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Maggies Messenger

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Welcome
Welcome to the Autumn edition of Maggies Messenger. As your local Member of Parliament I want to keep you up-to-date with what I am doing on the North Shore and with the work I am undertaking on your behalf in Parliament. In this issue we are highlighting the significant developments in Budget 2013 which will impact on the North Shore (page 2). We also look at other Government initiatives which will have an impact on the services provided by North Shore Hospital (page 3) including the extra funding recently allocated for aged care, an issue close to my heart. I am very pleased to be engaged in a broad range of local activities including local art and heritage groups, honouring a local legend (page 8), sporting events (page 9), and celebrations with graduating navy cadets (page 4). I am enjoying the diversity and dynamism of the individuals, groups and organisations I am meeting in the electorate. We are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the country and my job is to make it an even better place to live, work and play. I hope you find Maggies Messenger a useful read and wed appreciate your feedback. If there is anything I can help you with dont hesitate to contact my office (phone 09 486 0005 or email northshore@ parliament.govt.nz) with ideas, suggestions and any concerns you may have.
Rt. Hon. John Key and North Shore MP, Maggie Barry

Prime Ministers North Shore tour de force


Devonport really rose to the occasion on May 1, when Prime Minister John Key came to see what makes this vibrant community unique. The weather was sublime, the atmosphere friendly and the locals enjoyed meeting and chatting with the PM as he walked up Victoria Road. The heritage groups were able to talk to him as the Minister of Tourism about issues around earthquake strengthening and their passionate desire to preserve the history, culture and character that makes Devonport a magnet for tourists and locals alike. Mention was also made of developing and coordinating a range of local heritage walks in the near future. Representatives of long-standing local businesses who gathered to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Peter Raos Gallery are articulate examples of how this close knit business community works together. Devonport businesses have weathered many storms because they join forces in times of difficulty and support each other. This was apparent to John Key and he remarked on their loyalty to each other and the strong sense of community spirit which is at the heart of the success of the large number of New Zealands small and medium businesses. A highlight was the meeting with the elder statesman of industrial design Gifford Jackson, one of Devonports own, a quintessential local still living in the North Head villa he was born in 91 years ago. This humble man, an unsung hero, has never put himself forward but was delighted, along with his family, to meet John Key when he visited the Victoria Picture Palace. The Victoria Theatre Trust which has worked tirelessly to preserve and continue to make the Vic viable, took the opportunity to share their concerns with the Prime Minister about the potential impact that new earthquake strengthening regulations might have on the character of their community and in particular the historic buildings. In conjunction with the Takapuna Beach Association we compiled a guest list of 30 local business representatives to meet with John Key at the penthouse of the Spencer on Byron. Their brief was to describe what makes Takapuna such a great place to do business and why it has such a bright future. A mix of the great and good of the Takapuna business community, including property developers, landlords, inventors, entrepreneurs, retailers, the tourism sector and event promoters all shared their challenges with John Key who then addressed their concerns. His insights about the close working relationship between central government and the supercity and his optimism for the future were very well received. The general feeling was very positive and that the opportunity to meet the PM had been worthwhile and productive. Although he was only here for a few hours, we were able to showcase the best in both heritage and business and I think the PM definitely came away with strong and favorable impressions about the way we get things done on the Shore.

Maggie & family at home in Devonport


We are now settled into our new home in Stanley Point, Devonport and Grant, son Joe and I are really enjoying getting to know the neighbourhood, exploring the local cafes and shops and taking in movies at The Vic.

