The News North Canterbury - A&P show season is here
As MP for the Kaikoura Electorate, I spend much of my time travelling up and down the length of the electorate.
In the course of my travels I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend many gatherings and events, with the regional A&P shows topping my list of favourites.
The Northern (Rangiora) A&P Show is the first of a number I will be attending this season, and I am very much looking forward to being there and meeting those of you from the Kaikoura Electorate who are taking time out to attend.
Thank you to Matt Doocey, MP for Waimakariri for inviting me to join him at his stand.
Meeting and chatting face-to-face with constituents is the best way of finding out what is happening on the ground.
I'm always keen to answer questions or hold discussions on any topic and in this part of the country.
I'm sure the drought will be top of mind, along with the Hurunui water project, and of course the TPPA.
I particularly enjoy the A&P shows because they bring together such a cross section of the community, it's great to see families enjoying the day together, the young, the old, townies and farmers all out to have a good time.
Particularly during tough times, it's a great way for people to leave the daily pressures behind for a day or two and offer vital support to one another in a relaxed setting.
I'm a firm believer in the power of community spirit and the A&P Show is the perfect place for this to flourish.
I'm also told this show is nearing its 100th anniversary: What a great achievement.
Times have changed dramatically since the very first show and it is a credit to the organisers of the show, newcomers and stalwarts alike, that it is still such a popular event.
Come and find me at the Rangiora A&P Show - I look forward to seeing you there.