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.
Last month was a busy month around Selwyn with the 150th anniversary celebrations for both Arthur’s Pass and Leeston, as well as the Malvern A & P Show and the Arts Heart art exhibition in Rolleston, to name a few.
Easter is almost here so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy Easter - and good luck trying to resist over-indulging in those hot cross buns and chocolate eggs!
The year seems to be racing by with March already bringing with it some cooler autumn weather. My thoughts are with those of you around the regionwho are cleaning up after last week’s storm, which I know hit Banks Peninsula particularly hard. If you need advice or assistance dealing with insurance or other issues arising from this event, please do contact my office.
It is a busy time in Parliament with lots of statistics being released so I have included some of those for you in this newsletter, which I hope you find informative.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. I hope you are able to take a break and enjoy the company of those nearest and dearest to you and recharge your batteries for the year ahead.
I always know summer is on the way once Labour Weekend has been and gone. Let’s hope we have more settled weather and less of those strong winds as we move towards the end of the year.
It has been a busy time in the Selwyn electorate with lots of local events being held. There are many more events planned over the next month or so as we head towards Christmas, so it is a great time to get out and enjoy what is happening in your local community.