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Maggies eye-view of Budget 2013- the highlights
This 5th budget of Finance Minister Bill English is indeed Building Momentum with the Crown accounts now moving at speed towards our target of achieving surplus by 2014/15 and bringing net government debt back down to 20 per cent of GDP by 2020. As Finance Minister Bill English said, it delivers progress and optimism reflected in the fact that our economy grew by 3 per cent last year, higher than almost any other developed country and is projected to grow at 2 to 3 per cent a year. There are 50,000 more jobs in the economy than two years ago and the unemployment rate has dropped to 6.2 per cent. This is still too high, but is also lower than almost any developed country. This is a Budget that provides more support for families, more money invested into health than ever before and forecasts more economic growth, more jobs and rising wages. The North Shore is at the cutting edge of many science and technology industries which will benefit from our Business Growth Agenda which includes $100 million-a-year for an internationally-focused growth and innovation package. This will boost investment in science, research and development, and tourism which is all good news for the North Shore. Local success story AFT Pharmaceuticals appreciate the value of the $3.8 million grant they were awarded which will help them grow their company to another level. Businesses on the North Shore will benefit from the significant ACC levy reductions of around $300 million for 2014/15, increasing to a reduction of around $1 billion the following year. Another new initiative which will resonate with small and medium enterprises on the Shore is $31.3 million for repayable grants for start-up businesses. I am particularly enthusiastic about our new Social Housing reform package which makes bold changes to the way we deliver housing assistance to those most in need. The legislation extends income related rents to community housing providers such as churches and charities which can readily provide a wraparound service for clients with disabilities, mental health and alcohol and drug issues. The Housing Minister, Nick Smith emphasised that what is most important is not who owns the bricks and mortar, but that those in need get the support they require. Theres also welcome news for home buyers who find Auckland house prices unaffordable with the Housing Accords Bill giving local councils the tools they need to streamline the consenting process and allowing new housing developments in special housing areas. The Bill will enable Councils to partner with Government because high housing costs raise debt and increase demand for social assistance. Making housing more affordable is good for the economy and good for communities. If an accord cannot be reached in areas of severe housing shortage, the government can intervene and streamline the process in designated special housing areas and issue consents for developments. Despite tough economic times we are investing more in health than ever before and our public health services have received the biggest increase in funding. We are making $1.6 billion available over four years, boosting total health spending to a record $14.7 billion. District Health Boards will receive $250m of this directly each year to meet inflation pressures and population changes. Which all adds up to very good news for our local Waitemata DHB and North Shore Hospital which goes from strength to strength. Some $1.5 billion of proceeds from the Mighty River Power float will be invested in Christchurch hospitals, irrigation, schools, and the KiwiRail turnaround plan. The Future Investment Fund commitments of some $1.5 billion include $50 million to speed up the School Network Upgrade Project which enhances the technological capability of schools and also sets aside more than $700 million for key projects including building new schools. It was also announced that Meridian Energy will be the next company to be prepared for a partial share offer in the middle of the year.

R&D grant helping local business - Could your business qualify?


It was very encouraging to make a return visit to the Westpac Supreme Business Excellence award winning AFT Pharmaceuticals in Takapuna, which has been awarded $3.85 million as part of the Governments Technology Development Grants programme. Founder and CEO Hartley Atkinson has led AFT Pharmaceuticals, which develops prescription and over the counter medications, to secure licensing and distribution agreements in 42 countries. His aim now is to work on increasing sales from the current $50 million level to $150 million within the next four years. This local success story company had humble beginnings. Hartleys redundancy in 1997 prompted the former Westlake College boy to start the company, kicking it off from the back room of his Takapuna home. AFTs projected spend on research and development over a three year period is around $20 million and Hartley says the $3.8 million dollar grant will make a significant difference to his companys growth. It will be very helpful as it is difficult to really accelerate our R&D growth to get a range of products to market quickly.
AFT Pharmaceuticals Founder and CEO Hartley Atkinson and fellow National MPs Dr Paul Hutchison and Dr Jian Yang.

Pharmaceutical product development is expensive but the upside is considerable for successful patented products and the benefits will flow back to NZ, as our headquarters are here in Takapuna. The North Shore in general is very suitable for this type of high tech industry as we have a highly skilled work force and there is no reason why we cannot compete with the worlds best. AFT Pharmaceuticals is one of eight high-tech New Zealand businesses awarded grants this year worth over $25 million. The grants are assessed by an independent panel and managed by Callaghan Innovation, the new Crown entity charged with accelerating the commercialisation of innovation in New Zealand. For more information on how to apply for R&D Grants go to The Ministry of Business, Innnovation and Employment science website www.msi/govt.nz. Small and medium-sized businesses are a critical part of the New Zealand economy accounting for around 27% of our GDP. They dominate our industries and play a significant part in generating jobs, innovation and overseas income. According to the latest data from Statistics New Zealand, they account for 97% of all enterprises and employ more than 581,000 employees. A factsheet Small Businesses in New Zealand is available on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employments website, along with links to detailed data on small and medium enterprises from Statistics New Zealands business surveys. This aligns with the Better Public Services goal to have more information relevant to the needs of business online and in one place.

