We are now nearly quarter of the way through the year already. I hope you all are keeping well and bracing yourself to say goodbye to summer.
First and foremost, I would like to extend my deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to all those directly affected by last month’s devastating events, and to the wider Islamic community. The horrific attacks are foreign to everything that makes us New Zealanders, our beliefs and values, our tolerance, and how we live in respect of one another.
I want to acknowledge our responders who were on the ground, including New Zealand Police, St Johns, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Victim Support, and other agencies that worked closely together to ensure that those who were so horribly affected by these events got the support and welfare they needed. Please remember, my office is always here should you need any further assistance.
As I paid my respects at the Onehunga Islamic Centre and shared a few words of support with their leadership, I couldn’t help but feel proud of our Maungakiekie community who stood together in solidarity.
As you may have been following, my petition on the Church and Victoria intersection in Onehunga, which received a great number of signatures, saw AT announce that improvements will be made to ensure safety.
It is with great pleasure that I can now say Auckland Transport is currently consulting with community members and are proposing to improve road safety by constructing a raised platform roundabout, which is expected to improve safety for all road users by slowing vehicles down and raising driver awareness on their approach to the intersection. Installation of further pedestrian facilities will also help to improve safety and connections for people crossing the road at this location.
To have your say on the proposal, visit https://at.govt.nz/about-us/have-your-say/central-auckland-consultations/church-street-victoria-street-onehunga-new-roundabout/. The deadline for submissions is April 3rd 2019.
If you would like to engage with me in regards to this intersection or other intersections within the electorate please visit my website deniselee.co.nz.
How my office can help you…
I recently spoke at Onehunga’s CAB branch meeting about the services that my office provides. In addition to regularly meeting community stakeholders, local businesses and residents, I also highly prioritise making myself visible, approachable and accessible throughout our community in order to best represent you.
Whether you have queries about legislation or government policy, or encounter difficulties with state agencies including HNZ, Immigration NZ, and WINZ, my office is here to help. For more information, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org, or pop in to one of my regular drop-in sessions at the Onehunga Community Centre or the Mt Wellington Community Church.
Out and About
We have a few exciting upcoming events in the electorate that are worth taking note of:
- Mt Wellington Community Clean-Up : April 14th
- Seniors Morning Tea : May 15th
- Weekend Coffee Catch-ups : Held regularly throughout the year
- Mt Wellington monthly drop-in sessions : First Friday of every month
- Onehunga monthly drop-in sessions : First Monday of every month
If any of the above captures your attention, please do not hesitate to contact my office on 0800 DENISE MP to find out more information.
I hope this newsletter has updated you on what I have been busying myself with over the past month. I look forward to continuing to work hard for you and your family in our great electorate.