Queen’s Birthday has been and gone so we now have a few chilly months without public holidays to look forward to, although of course for families with children, the July school holidays are fast approaching.
We are approaching the end of March and the last A & P Show of the season in Selwyn – the Malvern Show at the Sheffield Showgrounds on 28th March. I would love to see you there, so do come up and say hello. The time for chocolate eggs and hot cross buns is almost upon us, so I would also like to wish you all a happy Easter with family and friends.
It has been a very hot and dry summer around the country and I would like to extend a huge thank you to the firefighters from around the district, and beyond, who have been so busy dealing with the season’s fires, including the massive fire at Flock Hill in late January.
Declaration of medium-scale adverse event in Selwyn The Government has recognised the extremely dry conditions our region’s farmers and growers are facing by declaring a medium-scale adverse event on the South Island’s east coast, covering Selwyn and the rest of Canterbury, as well as Marlborough and parts of Otago. While most farmers will manage to get by, the declaration means that those who are facing serious hardship will be able to access extra support through the Rural Support Trusts.
Thank you to all of those people who have called me or sent messages of congratulations and support on my re-election. I am thrilled to be representing the people of Selwyn in Parliament once again and I will continue to keep you informed on what has been happening in Parliament and around Selwyn through these regular newsletters and my website.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very merry and safe Christmas and New Year period. My office will close for the Christmas-New Year period on Tuesday 23rd December and will re-open again on Wednesday 14th of January.
Winter is well and truly here with low temperatures and cold, dark nights but at least now that we have had the shortest day we will have gradually lengthening hours of sunlight to cheer us a little through the coldest months ahead. There have been some positive happenings around the electorate in the past month with the opening of the first stage of the rebuild of Halswell School and the sod turning to mark the commencement of construction of the new Cholmondeley Children’s Centre in Governor’s Bay.
Due to the commencement of the pre-election regulated period which involves strict rules around MP’s communications, this will be my last e-newsletter before the election. However I will be out and about around Selwyn as usual over the coming months and, as always, will be very happy to hear from you should you need my assistance in any way.
I hope you had an enjoyable Easter and had some time to enjoy the sunshine while we had a respite from the rain and wind. May is of course Budget month so in this newsletter I have included some information on key funding announcements that may be of interest to you.
Overview of Budget 2014 A $500 million support package for families and children, dividends from a growing economy, and a track to surplus next year are all features of Budget 2014.
The Budget shows the economy is continuing to build momentum and provides further evidence that we’re on the right track.