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Electronic passport renewal
The Governments set a range of targets, including that by 2017, 70% of common transactions with the Government should be completed electronically. Julia Cowdell of Devonport is an example of where the North Shore is at the forefront in the uptake of the new online passport renewals system. She was presented with a commemorative passport holder as the 20,000th online renewal since the service was launched last year.

Immigration
The golden rule is that its always better to get your applications in early in case theres a missing piece of information that might hold up or derail the process. My Maggies Monday Meetings in cafes around the North Shore remain excellent opportunities to discuss issues of concern and all too often they involve people experiencing immigration problems. Our immigration officials and the Ministry work very thoroughly, as they must to keep undesirables out, which can mean that these processes can often take a lot of time to investigate properly and applicants need to understand and allow for this. The onus of responsibility is on the person who wants to live, visit, study or work in New Zealand, to complete their application as early as practically possible rather than face the prospect of missing out because of a combination of deadline mentality and delays. Id highly recommend all applicants for visas to be very thorough in their approach and gather all of the information and details they require, and also question any advice they are given as they move through the Immigration process.

Maggies Monday Meetings


If you want to meet with me in one of my Monday Meetings, please call Monika in my Takapuna office to arrange an appointment.You may find that sometimes information can be provided, or services co-ordinated without the need to meet. People are contacting us at the office about a wide range of issues, and sharing their views on current law, upcoming legislative changes, the proposed Unitary Plan, applying to become a Justice of the Peace, enquiries about government support and funding opportunities for new initiatives and requesting information on accessing assistance from various government agencies. I take all correspondence very seriously and in my regular columns in the North Shore Times and monthly column in Channel magazine, I encourage people to make contact with the office about issues that I can help with. For the period Jan April 2013, my Takapuna office has received over 500 contacts from North Shore constituents. We always ask first for your name and address so that we can check you live in the North Shore electorate as its important to approach your local MP.

Improvements in local care


Our local district health board has experienced a dramatic turnaround from being one of the worst performing DHBs to one of the very best in the country. Board Chair Dr Lester Levy and his team are to be congratulated on the reduction in the length of stay in the emergency department, with 97% of patients now admitted, discharged or transferred within six hours compared with just 61% four years ago. Building on that success, North Shore Hospital is part of a bowel screening pilot programme which in its first year has already found cancer in 60 people. Its encouraging to see the impact this $24 million pilot programme is having on early bowel cancer detection. They are offering free screening for people aged between 50-74 and if you are given the chance Id urge you to take up the opportunity. Theres more to celebrate in July with the opening of a new elective surgery centre at the Hospital which will be one of the most advanced in the country. I am also proud of the new $25 million facility set to replace the Taharoto Mental Health Unit. A new, purpose-built inpatient unit at North Shore Hospital will replace the existing woeful facility and the work is expected to be finished by the end of next year. Recently our Government earmarked an extra $70 million nationwide over four years for aged care and dementia services, an issue which is close to my heart. Im very aware, after experience with my own mothers decline into dementia, that New Zealand needs to rise to the challenges associated with people living longer.

Eli McKeown and his Granddad Kirk Page at Takapunas Melba Caf, one of the fine cafes around the North Shore where I hold Maggies Monday Meetings

With Associate Health Minister, Jo Goodhew and Ward 2 Charge Nurse, Jason Russell on a visit to North Shore Hospital.

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Wishing the new naval cadets fair winds and following seas
It was an honour to be the Reviewing Officer for the graduation of the latest intake of young naval recruits at the Devonport Naval Base; the Leander and Achilles divisions of Basic Common Training Course 13/1. A proud day for family and friends, its very apparent just how much these young people get out of their first 13 weeks of training one of the hardest, yet most rewarding phases of their Naval career. The 74 graduates can be very proud of accomplishing such a significant milestone in their lives. Having served a week as a navy cadet last year in the Defence Force Parliamentarians Scheme, Ive briefly experienced first-hand the hard work that has been put in for the recruits to reach this point. The New Zealand Defence Force maintains exacting standards for their personnel, the graduates working very hard to achieve the standards reflected in the Navys core values: Courage, Commitment and Comradeship. As an island nation, our lives are defined by the ocean that surrounds us; we are reliant on maintaining our sea lines of communication to safeguard our economic wellbeing and standard of living, and its our Navy that gives us the ability to protect these interests. Im sure that the graduates will find many opportunities to progress in their chosen careers, and to contribute to New Zealands security and to safeguard our unique Kiwi way of life.
Master at Arms Clayton Russell, Maggie and Commander Andrew Brown.

