Happy New Year and welcome to another year of my fortnightly The Weekend Sun column – a great tool for communicating with our community. I hope you all made the most of the time off work, saw some sun, and spent special time connecting with friends and family. I appreciate that not everyone is able to take this time off as many of us do, so to the Police, doctors, nurses, store owners, petrol attendants and anyone else who kept us safe, fed and moving during the break – thank you.
As your local MP I'm rested, refreshed and ready to get back to working hard for the Bay. I'm ambitious for our region and want to see our families, businesses and communities succeed. My priorities for the year are ensuring the TNL begins as expected, and pushing for facilities such as a new school and 24-hour A&E in Papamoa to meet the needs of our growing community.
This is going to be a massive year for the Bay – I can feel it already.