Happy New Year. I hope that you had a chance to relax over the Christmas and New Year period, and that 2021 is off to a great start for you already.
Aren’t we fortunate to live in the Bay of Plenty where we enjoy some of the most consistently sunny weather in New Zealand? I’m hearing lots of positive feedback from people who’ve travelled here from other places and have enjoyed our beaches, amenities, shops and restaurants.
I feel refreshed after spending a few weeks of quality time with friends and family and I’ve got a busy schedule of local events lined up as well as key meetings in Wellington where I’ll be advocating for constituent issues.
I’ll be seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister of Internal Affairs about the safety implications of relying purely on mobile communication technology after Papamoa’s Volunteer Fire Brigade siren was silenced by just one person’s complaint last year.
I’m also going to be following up on my question to the Minister of Education about why Papamoa Primary, with its growing roll but declining classrooms, was excluded from the Government’s most recent funding allocation for building work.
And I have requested a meeting with neighbouring East Coast MP Kiri Allan, Minister for Conservation, requesting that consultation be opened before our coastal fisheries are handed over the Regional Council for management. If you sign my petition at www.toddmuller.co.nz/motiti_island you’ll be invited to the public meeting I will be holding on this issue in early March.