by Mike Isle
December is often a very busy time for everyone with the end of year concerts and prizegivings for those with school-age children to attend along with work functions. There can be a lot of pressure to get things done before the holiday period and to buy gifts and prepare food for family get-togethers.
Despite all of the hectic activity, it is often helpful to reflect on the year that is drawing to a close.
As always, one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is the variety of people I am lucky enough to meet both in my role as the local MP for Selwyn and as the Opposition Spokesperson for Finance.
In October I selected Katelyn Twiss, a year 12 student from Ellesmere College, as my Youth MP for 2019. Katelyn will be representing Selwyn at the Youth Parliament in Wellington on July 16 and 17, and I am sure she will do a fantastic job. She will also be working with me as an advocate for local youth during her term as Youth MP, which runs from March 1 until August 31 next year.
Other highlights during the year included attending Culturefest and Children’s Day as well as the various A&P shows around the region.
As in previous years, I have held coffee meetings in various locations around Selwyn and have continued to advocate strongly for the community on matters relating to road safety and congestion on our state highway network. During August I organised a public information evening to facilitate discussion around the proposed legislation regarding assisted dying.
If you would like my assistance on any matter, please contact my office in Templeton. The office will close for the Christmas-New Year break on Friday, December 21 and will reopen again on Monday, January 7, with reduced hours that week.
I would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.