In­for­ma­tion over­load for a new MP

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - OUT & ABOUT - JO LUX­TON

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.’’

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.

I am con­tactable by email, joanne.lux­ton@par­lia­ment.govt.nz. Please feel free to be in touch any­time.

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