I am finding it hard to believe we are already in the third month of the year and we have been certainly noticing the cooler mornings and evenings in Selwyn as we head into autumn.
This month is going to be an exciting one in our region, with a number of events on the calendar including a public information evening on changes to our education system that I am hosting in Rolleston with my colleague Hon Nikki Kaye on Monday 18th March. Further details are included in the body of this newsletter.
Then on 22nd March I will be attending the official openings of two new schools in our electorate which were approved by the previous Government. The schools are Knights Stream School in Halswell and Ararira Springs School in Lincoln. Other events this month include the Malvern Show on the 23rd of March.
Proposal for Capital Gains Tax
You may have heard me lately speaking in the media about the recently released report from the Government-commissioned Tax Working Group, which has recommended a Capital Gains Tax. The reason I and my colleagues are strongly opposed to such a tax is because it penalises those who have worked hard and tried to build a nest egg for their future and reduces the incentives to build a business or save for your future. I will be travelling around New Zealand to talk further about the implications of such a tax on our communities in the coming months.
Out and about in Selwyn
In February I was invited to visit SST Seeds in Irwell. I really enjoy visiting local businesses and hearing their thoughts on the economy and what factors are currently impacting their operations.
|At SST Seeds in Irwell|
Fun at Yaldhurst School
Last month I paid a visit to Yaldhurst School and enjoyed chatting to students and staff about what had been happening at the school.
Future of Education Public Meeting
Come along to Rolleston College Auditorium on Monday 18th March to hear my colleague Hon Nikki Kaye and myself explain proposed changes to the way our schools are run and what these may mean for our local schools here in Selwyn. We would love to hear your feedback on these proposals and discuss wider issues affecting our education system.
Coffee meetings are an opportunity for you to drop in to meet me and discuss any issues that you think I may be able to assist with. Details of upcoming coffee meetings are as follows:
Friday 5th April
10.30am Little River Café, Little River
1.00pm The Brasserie Kitchen and Bar Café, Akaroa
MP for Selwyn