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THE new year is well underway and already
so much is happening around the Taranaki-King
Parliament has resumed for the year and one of
my first tasks was to speak on the Prime Minister’s
‘Statement’ and express my joy at the importance of
the fantastic transport and roading opportunities
taking place across my electorate.
You can certainly still hear the cheers from
people further south, however, this doesn’t just af-
fect those constituents in the southern part of the
electorate but is beneficial to all of us.
As a regular traveller between Te Awamutu
and Inglewood I appreciate the need to have this
stretch of road upgraded and the importance of
communities joining communities through good
TE KUITI FATALITY
Last weekend there was a tragic accident in Te Kuiti and my
thoughts go out to the families of those people who sadly passed
away and also those who sustained injuries.
Waitomo mayor Brian Hanna will be working with the New
Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to see how this stretch of
road can be made safer and I give him my full support.
We are losing too many people each year on our roads.
I was delighted that the ‘BBQ on the Beach’ in Kawhia on
February 27, was a very successful day promoting a violence-
free Maniapoto region and to introduce the Otorohanga district’s
family violence ‘champions’.
I know Caren Campbell and the members of the Maniapoto
Family Violence Intervention Network (MFVIN) worked incred-
ibly hard to put this family day together and I congratulate them
on a fantastic community event.
The MVFIN group works tirelessly to support and educate
our families and communities to find strategies in preventing
I also recently attended a very informative
seminar into brain development co-ordinated by
The Social Workers in Schools (SWis) at Ngati Ma-
niapoto Marae Pact Trust held at Kihikihi School.
This was one of a series of seminars presented
by Nathan Mikaere-Wallis with other seminars
held throughout Waipa, Otorohanga and Waitomo
over two days.
It was incredibly insightful to understand the
crucial importance of the first 1000 days of a child’s
brain development in correlation with home envi-
ronment and positive relationships.
We were also given a comprehensive understand-
ing into the wiring of a teenager’s brain which many
of us found fascinating and useful in understanding
children of this age.
It is great to see the number of people supporting these initia-
tives put on by our local community groups.
I have had the pleasure of visiting local award-winning busi-
nesses recently and am deeply impressed that so many wonder-
ful projects and achievements are being recognised nationally.
The Taranaki-King Country is an electorate full of truly
talented and innovative people.
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