Captain Fleet Personnel and Training Basic Common Training Academic Prize awarded to Ordinary Communications Operator Indiana McEwin.

On review with Commander Andrew Brown.

Rear Admiral Jack Steer, Maggie, Commander Andrew Brown, partner Grant Kerr and Commodore Wayne Burroughs.

Were working for you in 2013


Hon. Murray McCully MP FOR EAST COAST BAYS 09 478 0207 | eastcoastbays.electorate@xtra.co.nz Hon. Jonathan Coleman MP FOR NORTHCOTE Maggie Barry MP FOR NORTH SHORE 09 419 8021 | northcote@parliament.govt.nz 09 486 0005 | northshore@parliament.govt.nz

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Lest We Forget - Anzac Day
For the second year running I attended the Devonport parade and laid a commemorative wreath. I have now joined the Devonport RSA, continuing a long standing family connection with the armed services. My grandfather served at Gallipoli in World War I, my father was in the Royal Air Force and my uncle in the Royal Navy. Next years Anzac centenary will be an opportunity to remember those who fought and served in all wars, conflicts and peace operations in the past 100 years. The increasing number of New Zealanders attending ANZAC services reflects a growing understanding and interest in the sacrifices made in all armed conflicts. I welcomed the recent announcement of $17 million allocated by the Lottery Grants Board for regions throughout New Zealand to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War, and also of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. This money will be available to fund community events and projects in the North Shore electorate, and throughout New Zealand.

With Chief Petty Officer Seaman Combat Specialist, James Leef and Able Seaman Combat Specialist, Sione Latu. Photo credit: Chris Weissenborn NZDF.

Unit Commander LTCDR Jenny Fagan and 2IC LT Brian Mallone, from the NZ Cadet Force T.S. Leander, based in Devonport.

At the Devonport RSA with Al Cameron BEM, Auckland District RSA Support Advisor and Devonport RSA Executive Committee,Wendy Aranga, Devonport RSA Exec Committee and Archie Goodfellow, President Devonport RSA.

With Neil Butt,Vice President Korean Veterans Association and Devonport RSA executive committee and Alan Taylor, Korean Veterans Association and Devonport RSA.

Maggie, Joe and Grant. Kerr

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PMs North Shore Visit
Photography by Alex Leben

PM John Key with Prue and Peter Raos when he cut the cake for the 10th anniversary of the Raos Art Gallery.

Local business representatives; Rod Cornelius, Pauline Baker, Sharon de Heer and Eddie de Heer.

Claudia Page, Margot McRae and Trish Deans representing Devonport Heritage groups talking to John Key and Maggie Barry.

Maggie Barry and John Key.

Ruth Park, Maggie Barry, Gifford Jackson and John Key at the Victoria Picture Palace.

Meeting and greeting around Devonport.

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In the penthouse at the Spencer on Byron, Peter White, John Key and Dave Donaldson of Takapuna Beach Business Association.

Chris Arbuckle, CEO of Crown Group and Sir David Levene of Quadrant Properties.

Greg Smale (background) and Peter Wall, Chairman of the Harbour Access Trust, NOWSC and The Wharf.

Maggie Barry, Dave Donaldson and John Key.

Naomi Ballantyne of Partners Life and Ben and Liam Wiltshire of Wiltshire Property Group.

Salota Aleke of Manuka Restaurant makes the PMs favourite coffee.

