Information overload for a new MP
When I was offered the opportunity to write this piece I wondered what I might talk about first.
I decided that I wouldn’t do a piece about any one particular topic but I wanted to take the opportunity to share my experience as a new MP over the last few weeks.
What a whirlwind it has been. Life was busy in the build up to the election and election night itself was intense; it was a night of such mixed emotions: nervousness, excitement and elation.
Monday the 25th I was off to Wellington to begin my inductions and what an induction it was; the wind was horrific, the flight was bumpy and the landing was terrifying – something I will get used too, I am told.
Upon exiting the taxi at Parliament I entered the building and was promptly seated at a table and then we were into it.
The information came thick and fast but the people were amazing. While I felt somewhat overwhelmed by it all, they were patient, understanding and most
‘‘The information came thick and fast but the people were amazing. They were patient, understanding and most importantly, organised.’’
It was busy like this for the next few days and again into the next week. It has been lovely to meet and spend time with all the new MPs from all parties.
I am really looking forward to the challenge ahead as a new MP in Government and so very grateful to all the people who voted for the Labour Party and me.
I have been asked what it is I want to achieve during my first term.
Initially for me, it will be about building relationships with you all and the community. The community knows best about what is needed for the district, and by community I mean community groups, businesses, schools and all the people that make Mid Canterbury the amazing place that it is.
I will be guided by the community in any goals I set. I am but one person and it isn’t up to me alone to say what I think should happen in this electorate, it is about everybody and what the people want to see happen for their electorate.
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