A very happy belated new year to you all! I trust everyone had a restful break with family and friends and your batteries are recharged for another year ahead. I’ve come back from my holiday energised and ready to continue serving you as your local MP.
I hope my first newsletter of 2019 sparks some interest, and I look forward to keeping you updated on what I am doing in the electorate and around the country.
Education Public Meeting
On Monday 4th March, I am hosting a Future of Education public meeting with Hon Nikki Kaye, National’s Spokesperson for Education, to listen to parents’ and teachers’ views on education issues. The meetings will have a particular focus on the Government’s ‘Tomorrow’s Schools Review’, which includes changes to governance, learning support and enrolment schemes, and will represent the largest education reform in over 30 years.
As a mother of two high school students, a previous school board chairman and board member for Parenting Place, I have serious concerns about the creation of approximately 20 new Crown entities called Education Hubs that would transfer responsibilities from parents to bureaucrats and potentially disempower parents. I want to not only ensure that the trustees on our local school boards, parents, students and community have a good understanding of the proposals, but also the opportunity to be heard.
This is a once in a generation chance to make some significant changes to our education system, so I encourage you to come along and have your voice heard. For more information about the meeting or the ‘Tomorrow’s Schools Review’, please contact my office on 0800 DENISEMP.
Church/Victoria Street intersection – SUCCESS!
As some might be aware, I launched a petition last year that called on Auckland Transport to commit funding and urgently improve safety at the Victoria Street and Church Street intersection in Onehunga. Several crashes in the past year have caused this intersection to be deemed high-risk and many lives are being put at risk.
Following a productive meeting I had with AT last month, it is with great pleasure that I can announce changes are coming to the Victoria Street and Church Street intersection! AT’s consultation with the community is set for late February/early March. I strongly encourage all local residents to take part and share your feedback, so we can get the changes that are so desperately needed.
For regular updates and access to the live, online consultation link, please visit deniselee.co.nz
Mt Wellington Community Patrol
Following a successful launch, a group of residents are now patrolling Mt Wellington streets and looking out for suspicious activity! For those who have been following their journey, the Mt Wellington Community Patrol has come a long way since we first initiated it at my crime public meeting last year, and I would like to thank all our volunteers for the crime prevention work they will be doing to keep our neighbourhood safe.
Community Patrols of New Zealand is a national organisation that supports over 5,000 volunteers who work closely with Police as extra “eyes and ears” and receive regular Police guidance, training and tasking. The Mt Wellington Community Patrol excitingly marks the 170th affiliated community patrol in New Zealand.
For more information or to join the Mt Wellington Community Patrol, phone Local MP Denise Lee’s office on 0800 DENISEMP or go online to www.cpnz.org.nz and click JOIN CPNZ.
Out and About
National’s Have Your Say Campaigns
The political year is well underway, and as part of National’s 2020 election policy development process, we are asking you to put forward your ideas for the future of our country. To have your say on what matters to you, visit www.national.org/haveyoursay and share your thoughts in the surveys provided.
This year is a big year for us and we aren’t wasting any time. From your feedback, our Caucus will release eight discussion documents that will cover issues including the economy, law and order, infrastructure, education and health. It’s important that New Zealand remains a place where you want to live, work and raise your family.
I’m looking forward to being part of a formidable team that will be ready in 2020 with a full policy agenda and a deliverable vision for our country. Thank you for your continuous support and encouragement as we hold this Government to account.