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 and I are here to help.
Electorate Office; 283 Greers Road, Bryndwr, Christchurch 8053
Phone: 03 359 0582
Christchurch Girls’ High School Old Girls invite all past students who were at the school in 1950 or earlier to a free afternoon tea. The date is Saturday 15 March from 2- 4pm at the school – Matai Street.
Selwyn House School Fair. Saturday 15 from 1-5 pm at the school 122 Merivale Lane. Games, rides, stalls – even a Pamper Room!
St Patrick’s School Fair on Sunday 16 March from 11.30 am at the school – corner Idris/Jeffreys Roads. Stalls including Books and clothing. Entertainment including live Irish music.
Rangi Ruru Girls’ School is celebrating 125 years. If you are part of the school family visit http://www.rangiruru.school.nz/125th-celebrations . There you will see all the upcoming events, make bookings, forward on to friends and have a look at everything that’s happening. It’s a year to celebrate.
Education Achievement Information to support your child’s education
The Education Ministry has released information providing a clear picture of how all parts of the pre-school and school system are performing and supporting each other throughout New Zealand at a local level.
The information released includes a new ‘Know Your Region’ section of the Ministry’s Education Counts website. It includes demographic and education data available by regional council and territorial authority. There are 84 territorial authority infographics, which provide snapshots of key statistics from early childhood education (ECE), through to 18 years of age for the locality.
The Ministry of Education is progressively uploading the new data on its website : http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/know-your-region
The changes to the Warrant of Fitness inspection system. These will be introduced in two stages and will save New Zealanders $1.8 billion over 30 years. From January light vehicles first registered anywhere between 2004 and 2008 will be required to have an annual, rather than the current six-monthly warrant of fitness inspection; and then from 1 July 2014, annual inspections will be extended to include all light vehicles first registered anywhere on or after 1 January 2000.
There are a few other changes as outlined on www.nzta.govt.nz/wof
Crown and Council investment in Christchurch
The Crown and the Christchurch City Council have reached agreement on cost sharing arrangements for the anchor projects in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, and the repair and replacement of the city’s essential horizontal infrastructure.
It is an investment of about $4.8 billion – $2.9 billion of it coming from the Crown, and $1.9 billion committed by the Christchurch City Council.
What’s on in Ilam, Christchurch…
- 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 willset 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