It's time to reflect on the year passed and in particular, our hard-working local residents. With that in mind, my office would love to extend to you and your family our very best wishes for the holiday season ahead and a very healthy, happy and prosperous year in 2020.
COFFEE WITH A COP
This month, I hosted my final Coffee with a Cop session for the year in Ellerslie and Onehunga. Our top three takeaways were:
- Women, make sure your name and phone number is written inside your handbag. If it's ever stolen this will help with retrieving it.
- Insert a spy hole and chain on your front door.
- Build lower fences on your property, not higher ones. This helps your neighbour keep an eye on your property.
For a more detailed sheet on crime prevention and holiday security tips, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A big thank you to Constable Don Allan and everyone who came to our sessions over the past few months. Keep an eye out in the New Year for our future dates!
HARDSHIP IN ONEHUNGA
Recently, some information was released to me from the Minister’s Office that showed the number of emergency food grants given out by the Onehunga MSD Centre has more than doubled in two years. On top of that, emergency housing grants have increased 70% and benefit advances have increased by 146%!
It’s clear, our local families are doing it tougher under Labour. In addition to the rent rises and poor policy decision-making, petrol taxes have also hit hardworking kiwis in the back pocket. I recently saw the amazing work of the Onehunga ‘Embracing Homeless and Families in Need’ group to support those struggling, but we shouldn’t have to rely on these organisations to fill the gap.
With Christmas approaching, this is a stressful and pressured time. These figures deserve greater scrutiny and quicker action from the Government.
My colleagues and I have been working extremely hard this year releasing 10 discussion documents in a raft of areas, including law and order, education, transport and more. If we’re given the privilege to govern next year, we want to be clear on what we’re doing, have a 100 day plan, and get NZ moving and building.
In the last month, we’ve released 3 documents that outline our policy ideas as we prepare for the 2020 election. Please do provide us with your feedback on the below:
Transport and Infrastructure: We need to ensure New Zealand’s infrastructure is fit for purpose for the 21st century. That means not just having the economic infrastructure that will grow the economy and create jobs, but the social infrastructure that will see our kids taught in world-class facilities.
RMA Reform and Housing: National has a plan to free up rules and restrictions around consenting to ensure houses get built. Everyone now accepts planning reform must happen, which is why National is proposing to repeal and replace the Resource Management Act (RMA).
Health: National will restore confidence in New Zealand’s public health system and deliver care for you, your children and whānau so that we’re a nation of happy, healthy Kiwis.
We’ve done the work in opposition so we’re ready to govern in 2020. Flick through the documents over summer for some great reading!
OUT AND ABOUT
CRASH CORNER UPDATE
Construction at Crash Corner (Church and Victoria Street intersection, Onehunga) is well underway!
As Christmas fast approaches, construction halted from Monday 9th December and will re-commence on Thursday 26th December. During this second phase of construction, the intersection will be fully closed and the roundabout will emerge!
Detours will be in place but access to properties around the intersection will be maintained. Please remember to drive safe on our local roads, particularly as road layouts change.
For any project related questions, please contact site manager Gareth Jones on 027 403 1551 or my office on 0800 DENISEMP.
2019 has certainly been a big year. I’ve met many wonderful people in Maungakiekie who want to make the lives of all people brighter and I’m so proud to represent a community with such a strong social heart. A big thank you to my team for their incredible work helping me and serving the community. They are taking a well-deserved break so my Wellington and Maungakiekie Parliamentary offices will be closed from Monday 23rd December and will officially reopen on Monday 13th January.
I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I've appreciated your support and feedback across the year. Best wishes for an amazing summer break.