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Simeon's December 2019 email newsletter.

Simeon Says
December 2019

Dear Friends,

As we head into the last month of the year there's a lot going on in Pakuranga as the local community gets into the Christmas spirit! Below is my last monthly email newsletter for 2019 with an update on a number of local and national issues:
  • Midnight Madness - another successful year
  • Two new National Party Discussion Documents
  • The Howick Santa Parade

Midnight Madness

Another successful Midnight Madness event has come and gone in the Howick Village and I was up there most of the night with my team meeting as many of you as possible. We flooded the crowds with blue National balloons, took lots of photos and selfies with you, and ran a "guess the jellybeans" competition, with our winner being Matt Xie who guessed 800 with the actual total being 794.

Thank you to everyone who came along to say hi and to support this annual event run by the Howick Village. It was a lot of fun for all, culminating in the lighting of the Stockade Hill tree which is now on full display for the rest of the month! I look forward to seeing you all again there next year.


National Party Discussion Documents

Education and Law & Order

In November, National launched two further discussion documents on the subjects of Education and Law & Order. This means we have now released 7 total discussion documents this year seeking your feedback on our ideas and proposals for what we will do when we return to government. We are doing the hard work now so we're ready to hit the ground running once elected, rather than wasting years of time on working groups and reviews like the current lot.

Education is vital to improving outcomes for all New Zealanders, and as the MP for Pakuranga I know how a good education can transform lives. That is why education is one of National's core investment priorities, and why I am proud to be directly involved in our policy as the Associate Spokesperson for Education. We have outlined a range of ideas from ECEs, to primary, intermediate and secondary schools,  all the way through to tertiary and vocational education pathways, and we want your feedback at www.national.org.nz/education.


National has long been the Party of Law and Order, and our discussion document in this area puts victims at the heart of the justice system. We believe in a simple philosophy - victims should get justice, criminals should be held accountable for the harm they cause, and offenders should be rehabilitated so they can become contributing members of our society. We are committed to making New Zealand safer and have outlined proposals that will achieve this. We want your feedback on this important issue too, at www.national.org.nz/law_and_order.


Howick Santa Parade

Finally, the Howick Santa Parade is this year taking place on Sunday 8 December in the Howick Village. The fun starts at 11:00am with free entertainment around the Village, while the parade itself will begin at 2:30pm.


The main stage for the day will be outside the Good Home Pub in the centre of the Village, with fashion shows, dance troupes, clown and magic shows, and much more! The top of Uxbridge Road will feature the "Give it a Go!" area where our local sports clubs will offer children and adults alike the chance to try something new and win prizes donated by local businesses. Moore Street will also be closed in order to feature a range of fun activities like mechanical pony rides, a hot rod show, and live music.

There will be a range of parking and traffic measures in place, including partial closures of Picton Street, Uxbridge Road, Wellington Street, Fencible Drive, and Moore Street. If you're planning to come along please take a look at the official website at the following link to make sure you're aware of everything you need to know: www.howicksantaparade.co.nz. Otherwise I have included a map of the parade route below and I look forward to seeing you there!


As always, please feel free to get in touch about any issues you may need assistance with, or concerns you want to bring to my attention - I am always happy to help.

Thank you for your ongoing support, and I hope to see you soon.


Kind regards,

Simeon Brown
Member of Parliament for Pakuranga

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