Viewpoint – Fingers crossed for stress free Christmas

I think we are all crossing our fingers and toes hoping summer is around the corner. I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas break with friends and family. It’s been great to see the summer season kick off with some special local events, like the inaugural Ōrewa Beach Brands fashion parade and more recently our Ōrewa Surf Sounds concert at the Ōrewa Surf Lifesaving Club.

Our surf lifesavers will be working hard at keeping us safe in the water over what will no doubt be a very busy summer. They are currently getting requalified and training for the season ahead and I want to thank and acknowledge them for the incredibly important public service they provide, most of them being volunteers in our community. As proud Patron of the Ōrewa Surf Lifesaving club we are currently running a fundraising campaign to replace the existing club. It has been a solid, reliable clubhouse that has supported many rescues, but it is not fit for purpose anymore and being a coastal community, our surf clubs are a hub. We need to build a surf club that can meet the growing needs of the community.

This year I have had to deal with residents being negatively impacted by an increased gang presence. The most recent being intimidation and anti-social behaviour in a residential street in Ōrewa. I work closely with our local Police and want to acknowledge the recent Police operations to clamp down on and disrupt gang activity. I hold a regular meeting in my office with our councillors, local board members and local Police leadership. We make it clear that we are 100 percent behind and in support of our Police in taking a zero tolerance approach to gangs and the intimidation, violence, and misery that they peddle. We are focused and motivated on working together to make our communities safer. 

Once again, have a safe, happy, and relaxing summer break and use it as a chance to unwind after a busy and stressful year for many.

My Ōrewa office is open until late in December, so please if you have any concerns that you would like to raise, I am always available. You can contact my office by phone, 09 426 6215, or the email address at the top of this column.

Fingers crossed for stress free Christmas

I think we are all crossing our fingers and toes hoping summer is around the corner. I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas break with friends and family. It’s been great to see the summer season kick off with some special local events, like the inaugural Ōrewa Beach Brands fashion parade and more recently our Ōrewa Surf Sounds concert at the Ōrewa Surf Lifesaving Club.

Our surf lifesavers will be working hard at keeping us safe in the water over what will no doubt be a very busy summer. They are currently getting requalified and training for the season ahead and I want to thank and acknowledge them for the incredibly important public service they provide, most of them being volunteers in our community. As proud Patron of the Ōrewa Surf Lifesaving club we are currently running a fundraising campaign to replace the existing club. It has been a solid, reliable clubhouse that has supported many rescues, but it is not fit for purpose anymore and being a coastal community, our surf clubs are a hub. We need to build a surf club that can meet the growing needs of the community.

This year I have had to deal with residents being negatively impacted by an increased gang presence. The most recent being intimidation and anti-social behaviour in a residential street in Ōrewa. I work closely with our local Police and want to acknowledge the recent Police operations to clamp down on and disrupt gang activity. I hold a regular meeting in my office with our councillors, local board members and local Police leadership. We make it clear that we are 100 percent behind and in support of our Police in taking a zero tolerance approach to gangs and the intimidation, violence, and misery that they peddle. We are focused and motivated on working together to make our communities safer. 

Once again, have a safe, happy, and relaxing summer break and use it as a chance to unwind after a busy and stressful year for many.

My Ōrewa office is open until late in December, so please if you have any concerns that you would like to raise, I am always available. You can contact my office by phone, 09 426 6215, or the email address at the top of this column.