million better off due to reduced ACC levies.
The average New Zealand household can expect to keep just over $200 extra each year and small businesses will be around $180 better off annually.
Larger employers will receive, on average, a $6000 reduction.
These levy cuts are possible because ACC is now very close to being fully-funded. This Government’s responsible management of the scheme means ACC will hold sufficient financial assets to meet lifetime costs of all current claims.
New playground at Kirwee Model School
I enjoyed spending time with the children at Kirwee Model School recently when I was asked to open their fabulous new playground, funded by the Friends of the School.
Arthur's Pass 150th anniversary celebrations
Well done to the local community at Arthur's Pass and the Department of Conservation for organising an excellent weekend of celebrations at Arthur's Pass to mark the 150th anniversary of the first European crossing of the Pass by Arthur Dudley Dobson and his brother Edward.
The weekend's events included the unveiling of a kea statue donated by the Arthur's Pass Association to commemorate the occasion and the opening of a great new walking track known as the Arthur's Pass track.
At the opening of the walking track with Zeb Paterson, great-great-great grandson of Arthur Dobson
Member of Parliament for Selwyn
Amy Adams with Prime Minister John Key.