I helped celebrate Auckland Pride, with Louisa Wall, by speaking at the unveiling of ANZ Ponsonby’s GAYTM and the colourful wrap of their branch to celebrate the Festival.
Earlier in February I spent time at the NRL Auckland Nines – it was a fantastic event for the city and league fans. Congratulations to NZ Warriors for playing so well and making New Zealand proud.
There were lots of great people supporting the LGBTI community at the launch of the Auckland Pride Festival, including Louise Wall and David Seymour. Thanks to Westpac NZ for hosting the launch.
I recently met with the CRL project team and had a virtual look at the new Aotea Station. We also talked through the potential thinking around stages of the project. It was great to meet more of the smart team working on the CRL, which will transform Auckland’s CBD.
I recently opened SeePort 2016 with the Ports of Auckland. This event is about the ensuring the Port is more accessible, and that more Aucklanders have the opportunity to see what happens behind the red fence.
I was with the PM, and Hon Steven Joyce, at the announcement that the CRL will be fast-tracked for Auckland.
While this project is about better rail connections, with Auckland growing by a predicted 700,000 people over the next 30 years, we need to ensure that our public transport system, whether it be rail, buses, ferries, walkways or cycleways, are able to accommodate that growth. It’s also about creating jobs and giving certainty to Auckland business, which is great news for the future of our city.
I recently spoke at the opening of Federal Street Festival, and acknowledged Sky City’s 20th birthday. It was nice to meet and chat to one of the 65 staff members who have been there from day one. The restaurants in Federal Street have won a number of awards, and the festival was humming.
Parris Goebel gave a great speech at the Prime Minister’s Youth awards. The PM set up the awards to recognise young people who have overcome significant challenges
I love that Parris has continued to support young Kiwis that come through her dance studio in Penrose. She is a superstar from South Auckland, who works hard, has a big heart and huge talent.