New Year’s messages from community leaders

By Ange Holt

Chairperson, Te Awamutu Community Board

Welcome to 2021.  I do hope you have had a lovely Christmas break with family and friends.

The Te Awamutu Community Board has a busy year in store, starting out with our inaugural Kihikihi Summer Stroll planned for February 27. This is part of our strategic plan to have the Community Board be more visible, to listen to your ideas and find out what we can do to support you.  This is the first of two events with the second being a rural tour planned for May.

We are also going to be implementing our Waste Minimisation Projects which will include the battery recycling station, a revamped E-Waste collection with the kind assistance of the Te Awamutu and Cambridge Rotary Clubs and in May the first ever Te Awamutu Great DIY Sale that we are hosting with the Te Awamutu Boxing Academy.

In addition, we also have the final decision on the Concept Plan for the Memorial Park and a Long-Term Plan submission.  So, lots to do and look forward to.

Wishing you all a successful and rewarding 2021.

Angela Roberts

Labour list MP

While there is a sense of urgency as we take up the challenges ahead of us in 2021, I start the year feeling very hopeful. Across our electorate I see examples of government investment making a difference. I have met employers who have been supported to retain or hire new apprentices. I see resourcing going to local communities who are leading the world in catchment restoration. We have schools getting significant capital investment for new classrooms and gearing up to provide free lunches for their students this year.

This collaboration across our diverse communities (with farmers, iwi, business owners, workers and our young people and elderly) will need to continue. This is especially true for those fighting to transform our primary and tourism industries. We must be relentless in our pursuit of good policy settings and resourcing to support the amazing work being done across New Zealand to reboot and future-proof our economy. Bring it on, 2021.

By Barbara Kuriger

MP for Taranaki-King Country

I’m looking forward to 2021 with much to be thankful for. I’m planning on being out in the electorate often along with Sarah and Letitia from my office.  We are here to support your needs.  I look forward to your invitations and commit to attending as much as I can.

I am currently focusing on strategies for my portfolios of Energy & Resources, Associate Transport, Food Safety and Rural Communities.  These are exciting portfolios and the linkages between them are significant.   In between I am spending time with my family including my six grandchildren who seem to be growing up so quickly.

I thank those members of our community who work in our essential services for all they do for us, I know that for some it has been an exceptionally busy and stressful time with the events at Waikeria.

I wish each and every one of you the best of health and wellbeing for 2021.

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