Kaikoura Star - Connecting with the community

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Meeting with constituents face-to-face is one of the most important and enjoyable parts of my job as Kaikoura MP.

So it was great to get the chance to directly interact with the locals of Kaikoura at Donegal House recently at one of my "Meet your MP" evenings.

A variety of issues were raised - from the Kaikoura civic centre project to the TPPA and overseas ownership - I received some good questions and valuable insight into what is happening in the area.

I always enjoy meeting and speaking with communities around the electorate, and taking on board the issues people raise.

The evening was the first of its kind held by me in Kaikoura, and it's fair to say it won't be the last.

I hold similar evenings all over the electorate as I find it a good way to keep in touch across such a large area.

Of course, I regularly keep in touch with a good number of people all over the electorate about what's going on in their patch.

However, there is nothing like talking to those on the ground.

Kaikoura is an active, thriving town, with plenty going on throughout the year.

I am always pleased to meet those who are passionate about what is happening in their own community.

Thanks to those who came to meet me and did just that.

Thank you to Murray and his team at Donegal House for hosting the evening.

With its beautiful grounds, surrounded by magnificent Kaikoura scenery, the old-style pub and restaurant really makes for a pretty magical setting - all topped off by fantastic food and friendly people.

After all, great hospitality is what Kaikoura excels at.

As always, you don't have to wait for me to come to town to raise an issue.

As your electorate MP, I am here to assist you in any way I can, and to make sure your views are heard.

Give me a call (0800 788 278 or 03 579 3204), drop me an email (stuart.smithmp@parliamant.govt.nz) or arrange a time for me to visit you.

In the meantime, I will be near your patch again on November 20, when I host Deputy Prime Minister Bill English in Cheviot.

I am delighted to bring him to this beautiful part of the country and I welcome the opportunity to discuss with him what is happening in our electorate.

Kaikoura is an active, thriving town, with plenty going on throughout the year.