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Jo Goodhew MP for Rangitata DIARY

Tue 20 - Thur 22 June
Caucus, Select Committee & House Duties (Wgtn)
Fri 23 - Sun 25 June
NZ National Party Conference (Wgtn)
Mon 26 June
Electorate work & Meetings (Ash)
Tue 27 - Thur 29 June
Caucus, Select Committee & House Duties (Wgtn)

Bolster for Police

One of the idiosyncrasies about the way policies with new funding are announced by Governments, is that it is done in 4-year chunks.
Earlier this year the National-led Government announced an extra 1125 staff to bolster the work done by the Police. 880 of the new roles will be sworn Police officers. At that stage we knew 70 of the new jobs would be in Canterbury, over the four years.
I have been asked about be the impact for the Mid and South Canterbury policing district, within Canterbury and can now respond regarding the first year.
The District Commander gets to make the decision and has singled out particular expertise to meet demand and crime patterns. The additional officer in the first year will focus on child protection, adult sexual assault and other serious crime.
The Safer Communities package is $503 million across the four years. District Commanders will make decisions about additional staff each year.
Just this week the Government has announced a new round of regional tourism facility funding and Ashburton District has been successful. Steeply rising visitor numbers to Ashburton lakes will see toilet facilities funded and built at Lake Camp with a grant of $105,000. This round has 28 successful projects funded across the country to the value of $5.2 million.
Currently the ADC has to use portaloos in the peak summer months. The project will enhance visitor experience for local day-trippers and international visitors alike.

I was really heartened to read the drink driving charge statistics earlier this week.
A number of factors have played a role in the halving in the charges per year since 2009. Latest drink driving offence figures show the number of people charged in 2016 was 16,304. Back in 2009 this figure was 31,933. Each year the number has come down.
A couple of years ago a Mid Canterbury constituent came to see me to urge mandatory alcohol interlocks for repeat drink drivers. This has been implemented and research shows it reduces the reoffending rate by 60 percent.
Unfortunately alcohol is still a major factor in fatal car crashes. Research shows that at the current legal limit (250 micrograms), you are still twice as likely to have a crash as someone with no alcohol in their system.
The news on this front is promising, even if there are still far too many people being charged with drink driving offences.


Jo Goodhew MP for Rangitata
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