Last week, I was interviewed by Newshub Nation for their weekly “Backstory” segment. Backstory goes behind the scenes into the lives, homes and childhood photo albums of fellow MPs. Have a watch as Newshub explores my upbringing in Paeroa and touches on the death of my two year old son Riley.
SUCCESS FOR CRASH CORNER
Following my petition and continued pressure on Auckland Transport, it is with great pleasure that I announce Auckland Transport will fast-track construction of the roundabout at the notorious “Crash Corner” intersection in Onehunga. Safety improvements will now begin November this year.
The Church and Victoria Streets intersection is considered one of the most high-risk in Auckland. That’s why I started the petition last year that called on Auckland Transport to commit funding and urgently improve the safety of this area. To be initially told to wait until late 2020 for improvements wasn't good enough, particularly for our communities who have to drive these roads every day. Four crashes in six days with one car flipped on its side only proves how dangerous this intersection is.
It’s been incredible seeing everyone rally over the past few months, whether it was signing my petition, attending my street corner or sharing support on Facebook. I’m thrilled Auckland Transport has listened and will begin work with the urgency it deserves.
A big thank you to everyone who came and supported my Onehunga and Panmure clean-ups over the past month. I thoroughly enjoyed hosting these events with support from local businesses and also seeing the genuine excitement from our community to do their bit for their suburb.
In Onehunga, we collected over 20 bags of rubbish plus a dunny, while in Panmure we collected just over 15 bags. It may seem like we’re doing something small, but picking up little wayward rubbish reaps big results. It’s also a wonderful way to connect with our neighbours and help our environment at the same time.
During my time as an MP, I’ve hosted 9 community clean-ups around the electorate including in Panmure, Pt England, Mt Wellington, Ellerslie and Onehunga. I’m very happy to do my bit to spruce up our local landscape and hope many others feel the same! If you would like to join our next clean-up and show our area a little love, please like my page.
OUT AND ABOUT
SENIORS MORNING TEA
I hosted National Party Leader Hon Simon Bridges for a seniors morning tea at our local Edmund Hillary Retirement Village. It was full house with lots of lively questions from over 100 residents who came to hear our Leader speak on pressing issues of the day. Thank you to my volunteers Sue White and Cecele Flemming, and to Becky Gillanders from the Village for your help in organising what was a great morning!
We also announced our Maungakiekie SuperBlues that I’ll be launching on Friday 20th September with guest speaker Josh Beddell. Josh is running as your local C&R Councillor for Maungakiekie-Tāmaki in the Auckland elections and will be ready to tackle all your council questions! I’m told he’ll also be accompanied by his C&R Tāmaki Team.
When: Friday 20 September, 10am
Where: Edmund Hillary Retirement Village, 221 Abbotts Way, Ellerslie
All seniors are welcome. For catering purposes, please RSVP by Mon 16 September by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 021 118 1563.
NATIONAL’S ECONOMIC DISCUSSION DOCUMENT
We recently launched our Economic Discussion Document that’s packed full of plans to rebuild confidence in New Zealand’s economy and help New Zealanders get ahead.
We need a strong growing economy if we want a world-class health system, better education for our kids and the modern infrastructure network we desperately need.
Our discussion document is part of the biggest policy development process undertaken by an Opposition in over a decade and provides new ideas on how we can revive our economy and grow the incomes of New Zealanders.
Read more and have your say here: www.national.org.nz/economy
We have a few exciting upcoming events in the electorate that are worth taking note of:
- Coffee with a Cop, Friday 13 September, 10-11am at Ellerslie Coffee Club
- Coffee with a Cop, Monday 16 September, 10-11am, Luscious Cafe
- Super Blues Morning Tea, Friday 20 September, 10-11am at Edmund Hillary Retirement Village
- Onehunga and Mt Wellington Drop-Ins, first Monday and Friday of each month.
If any of the above captures your attention, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Being accessible is important to me. If my office can assist you in anyway, please do contact me on 0800 DENISE MP or DeniseLeeMP@parliament.govt.nz