Plenty of opportunity for city
I write this column as Jacinda Ardern takes up the role of Prime Minister.
It’s exciting to watch an incredible female politician elected to lead our country. Many of our local young people cast their first-ever votes recently.
It was positive to hear of schools and agencies supporting democratic education.
Participation is incredibly important, so too is ensuring an accessible and relevant decisionmaking process. I recently judged the North Cluster Schools’ Speech Festival, and listened to year 6-8 students talk about their big, bright ideas for the future.
I thoroughly enjoyed hearing some of our youngest citizens speak passionately about Palmy and identify some focus areas.
As a newmumI often think about what our city will offer my baby Max as he grows up. People have been both curious and supportive about how I manage a baby and my council work.
The saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ certainly rings true for us.
There are lots of exciting things happening in our community and with perfect timing as we start to see some warmer weather.
The Ashhurst Skate Park looks on track to be open for the holiday season, our six completed ‘Bikes in Schools’ programmes, complete with bike tracks, are proving popular during and outside of school hours, while our vast array of shared pathways across the city are constantly well used.
A highlight of my council workload is as chairperson of the Jaycee Trust Travelling Fellowship Scheme.
Recently it was my pleasure to award four scholarships to some pretty amazing young people in our community. They are each engaging in exciting international projects which will provide direct benefits to our community. We always have a lot on and our city is well placed to seize any challenges and opportunities ahead. Go Palmy!
Aleisha Rutherford is a Palmerston North city councillor who looks after the Youth& students, Digital& technology, Rural& villages portfolios
The Ashhurst skate park looks on track to be open for the holiday season, something skater Jacob Lidiard will no doubt be thankful for.