Aroha Advertiser - December 2016

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

While international events have dominated much of what has happened this year that all changed with the devastating earthquakes that hit the upper South Island and crippling Kaikōura, parts of the Main Trunk Railway and SH 1. In Wellington some buildings suffered major damage but came through remarkably unscathed.

The emergency services did a remarkable job and by sheer co-incidence that the 75th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Navy was being commemorated warships from around the world were due to enter Auckland Harbour to mark the International Naval Review

However, in light of the seriousness of the  earthquakes, the fleet of international warships bypassed the  naval celebrations and headed for Kaikoura to assist with rescue and recovery. Our  thanks go out  to the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan and Singapore for their assistance and support.

For those people especially those tourists stranded in Kaikōura the magnificent sight of a fleet or ships heading  for the coast must have been especially reassuring.

The government has put in place a $5 million post-quake support package for the primary sector in the Hurunui, Kaikoura and Marlborough districts.

This support will help with non-insurable assets such as tracks, on-farm bridges and water infrastructure.

You can TXT “RED CROSS” to 3181 to make a $3 donation to NZ Red Cross.

Year of International Instability

2016 has been a year  where the world has regularly experienced uncertainty, surprise and instability.

But here in New Zealand we are reaping the rewards of the opposite. We have stability, certainty and a Government that doesn’t thrust surprises upon people or businesses. Whether its Brexit, the surprise election of President  Trump or the political shenanigans across the ditch in Australia or the appalling human carnage in the Middle East, New Zealand is an oasis of calm.

I suspect that 2017 may be  another year of uncertainty in Europe with elections due in France and Germany.

Happy and safe holidays

While Christmas is almost here Parliament continues working well into December.

For many in our region, summer is the busiest time of the year. I hope you can take some time with families and friends and at this special time of year.

Finally for 2016, I want to extend my very best wishes to you and yours for a safe, peaceful Christmas and New Year.

ENDS

 

Authorised by Scott Simpson, 614 Pollen St, Thames.