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School holidays are once again upon us. I hope you have a fun and relaxing time with your kids should you be at home or going away. If not, I hope you enjoy the light traffic on our roads!

It’s hard to believe September has been and gone. Below is an update of what has been keeping me busy this past month.


MT WELLINGTON MASTERPLAN

For too long, Mt Wellington has been the poor cousin of our Maungakiekie suburbs. It’s about time Mt Wellington receives its fair share of attention.

That’s why I’m calling on Auckland Council to commit to a Mt Wellington Masterplan. Like Panmure and Onehunga, Mt Wellington needs a coordinated approach to planning to improve connections and strengthen links to local spaces. I want to bring together central government and Auckland Council agencies to deliver the best outcomes for our community.

But, Auckland Council have confirmed Mt Wellington is not their priority and any discussion will not happen before 2021. This is not good enough!

Show your support and sign my petition here: deniselee.co.nz/mt_wellington_needs_a_masterplan_now

MT WELLINGTON RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION

I’ve also launched a Mt Wellington Residents Association that gives our local residents a strong voice throughout development- BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS.

If you would like to be a part of this influential group, please visit the website above.


FAIRY FESTIVAL

The Ellerslie Fairy Festival and Pirate Party was the perfect way to kick-start Spring. This year marked my 10th year on the Fairy Floss machine supporting Ellerslie School and it never gets old. Thank you Nick Butler, Ellerslie School Principal, for helping and stepping up to the sticky task! My office was transformed into a Getaway Grotto and was a great spot for our kids to enjoy.  

Megan Darrow, Ellerslie Town Manager, and the Business Association work continuously hard to pull off this event year in and year out. Bring on 2020!


LOCAL ELECTIONS

On Saturday 12 October, the Auckland Council elections will be taking place. Voting documents started arriving in mail boxes just over a week ago. To make your vote count, please post your ballots back no later than Tuesday 8th October!

This election we have a clear choice between status quo incumbents or candidates offering an alternative.

Josh Beddell, Maungakiekie-Tāmaki’s C&R council candidate is someone who is not only a good friend, but someone I cannot speak highly enough of. He has lived locally for over 15 years and for over a decade has professionally represented and managed community stakeholders around the ward.

Josh and his C&R Maungakiekie-Tāmaki and Ōrākei Local Board teams are strong and experienced candidates for their areas.

I encourage you all to read your local candidates’ respective platforms and vote for people who will hold Auckland Council accountable. You can find out more about who’s running here: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/elections/information-for-voters/Pages/who-you-can-vote-for.aspx



CRASH CORNER UPDATE

Last Sunday’s two crashes within a couple of hours at Crash Corner proved once again that urgent safety improvements are needed at the Church and Victoria Streets intersection.

Following these accidents, I contacted Auckland Transport requesting an update on the installation of the roundabout. AT confirmed that a safety audit was recently carried out, design details were being finalised, and there were discussions about minimising the impact of construction on our residents living and working in the area.

Construction appears to be on track to start in November 2019, but I’ll be keeping a very close eye on this to ensure Crash Corner is given the attention it needs. We can’t afford to continue seeing accidents at the volume we saw last weekend.


OUT AND ABOUT


UPCOMING EVENTS

We have a few exciting upcoming events in the electorate that are worth taking note of:

  • Pizza and Politics, Thursday 3 October, 6.30-8pm at 130 Main Highway, Ellerslie
  • Coffee with a Cop, Friday 18 October, 10-11am at Ellerslie Coffee Club
  • Coffee with a Cop, Monday 14 October, 10-11am, Luscious Café, Onehunga
  • 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
  • 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

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