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
This is the type of Budget a responsible Government can deliver when it’s following a plan that’s working. Budget 2015 continues to support New Zealanders while responsibly managing the growing economy and the Government’s finances.
A $790 million package of measures aimed at reducing hardship among children living in some of New Zealand’s poorest families is at the heart of the new spending in Budget 2015.
This package targets 160,000 of the lowest-income families in New Zealand, earning less than $36,350 a year. It strikes a balance between helping families who have fallen behind other households, while ensuring there remains a strong incentive to move from welfare to work.
On top of this, health and education also receive a major boost – we’ve increased spending in these areas every year we’ve been in government. Spending on health will be a record $15.9 billion next year. And spending on early childhood, primary, and secondary education will be a record $10.8 billion next year, while the tertiary spend will be $3.1 billion. MORE INFORMATION: https://www.national.org.nz/budget2015
Defence White Paper public consultation begins I welcome the beginning of the public consultation process for the 2015 Defence White Paper, calling for New Zealanders to seize this opportunity to influence defence policy for what will be the blueprint for how the Government plans to address the security threats, challenges and opportunities facing New Zealand over the next 25 years. I encourage New Zealanders to take part in the consultations from 5 May to 22 June, as it’s important that a diverse range of perspectives inform New Zealand’s defence policy and planning. By making a submission, New Zealanders will be able to share their views on how the Defence Force can best protect New Zealand and advance our interests overseas. Further information on the submission process and the public meeting schedule can be found at www.defence.govt.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 Maori and Pakeha 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…
- Visit the Christchurch Botanic gardens - Rolleston Ave (next to the Museum). Open 7 days a week from 8.30am- 6pm. Entry is free.
- 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
A reminder that my Ilam office at 283 Greers Road is a Curtain Bank Referrer. If you, or someone you know, need curtains for your home pop in to the office to pick up the forms and find out more about it. www.cea.co.nz