Kapiti Independent has decided that, although we tend to the left on many issues, we also need to reflect wider opinions.
It seems obvious to us that, of all local politicians, National list MP Hekia Parata has been make the biggest impact recently.
She is a rising star in the National Government and has now taken over two key portfolios as Minister of Education and Minister of Pacific Island Affairs. Here’s her first monthly column…
‘Kia ora everyone
I hope your year has started well and your children have settled into their daily school routine.
It is so important that all our young learners do well, that they enjoy their learning, that they move smoothly from one stage of their education to the next, and they leave our education system qualified, confident, and good Kiwi citizens.
As the Minister of Education and the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs I am very excited about the challenges ahead and as I write, I look forward to the opening of the new Whitireia New Zealand Kapiti Campus, along with the Hon Nathan Guy.
It is great to see this successful tertiary institution making the commitment to the Kapiti Coast.
I recently attended the Kapiti Women’s Triathlon supporting some strong and inspiring women in my office who participated in the event, as well as all others.
I was impressed to see women pushing themselves in achieving their personal goal and congratulate all courageous women who were involved.
I also want to commend the organisers for another well run, safe, and fun event.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who attended Minister Paula Bennett’s Greenpaper for Vulnerable Children meeting in Porirua recently.
It was a wonderful turn out and provided plenty of thought provoking and useful discussion. I hope you,or an organisation you are involved with, have taken the opportunity to send in a submission – all will be considered.
As I write, I am travelling throughout the country meeting with local schools, boards of trustees, business leaders, and various other community groups.
I will also be engaging with Pasifika leaders in the gateway of the Pacific, Auckland, as well as those quake-affected communities in Christchurch.
Let’s remember all these resilient Cantabrians during this anniversary of the February earthquake.
It will be great to catch up with you around the electorate. Perhaps I will see you at our annual Creekfest on Saturday 2 March, 2012. Or see you at the Relay for Life Porirua event on Saturday 25 February, 2012 where we can be inspired with the Relay for Life Kapiti launch in 2013. These events are where we can learn more, celebrate our good health, strong families, and diverse communities.