News and updates
Hi, I'm Nicky Wagner, and I'm the MP for Christchurch Central. Christchurch is a great city despite the earthquakes. We have a strong sense of community and are absolutely focussed on rebuilding our homes and neighbourhoods and creating a safe, more sustainable and people friendly city for the 21st century.
BORN HERE, WORKS HERE, LIVES HERE.
I have lived here all my life and have brought my family up in Christchurch Central and my wish is that everyone has the opportunity to get ahead as we rebuild. This means support and encouragement for families, good quality education, and rewarding New Zealanders for working hard. There is no need for our skilled and educated young people or any other Kiwi to feel the need to move to Australia to have a decent life.
I am always keen to hear from people either individually or in a group. Christchurch has been my home all my life and I love the city. I want to make sure that it remains a great place to live for a good long time, for my children, and even my future grandchildren.
From my blog
The recent launch of Community in Mind, a strategy for rebuilding health and wellbeing in Greater Christchurch. speech and video link here
The trams are back... pics here.
Read about my visit to the Youth Alive Trust in New Brighton here.
Fantastic news about investment in Christchurch Schools today - read about it here.
Touring the city with the Japanese Ambassador read more here
The new Justice & Emergency precinct unveilled today - read more on my blog here
UN International Day for Disaster Reduction - Sunday 13th focusing on disabilities. Read more here and join in!!
Nature's Playstation - great place - read more here
I'm looking forward to seeing more people living in the central city - read more here under NEWS
Great news - the opening of the new Novotel in Cathedral Square today - read more and see the pics. here
StarJam in Christchurch for the first time - see the amazing performers...here
The Chrischurch Arts Festival is on now ... read my views on the first few days here.
Today's official opening of Watermark read here
Our Christchurch Central Youth Parliamentarian Jack Stringer.
Congatulations to Science Alive! International recognition which is great news for a great team.
July 2013 Cathedral Square re-opening with fun and art.
July 2013 The Registry Building reopens - read about it here - also a timeline for the rebuild of the other Arts Centre buildings.
It was a pleasure to welcome new Housing Minister Nick Smith to Christchurch on Friday and visit one of Housing New Zealand’s earthquake-damage rapid repair projects currently underway in Mairehau. Read more
Christchurch Community House opens new premises with a donated painting.
Minister Joyce opening Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub
Great EPIC opening of Enterprise & Innovation Hub - read more
White Paper for Vulnerable Children Meeting
C1 Expresso Official reopening what a wonderful story
I helped the Rotary Clubs of Christchurch plant thousands of flowers around the city to bring back colour and vibrancy (see pics here)
Current Parliament Responsibilities:
- Parliamentary Private Secretary for Conservation
- Parliamentary Private Secretary for Earthquake Recovery
- Chairperson, Local Govt & Environment Select Committee
- Member, Maori Affairs Select Committee
- Chair Arts, Culture and Heritage Caucus Select Committee
- Chair BlueGreens Caucus Committee
- Member of the Ethnic Affairs Committee
- Member Economic & Commerce Caucus Committee
- Member Law & Order Caucus Committee
Nicky was born and educated in Christchurch and has lived and worked in Christchurch Central all her adult life.
After leaving school Nicky trained as a secondary school teacher and taught at Hagley High School and Hornby High School before taking up a position at the Christchurch Polytechnic.
She then turned her hand to business and in 1991 was a foundation partner in a nationwide marketing company which specialised in promoting New Zealand fashion designers and their product. This was the beginning of a series of businesses which included retailing, manufacturing, and distribution. In 1998, she established an internet and e-commerce business specializing in on-line marketing and the development of industry clusters.
In 2002 Nicky was selected as the Candidate for Christchurch Central, and again in 2005 when she was elected as a List MP.
In 2011 she was elected as the Electorate MP on a recount after an Election Night draw.
Nicky has always been involved in the local community and served on numerous trusts and boards. She has worked extensively with business organisations, in education an elected Environment Canterbury Regional Councillor - serving as Chair of the Finance and Audit Commitee for 2 years and the Transport (busses) Committee for 2 years.
She enjoys going to the gym, and spending time with her husband David and two grown up sons.
I believe that for New Zealanders to have a healthy and happy future we must have:
A strong economy - that is innovative, creative, and sustainable. A strong economy creates real opportunities and allows us to care for our people and our environment. You can't have world class health, education or superannuation schemes unless you have a world class economy.
Excellence in education and training - is the key to developing the skills and knowledge of our people ensuring the successful future of the whole country.
A clean green environment - clean water, clear air, and the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors are the birthright of all New Zealanders.
Safety and security - within our homes, our communities and our country. We need good policing, a firm control of crime, and a well trained defence force.
Opportunities for all - Fair, equitable treatment for all New Zealanders. Equal opportunities regardless of race, creed or gender. We must address Treaty issues in a timely and effective manner.
I would love to hear your views, you can contact me by phone 03 365 8297 or by email
Nicky Wagner MP with Prime Minister John Key