I want to start by thanking you all for your support over the years. It was very special to read all your congratulatory messages following my appointment as Minister of Police and Minister of Corrections.
I was sworn in to Cabinet on 14 December last year and it is great to be back. The Police and Corrections portfolios are busy and very rewarding and I am thoroughly enjoying working with the hard working Police and Corrections staff. The work they do is vital in helping to keep our communities and families safe. Equally important to me is being in the position to serve you, my constituents; I will continue to represent Papakura proudly as your Member of Parliament.
The National Government is committed to improving education for our children. In August 2014 Education Minister Hekia Parata announced $350 million over four years to ensure that Auckland Schools and Early Childhood Centres can keep up with the demand of our growing population and continue to deliver great results for students. Getting a good education from the start greatly improves the outcomes for children in later life. It is great to see the improvements to our education infrastructure and to the quality of education being delivered in Papakura. Latest projections are showing that students are set to surpass the challenging educational targets that have been set.
It is also wonderful to see Maori and Pasifika achievement rates tracking upwards. We have a busy year ahead, and as always I am confident that it will be productive. Since November last year I have attended a number of great events in the electorate. These included the Opaheke School Gala day, the blessing of the ground where the new Holy Trinity Catholic School will be built, the sod turning for the new Kauri Flats School in Takinini and, the announcement of the $10million redevelopment of Redhill Primary School alongside Associate Education Minister Hon Nikki Kaye.
I also had the pleasure of attending the opening of two early Childhood Centres. One was The Gardens Early Childhood Centre in Alfriston and the other was the Early Learning Discoveries Educare Centre on the corner of Clevedon Road and Prictor Streets.
Judith Collins | MP for Papakura