Happy New Year

As we head into election year, people will be considering whether they think New Zealand is heading in the right direction. I think the answer is a resounding yes.

New Zealand tops the world rankings as the least corrupt country on earth, the most prosperous country and the easiest place to do business.

The economy continues to grow, driving wage and job growth, and allowing us to lift the minimum wage ahead of inflation again. Tourism has grown by 8.4% in Canterbury in the last year, and with the opening of major attractions such as the Christchurch Adventure Park, I expect that growth to increase.

We have work underway on multiple cycleways throughout the Port Hills – in particular the Sumner to City cycleway will be enjoyed by commuters and recreational cyclists alike.

But this year is not just about the election. There is plenty of work to do in the Port Hills. I will be continuing to monitor the situation with Redcliffs School, as the Ministry of Education works to get construction of the new school underway.

I was involved with the Heathcote River

The issues caused by Christchurch City Council’s handling of Coastal Hazards have not gone away, and I will continue to advocate for an outcome that is satisfactory to coastal residents.

We also need to keep working on bringing cruise ships back to Lyttelton. It is really important that we take a regional approach to this issue, acknowledging not just the benefits to the Port Company and to Lyttelton, but to all of Christchurch.

And as always, I am available to help with constituent issues and concerns, whether it be frustrations dealing with Government departments, EQC issues, or hearing your ideas on how we can make our communities even better.

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