Tuesday June 13 2017
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MUSIC: Independent Schools of New Zealand Board chairwoman Heather McRae (left), with Janet Kingsbury and Sandra Hastie at the awards ceremony.
Rangi’s ‘Mozart’ gets award A RANGI Ruru Girls’ School teacher has received an award for her outstanding contribution to music. Director of music Janet Kingsbury received the honours award from Independent Schools of New Zealand. She joined Rangi Ruru 14 years ago. Then, following the September 4, 2010, earthquake, she volunteered hundreds of hours to work closely with the campus design team to ensure the music department was successfully rebuilt. At the Independent Schools of New Zealand conference, principal Sandra Hastie said Mrs Kingsbury is an exceptional
music teacher and leader who goes above and beyond what is expected. “Music is a flagship of Rangi Ruru and is revered both within the school and throughout the music community, both locally and around the country.” During a recent performance review, one of her students said: “Apart from Mozart, no one knows more about music than Mrs K.” Dr Hastie said the school is incredibly fortunate to have Mrs Kingsbury as part of the team. She was thrilled that her dedication, talent and hard work had been recognised with this award.
Fendalton pupils learn how the settlers lived Jayden White, Kellan Faulkner and Connie Zhou (above) were among the year 1, 2 and 3 pupils from Fendalton Open Air School who visited Canterbury Museum last week. They learnt about the early settlers and how they lived, worked and played. Ethan Wong (right) and Paige Layton found out what it felt like to wear Victorian clothes, which the children of colonists would have worn.
Tomorrow I will be celebrating the contribution made by the women of Waimakariri electorate to the community and professional sectors at a working luncheon with Hon Amy Adams. I am hosting this event to celebrate the hard work of our local women and to provide an opportunity for them to hear about the personal journeys other women have travelled towards turning their vision into a life path. The luncheon is an opportunity to network, make connections and be inspired by the experiences of others.
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I enjoyed great feedback from my Keeping Connected Evening Meetings held last month to be more accessible outside business hours. Transport and roading were topics raised frequently. Thank you to all who attended.
Budget 17 delivered good news for families who will welcome adjustments to tax thresholds, increased Working for Families and assistance with housing costs. The $2 billion package delivers comprehensive support for families that is underlined by our strong economy and wage growth, and reinforces our commitment to supporting our families to get ahead. The return of cruise ships to Lyttelton will benefit local tourism operators. I advocated for our operators whose businesses were affected when the port couldn’t berth cruise ships after the 2011 earthquake, meeting with the Port company, Christchurch City Council and Canterbury Tourism. The return of these liners is going to mean some of our local people can stay in business.