Local Government Results
Congratulations to those newly elected or re-elected to public office. Serving as an elected representative is a privilege and an honour.
The role Local Government plays in our day to day lives is significant and important. I wish all elected representatives well during their term of office.
Congratulations and thanks also to those who offered themselves for election but who were not successful.
Our democracy only functions if people stand and provide voters with an election choice.
Commemorations to mark the 250th anniversary of the first visit to our shores by James Cook and the officers and crew of the HMS Endeavour were a highlight last month.
Cook's first positive engagement with Maori took place at Wharekaho (Simpson's Beach) just north of Whitianga. Local iwi Ngati Hei were as generous with their welcome and hospitality this year as their ancestors were 250 years ago.
Coromandel Town Volunteer Firefighter Shane 'Smiley' Walker received his Gold Star recognition of his 25 years of continuous and dedicated service to the Brigade and the local community.
Our Coromandel electorate is served throughout by volunteers who give unstintingly their time to be members of local volunteer fire brigades.
Congratulations Shane and thank you from a grateful local MP and the wider community.
Labour Weekend marked the opening of the Annual Art Waikino Exhibition at Waikino's historic Victoria Hall. As always, there were a number of amazing artists exhibiting some very interesting and thought-provoking pieces. The great thing about this event was that it was full of terrific local and not-so-local art for sale and that all proceeds received went straight into the maintenance of the Waikino Hall.
It was great to see new Hauraki District Mayor Toby Adams in attendance and wearing his own arty shirt.
Thames Coromandel District Council Sworn In
As already mentioned, results from local government elections have been finalised.
I appreciated the opportunity to attend and speak at the swearing in of the TCDC Mayor, Sandra Goudie, councillors and community board members.
Congratulations once again. I'm looking forward to working with you.
The Coromandel electorate has so many great initiatives. Recently, I paid a visit to the volunteers at the Bright Smiles Community Garden in Thames. It was an absolutely amazing day with terrific weather and so many edible delights growing in the well tended gardens. But it's not just fruit and vegetables that are growing, they have a remarkable range of flower gardens as well. I spoke with Samantha, a co-ordinator for the garden and learned about what happens on an average day and what happens on harvesting days, which are every Thursday.
The Bright Smiles Community Garden are always looking for more volunteers so if you love to garden and want to get involved, please don't hesitate to get in contact with the Bright Smiles Community Garden in Thames on 07-868 3220.
Maggie Barry to Leave Parliament
I'm going to miss my friend and colleague Maggie Barry after the next election.
I think our Parliament will be the poorer for her not being there but I fully understand that she and her husband Grant are keen to spend time based in London with their family. Maggie and I came to Parliament together in 2011 and I've always enjoyed working working with her. She has visited the Coromandel on many occasions and I know locals will miss her gardening tips as much as I will miss her political quips.