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Culture, Shore style
One of my first tasks as resident MP when I moved into Devonport was to officially open the Gifford Jackson exhibition and book launch at The Depot Artspace. It is the first exhibition of its kind in the world celebrating a New Zealand industrial designers work. Gifford Jackson is a quintessential Devonport local, still living in the house he was born in and it was an honour to share this special occasion with him, along with Michael Smythe, curator of the exhibition and author of the excellent publication Gifford Jackson: New Zealand Industrial Pathfinder. At 91 years of age Gifford continues to be one of the movers and shakers in the Devonport community and hes actively involved in jazz music alongside other members of U3A.

Exhibition and book launch at The Depot Artspace, with Gifford Jackson and Beryl Tatton.

At the exhibition with Grant Kerr, and Devonport U3A members, Rodney Bowen, Lynette Brockelbank, Ron Child and Ian Free.

Mairangi street party


Thanks to Carlo and Carolyn Mikkelsen of Surville Place, Mairangi Bay for inviting me along to their annual street party. There was a great atmosphere as more than 35 people from the cul-de-sac showed real street spirit - there was even an election of a Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of the street. Many nationalities were represented, and a wonderful evening was had by all.

With Lynn Dawson, Chair of the Devonport Friends Group of the Michael King Writers Centre.

With Trevor Jukes, Jen Jensen, a visitor from Denmark, and Carlo Mikkelsen at the annual street party.

With National Party President Peter Goodfellow, the new Chinese Consul-General Mr Niu Qingbao and the Hon Dr Pita Sharples I enjoyed a spectacular performance of the traditional Chinese love story, The Peony Pavilion.

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Celebrating sculpture
Another outstanding exhibition of fine wooden sculptures this year in the lovely gardens of The Lake House. The bi-ennial Wood Sculpture LIVE exhibition on for the month of May, always attracts a very high standard. Im pictured (right) with local board member and former Rosmini deputy head boy Joe Bergin, and standing beside this years supreme winning sculpture by artist Joe Kemp. The exhibition is a great testimony to the hard working and talented team at the Lake House. There is the opportunity to take part in the Peoples Choice Awards and my selection for the Peoples Choice awards was Emerging Cities by sculptor Maurice van Cooten. In the picture (left) with me are sculptor Maurice Van Cooten and art patron James Wallace. James had just purchased the piece, which is hopefully destined for his superb Pah Homestead.

Going strong
The Weet-bix TRY-athalons are still going strong after 21 years, with 21,000 youngsters taking part around NZ this summer. The final event for 2013 was held in perfect weather conditions at Narrowneck, with 2,200 kids receiving medals for their participation in the cycle, swim & running event. My son Joe did three TRY-athalons, one in Wellington and two in Auckland, and still has his medals proudly displayed. In fact, he enjoyed it so much it started him as a cross country runner. Im pictured here in good company - Maddy Dillon, Ali Shanks & Cameron Brown - NZ athletes who all did TRY-athalons when they were youngsters - theres hope for Joe yet.

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Engaging with senior students
In the past few months Ive enjoyed meeting senior students during my visits to Rosmini College, Westlake Girls High School, Westlake Boys High School, Takapuna Grammar and Carmel College. These schools are world-class and their students are regularly recognised for outstanding levels of academic, sporting and cultural achievements. One in particular who excelled last year, coming top in the world in two Cambridge subjects, is a former Westlake student, Pita Roycroft. He is very enthusiastic about politics and Ive just appointed him as my part time Issues Assistant in my Parliamentary office. There seems to be a genuine appetite for political and community leadership amongst our young people, and Youth Parliament 2013 has provided an opportunity for ambitious senior students to represent the North Shore as its Youth MP. My observation that Id seen more manure in Parliament than I had in my years as a gardener didnt seem to put them off. My lunchtime meeting at Westlake Girls College attracted a great turnout of girls who were engaged and enthused about Youth Parliament 2013. It was a testimony to their willingness to rise to the challenge of becoming young politicians, that three out of the five finalists were Westlake girls.

PM John Key and Pita Roycroft, my new part-time Issues Assistant in Parliament.

