By Todd Muller
One of the great highlights of my job is having the opportunity to witness, engage with and support a vast array of community events.
We have always been the kind of family that got involved locally, and as the parents of three children, my wife and I have been to our fair share of local sporting events, markets and school performances.
But as the local MP, you see everything in a new light.
There is seldom a community event you aren't invited to, which opens your eyes to the sheer scale of what is going on week-in, week-out.
It soon becomes a struggle arranging your diary to see which ones you can or can't make, but it's been an absolute revelation how often people do stuff for each other, and that is a testament to the kind of community we live in.
Great examples of this lately have been the Welcome Bay Firework Evening, organised by the Welcome Bay Lions Club which saw the skies above Tye Park light up, along with the eyes of onlookers.
The Mount Maunganui Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon also saw 1800 kids, and at least that amount or more as supporters, turn out to get involved and active. It's great when we see community working for community.