It's been a busy October both in Maungakiekie and in Parliament, and as we head into the last few months of the year I know I'm not the only one waiting for summer! Below are a few important updates for you to read through and enjoy.
MT WELLINGTON MASTERPLAN – HAVE YOUR SAY
Mt Wellington needs a masterplan now!
For too long, Mt Wellington has not received its fair share of attention. That’s why I’ve called on Auckland Council to commit to a Mt Wellington Masterplan and develop a co-ordinated approach to housing and investment in infrastructure that will cater for significant growth.
After a successful launch of my petition last month, I’m hosting a Mt Wellington Masterplan Public Meeting with special guest Chris Wilkinson from First Retail, that will give residents the opportunity to share their thoughts on what developments they would like to see for our community- all are welcome!
I’ve also launched a Mt Wellington Residents Association, which has received over 100 expressions of interest! Prior to my public meeting, the Mt Wellington Residents Association will be hosting their first meet and greet at 6.30pm, same location, and will share with everyone who they are and how residents can get involved.
If you’re a Mt Wellington local and would like to know more, please get in touch.
Show your support and sign my petition here: deniselee.co.nz/mt_wellington_needs_a_masterplan_now
CRASH CORNER UPDATE
It is with great pleasure that I announce construction on the Church and Victoria Streets roundabout will commence on Monday 4th November.
After meeting with Project Manager, Gareth Jones and discussing the construction process, I can tell Gareth will be a great contact for the community and have confidence he’ll positively manage all of Crash Corner’s safety improvements.
As some may also be aware, Auckland Transport updated their design proposal that removed three out of the four pedestrian crossings originally proposed. After further lobbying from my office, I can confirm Auckland Transport will REINSTATE ALL 4 pedestrian crossings and will revert back to their first design. While the journey has not been an easy road to travel (no pun intended!), I’m looking forward to seeing the works start.
WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT
On 29 October, we celebrated 100 years since women gained the right to stand for Parliament.
We have travelled far in that period of time. The last general election saw a record 46 women elected to Parliament and for me, I was honoured to be elected as the 138th women MP in New Zealand’s history.
As a new MP, I’ve had a busy first term but have loved every minute of it. My first real exposure to the machinery of Government was the pulling of my first private members’ bill on pay equity, which was a blueprint for closing the gender pay gap by ensuring female-dominated jobs were paid fairly.
Unfortunately, the Government voted against my Bill and it didn’t pass. To this day, they have played politics with an important issue and are deliberately delaying their own version. As we watch this empty space, the message is still the same: Get a move on!
OUT AND ABOUT
CHRISTMAS IN MAUNGAKIEKIE
It’s hard to believe the festive season is almost upon us and while I’m hesitant to mention Christmas so soon, there’s some exciting events that I’d love for you to pencil in your calendars and join.
- Onehunga Christmas Parade, Saturday 23 November, 11am-2pm
- Ellerslie Christmas Parade, Sunday 1 December, 10am-1pm
Panmure Christmas Street Party, Saturday 7 December, 11am-2pm.
I’ll be performing and playing the Cook Island drums!
I’ll be participating in the Onehunga and Ellerslie Santa parades and warmly welcome all volunteers, supporters, children and canine friends to be part of my float. If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me to secure your spot.
We have a few exciting upcoming events in the electorate that are worth taking note of:
- Coffee with a Cop, Monday 11 November, 10-11am, Luscious Café, Onehunga
- Coffee with a Cop, Friday 15 October, 10-11am, Ellerslie Coffee Club
- Mt Wellington Residents Association and Masterplan Public Meeting, Monday 18 November, 6.30-8pm, Mt Wellington Community Church
- Seniors Morning Tea with National Party Leader Hon Simon Bridges, Tuesday 26 November, 10am, Horizon Church, Mt Wellington. For more details, please phone 0800 DENISE MP
- Pizza and Politics, Thursday 28 October, 6.30-8pm, 130 Main Highway, Ellerslie
- 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