With Principal Roz Mexted after addressing an enthusiastic group of aspiring Youth MPs at Westlake Girls High School

Youth MP
Run every three years, Youth Parliament gives young people aged between 16 and 18 the opportunity to experience life as a Member of Parliament. Its an opportunity for senior students to debate their views in the House, take part in select committees and making legislation. Selecting my Youth MP for the North Shore was always going to be difficult so I enlisted the judging help of local businessman and former AIMES Awards judge, Gary Monk, and Joseph Bergin from the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board. Asked to write an essay on the issues affecting youth on the North Shore, its heartening to see how engaged our young people are about issues facing their generation, and the enthusiasm they have to represent their community. The North Shore has a lot to be proud of in these aspiring young leaders. It was a closely-fought contest, but ultimately there could be only one winner and Ive selected Takapuna Grammar School prefect Jake Benson as my Youth MP to represent the North Shore electorate at Youth Parliament 2013. Jake will hold the title of Youth MP North Shore until the end of the year, actively engaging with the community to gain an understanding of the ideas and concerns of youth in the area, and working on his idea of an inter-college exchange programme. 121 Youth MPs from across the country will meet at Parliament on July 16 and 17, for hands-on experience with Parliaments decisionmaking process and to share the views of youth with the countrys decision makers. They will have a unique opportunity to step into the shoes of an MP for two days while they debate legislation, sit on select committees and ask questions of Cabinet Ministers.

Visiting the Beehive


If you or your school are planning a trip to the capital you are very welcome to contact my office for more information about the programmes and tours on offer. The parliamentary education tours are interactive and student centred, providing people of all ages the chance to experience and understand New Zealands social and political history and to see first-hand how our democracy works. If Im in Wellington, Id be happy to come and meet you on your visit to Te Whare, the Big House.

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Welfare reform
Currently there are 330,000 working age people, or 12% of the working age population, receiving a benefit in New Zealand. 220,000 children live in benefit-dependent homes. Stage Two of the Governments comprehensive reform of the welfare system has recently been announced, with a goal to assist people from welfare dependency and into work. This will ensure a better life and better opportunities for those people currently trapped in a life of limited choices, poverty and poor health. The reforms will be implemented from July this year, and build on the first stage begun in August 2012. There will be simplified benefit categories, and a greater work focus, along with new work preparation and social obligations. The investment approach will shift the focus towards a better use of resources, and will target interventions and assistance to those who are at risk of becoming long-term dependent on welfare. Continuing with this work Budget 2013 announced a further $188.6 million for the next stage of welfare reform to ensure beneficiaries get more intensive support to move from welfare to work.

Hospice support
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Hospice North Shore which began in 1983 with a handful of volunteers working out of one tiny room. From humble beginnings, last year they were able to care for more than 600 patients and their families. A welcome boost came recently when Health Minister Tony Ryall announced an extra $300,000 in funding going to Hospice New Zealand, allowing the high standards of hospice care to be maintained and improved. The funding is part of the $15 million per year Boost Hospice Care support that the Government has committed to palliative care since 2009. Part of the funding will go towards workforce initiatives; ensuring hospices can continue to meet the needs of their communities. This means every New Zealander, no matter where they live, will have access to the same high quality hospice services. As a former patron of Hospice NZ and a former Chair of a palliative care review, I know how important it is to have top quality end of life care for those with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Over the past 30 years North Shore Hospice has grown to become the specialist provider of palliative care in our community. If youd like to help please see www.hospicenorthshore.org.nz.

IHCs Good Neighbour competition


It was a great pleasure to judge the national winners of the IHC Good Neighbour Gardening competition, recognising those who take pride in their gardens. As a veteran Ellerslie Flower Show judge, and after judging this years excellent show in Christchurch, I was very impressed with the high standard of the winning gardens and the often tireless efforts of the entrants. The competition provides a genuine level of engagement, and is an excellent opportunity to encourage neighbours to lend a hand, and to get to know their neighbours who want to make their gardens more attractive and productive. I was very happy to play my part, and applaud the efforts of all who entered. The winners of the Staff Support category have to be commended for the full use of their garden in Mairangi Bay, from the pots and baskets, to the productive, raised vegetable gardens and shrubs. Many of these gardens were created on a shoestring budget, with clever recycling and innovative ideas that any one of us could apply to our own gardens. As with any garden thats a pleasure to be in, the entries were more to do with the heart than the head and the competitors enthusiasm was obvious. We all had a lovely time at the prizegiving. If you want to help the IHC go to www.ihc.org.nz.

Congratulating the winners of the Staff Support category in Mairangi Bay.

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