Pegasus Post: August 06, 2019

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4 Tuesday August 6 2019

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MP settles into new

electorate office

• By Matt Slaughter

LABOUR MP Poto Williams’

new electorate office in

Linwood will officially open

next week.

In spite of Ms Williams

moving from her old

headquarters in

New Brighton a few

weeks ago, she said

an opening event on

August 16 would mark

the completion of the

move.

The office on

level one of Eastgate

Mall sits outside the

Christchurch East

electorate, which Ms

Williams serves and is instead

in the Port Hills electorate.

But Ms Williams said

Christchurch East will continue

to be her main priority and

she hopes Eastgate Mall will

become part of this area when

the electorate boundaries are

reviewed next year.

To New Brighton and other

east Christchurch residents

who are concerned their communities

could suffer because

of her move, Ms Williams

said: “I can understand people

are concerned that not having

a physical presence there

means that my attention is not

there, but that’s not the case, I

mean that is my home patch,

so I’m very, very engaged in

what’s happening there.”

Ms Williams said the

reasons for moving

from her New

Brighton office were

that it was not as

accessible by bus as

it used to be and the

Eastgate office was

near a number of

social service providers,

such as the

Linwood Medical

Poto Williams Centre and Linwood

Library and Service

Centre. “Part of the thinking

was, really, when we get people

who come in who have got

concerns that we can’t necessarily

deal with, we’re able

to hand them over to other

people straight away.”

She said the new office was

also surrounded by much

more economic activity than

the New Brighton office was.

“We think that

Christchurch East deserves

to have some other economic

drivers within its boundaries.”

Bid to stop boy racers hits a wall

•From page 1

Cr Livingstone was disappointed

with the decision, saying residents

opinions should be given more

weight.

“They [city council staff] do

admit that there’s an issue, they do

take what we say at face value, but

they haven’t got the data to support

it. I’ve gone to the board and said,

well, we need a way to capture

residents’ information, which can

also be admitted as data. It may

not be as measurable as staff would

like it, but it’s still data.”

Cr Livingstone said city

council staff will come back to

the board with a response on how

Couple have long list of achievements

•From page 1

They were married three years

later at St Andrew’s Presbyterian

Church, which was then located

beside Christchurch Hospital.

Betty said the secret to a long

life and happy marriage is “all

in the mind – you’ve got to be

positive about these things.”

This mindset has seen them

rack up a long list of achievements

and overcome adversity.

The couple have lived in east

Christchurch for about 50 years.

They have raised two sons,

Martin and Grant, and have

residents’ information can be

included in the decision-making

process more often.

Said Mr Osborne: “Staff

will continue to consider all

available information, including

the personal experiences and

wishes of the community, when

investigating and reporting on

requests for service.”

Cr Livingstone said this had

not happened with his request for

speed bumps, even though boy

racers continue to be a concern for

Avondale residents. He said things

need to change. “In the meantime,

residents feel frustrated because

there’s a real problem,” he said.

six grandchildren and 12 greatgrandchildren.

When you add to the mix

John’s sporting exploits as a

New Zealand hockey player,

Canterbury cricketer and

talented golfer, and Betty’s as a

representative netballer, it’s clear

the couple have had a lot to be

thankful for.

However, among the highs,

there have also been lows, with

John going through bone marrow

cancer 20 years ago and the couple

losing their home in Bexley after

the earthquakes.

BURNOUTS: Speed bumps

will not be installed in

Avondale at this stage.

PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

But John said neither he nor

Betty had let these challenges get

the better of them.

“You can only be positive.

You’ve got to turn around and say

well, ‘this is not going to beat me’

. . . it’s determination,” he said.

“Life’s a thing that when

you’ve got to go, you’ve got to

go, and that’s going to happen

and nothing’s going to stop it, so

you’ve got to enjoy yourself before

it happens.”

John and Betty celebrated their

90th birthdays surrounded by

family.

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