Collins' Comments: 1 March 2017

Collins' Comments
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Christchurch Fires

I would like to start by passing on my sympathies to all those affected by the devastating fires around Christchurch’s Port Hills. The tragic loss of helicopter pilot Steven Askin and then nine homes is a cruel blow to a city still recovering from the Canterbury Earthquakes that started in September 2010.

I want to acknowledge the skill and hard work of firefighters and first responders who worked tirelessly to contain the fires. The states of emergency declared in the Selwyn District and Christchurch City continue as fire agencies monitor the 2075 hectares that were burned for hot spots and flare-ups.

The Government is committed to providing whatever resources are needed to assist the local response and support the front-line crews who did an outstanding job as they worked to contain the fire and protect public and private property in difficult conditions.

Minister of Civil Defence Gerry Brownlee has investigated the response to the fires and is prepared to have the Civil Defence Emergency Management Amendment Act 2016 reviewed again to reflect what has been learnt during this event.

Fuel Market review

As you may know, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is undertaking a review of petrol and diesel prices. Recent information has shown big differences in the prices people pay depending on where in the country they are buying fuel.

Last week I released the Terms of Reference for the study which can be found here.

Papakura Community Crimewatch Patrol

Papakura Community Crime Watch Patrol is looking for more volunteers to help keep our community safe. These volunteers work with the New Zealand Police and provide valuable information while patrolling our streets in the evenings.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact organiser Glenn Torrens on 021 0754 796 or connect with them on Facebook.

They have several membership information days scheduled:

  • 11th March at New World Papakura from 10 am-2 pm  
  • 25th March at Bunnings Takanini from 10 am-2 pm
  • 4th April at Countdown 228 Great South Road Takanini from 10 am-12 noon.

The Papakura Community Crimewatch patrol also provides a free Safe Plates service securing number plates on vehicles so that they cannot be stolen.  This service will be available in Papakura at Countdown Averill Street, on Friday 17 March between 10am and 2pm and in Takanini at Countdown Takanini, 228 Great South Road, on 29 April 2017 from 10am-2pm.