As the year is nearly over and the holiday season is upon us, it’s a good time to reflect and give a shout out to the people I’ve met out in the community. I’ve had the privilege of connecting with many of you this year. I’ve met many passionate individuals, been invited to visit your groups, sat alongside some of you during some challenging times, and enjoyed the many different ways that you choose to celebrate.
Having thriving communities is so important for our wellbeing. It is hard to imagine what the New Lynn electorate would look like without the input from the many people who work and volunteer for our libraries, community centres, the Whau and Puketapapa Local Boards, Grey Power, our Pacific Wardens the Community Policing Team, our churches, mosques and temples, our local schools and early childhood centres.
Meeting with my constituents face to face and visiting your organisations has given me a better understanding of the people I represent, and the ways in which I can help you. It also helps me when it comes to being involved in developing policy and making the day-to-day decisions in government.
Please contact my office if you would like me to come and visit your group, or come along to an event that you’re running. I can’t promise that I will always be able to make it because being an MP also means that I have to spend a lot of time in Wellington, but as much as possible, we like to be there to be part of our community.
On behalf of myself and my team at the New Lynn electorate office, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and thank you for reaching out and sharing the Aroha with others in our community over the holiday season.
Dr Deborah Russell, MP for New Lynn