I am proud to have been Ilam's MP since 1996. Ilam is a great electorate and still an enjoyable place to live study and work. As a city we face challenges but we are working hard on a local and national level to make good progress.
This Government is working hard to rebuild and strengthen the country to give New Zealander's a brighter future. Re-creating Christchurch is a top priority and we are totally committed to the reconstruction of Canterbury and are determined to see that momentum is maintained.
My Ministerial responsibilities and role as Leader of the House means I do have to spend a lot of time in Wellington. However, if you live in the Ilam Electorate and have an issue I can help with or something that you think I should know about please get in touch – my office staff and I are here to help.
Electorate Office; 283 Greers Road, Bryndwr, Christchurch 8053
Phone: 03 359 0582
Tuesday 25 November is White Ribbon Day, so events are starting all over the country and running through the week http://whiteribbon.org.nz/act/events/listings
The Government has introduced a cross-Government package to help address family violence. We want Kiwi homes to be safe places for women and children, and to ensure victims are not re-victimised. But laws and governments alone cannot change behaviour. White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement to end violence towards women.
More information: www.whiteribbon.org.nz
White Ribbon and the Zonta Says ‘NO’ campaign. There is a breakfast in the Ilam electorate - Venue is the Russley Golf Club - 428 Memorial Avenue
On Friday 28 November 7am - Contact:email@example.com for tickets - The speaker TERESA POMEROY is the Acting Manager of the Ministry of Social Development’s Social Action Team (based in Wellington) which developed the ‘It’s Not OK’ campaign. They also launched the ‘Think Differently’ campaign to encourage people to change their attitudes and behaviours towards people with disabilities. And just recently the MSD launched ‘Are You that Someone’ – a campaign to prevent sexual violence. Teresa will speak about her work in the MSD and how we can change the world, one community at a time.
The breakfast is hosted by the Zonta Club of Christchurch South. Zonta is an international service organisation of professionals working together to advance the status of women. To learn more about Zonta please visit www.zonta.org.nz or www.zonta.org
Congratulations to the Board and supporters of the Isaac Theatre Royal which reopened on Monday 17 November. A lot of planning and hard work has bought this 'grand old lady' back.
Have a look on: isaactheatreroyal.co.nz
Path to Nationhood history app launched
Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has launched a free app to help people explore New Zealand’s early history.
The Heritage Trails ‘Path to Nationhood’ app has been developed by Heritage New Zealand and includes six tours of historic Northland. It is free to download on smartphones and tablets. The tours tell the stories of some of the earliest encounters between M?ori and P?keh? prior to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.‘Path to Nationhood’ focuses on stories from the 1770s to the 1830s, including the process of collecting signatures for the Treaty itself, the establishment of Christian missions, as well as many other local tales and characters.
Further download information: heritage.org.nz/apps or search for “Heritage Trails” through the online app store.
What’s on in Christchurch…
- November is a perfect month to visit the Christchurch Botanic gardens - Rolleston Ave (next to the Museum). Open 7 days a week from 8.30am- 6pm. Entry is free. Make sure you visit the rose garden!
- Have a look around the city for 99 giraffes - 49 large ones and 50 smaller ones.
- Christchurch Farmers Market on every Saturday– at Riccarton House from 9am -1pm.
- Christchurch Artisan Market -every Sunday morning at Riccarton House
Residential Advisory Service is available to all property owners having difficulty with insurance and other repair or rebuilding challenges. The free phone number is 0800 777 299, and will be available Mon - Fri 8am to 5pm.
Call centre staff will set up appointments with independent advisors but cases will be triaged by the call centre and placed with advisors based on the specific nature of issues. This service uses Community Law Canterbury to deliver results.
More information can be found at www.advisory.org.nz