Rotorua Weekender: A new office; with the same warm welcome

Friday, June 26, 2015

As your MP, being part of the community that I represent is as important to me as being available to all constituents. Through visits to schools and community groups, to attending events or visiting people in their workplace thousands of locals tell me each year about the things that are important to them.

Having an accessible electorate office is also a big part of this. An MP must be available to the public to better represent the views of an electorate in Wellington. At the beginning of this month, my two Rotorua based staff Tracey Curreen, Rosemary Newbrook, and I moved offices.

We’re now located on the corner of Amohau and Ranolf Streets opposite Spotlight and just along from KFC in the CBD area. The new office is bigger; it has better parking and is more accessible. Our office has become very busy over the years with constituents visiting for assistance with a wide variety of issues. We are open Monday to Friday every week from 9am to 4pm.

I hold regular clinics on Fridays where members of the public can make an appointment to meet with me or one of my staff. We also hold clinics on Saturdays when needed to assist people who work during the week and time permitting make house calls to talk with people who can’t always travel into town.

I have an open door policy, if there’s an issue that you want to raise with us or you have concerns that we might help with call in or call to make an appointment or talk on the phone. Where we can help, we always will.

This new office has a generously sized meeting room and a number of smaller rooms for private meetings. People often tell me that for clubs and community groups it can be difficult to find a good place to meet. For this reason we are happy to make our facilities available to these groups free of charge.  If you need space to hold meetings or events, call in and talk with Tracy or Rosemary – we may have space works for you.

If you would like to meet me or have an issue that you would like to bring to my attention, please get in touch on 07 348 5871 or email