Ad­vo­cat­ing for Tu­rangi’s youth

Taupo Times - - OUT & ABOUT - STEPH RANGI

‘‘I am pas­sion­ate about my home town.’’ Cristina Duff

Tu­rangi-Ton­gariro ward res­i­dents will have the chance to vote for a new com­mu­nity board mem­ber and a new coun­cil­lor from Septem­ber 14 to Oc­to­ber 6.

Ad­vo­cat­ing for youth and hop­ing to make more peo­ple aware of the coun­try’s drug prob­lems, are rea­sons why Cristina Duff has put her name for­ward for the Tu­rangiTon­gariro Com­mu­nity Board.

Duff was born and bred in Tu­rangi and felt the tim­ing was right for her to step up.

‘‘I am pas­sion­ate about my home town,’’ she said.

‘‘I want to be­come a voice to help cre­ate a safer, car­ing and nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment for our chil­dren and our com­mu­nity.’’

In Duff’s opin­ion, the big­gest prob­lem - not just for Tu­rangi, but New Zealand in gen­eral - is the boom­ing metham­phetamine (P) prob­lem.

‘‘I would like to help by set­ting up more sup­port groups as this strug­gle doesn’t just im­pact the user but the whole fam­ily and the com­mu­nity at large.’’

Com­ing from her back­ground in the Depart­ment of Corrections, Duff said she has seen the ef­fect metham­phetamine takes on en­tire fam­i­lies, from all walks of life.

‘‘We all need to be ed­u­cated more, be aware of the lengths one can go to to fund this habit, the de­struc­tion it causes, to help us read the signs and to know where to turn to get help,’’ she said.

Get­ting more for Tu­rangi’s youth will also be on Duff’s agenda.

‘‘There should be more avail­able for our youth to keep them oc­cu­pied af­ter school,’’ she said.

‘‘To help our com­mu­nity, we need pas­sion­ate vol­un­teers to run pro­grammes that can keep our youth oc­cu­pied, en­gaged and safe.

‘‘To achieve this, we need to work to­gether with lo­cal busi­nesses, sports groups and the dis­trict coun­cil or up­grade our cur­rent fa­cil­i­ties where we can run these ac­tiv­i­ties.’’

As this is Duff’s first time run­ning for the com­mu­nity board, she said that while she won’t be do­ing back flips and cart­wheels, she will give ev­ery­thing 110 per cent.

‘‘I have no hid­den agen­das, what you see is what you get. I be­lieve I am fair, hon­est and I am a great lis­tener,’’ she said.

‘‘I don’t be­lieve I can change the world but I will try to im­ple­ment changes where and when I can.’’


Cristina Duff says it’s time to step up for the youth of Tu­rangi.

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