Sarah's Southland Scoop - March 2016

Invercargill news
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Healthy Nature Healthy People
I invite you to join me on my M.A.D. (Mud, Adventure, Discovery) Day Out next month.The event is being held to officially launch Healthy Nature Healthy People in Invercargill, a collaboration between myself, Healthy Families Invercargill and the Department of Conservation. Healthy Nature Healthy People is a brand used globally to promote the link between the health of ecosystems and the health of people. People who have a great time in nature will gain from it and are more likely to get involved in looking after it. My M.A.D (Mud, Adventure, Discovery) Day Out will be held on Saturday 2 April at Daffodil Bay, Sandy Point, Otatara. Hope to see you there!

South City Constituent Clinics
This year, I have started my new South City Constituent Clinics. On the third Monday of every month between 11am and 12pm I will be hosting clinics at The Hub, South Alive, South City Mall. Anyone with a concern, query, or issue, or who simply wants to pop in to say hello can turn up or contact my office to arrange a specific time. I look forward to meeting with you!

Immigration New Zealand Seminar for Employers
On Wednesday 23 March I will be hosting an Immigration New Zealand seminar on regional policy changes for key stakeholders in the region, HR managers, and employers. Some of the topics will include: The move to online processing; the increase in skilled migrant points from 10 to 30 if committing to a region outside of Auckland for one year; entrepreneurs setting up businesses outside Auckland will also double their points from 20 to 40; and a limited number of long-term migrants on temporary visas in the South Island will be provided with a pathway to residency.
Does your business employ migrant workers or will look to do so in the future? If so, I invite you to this meeting. Registrations are essential. Please contact my office by email sarah.dowiemp@parliament.govt.nz or call 03 218 6813 by Friday 18 March 2016. The meeting will be held at the Ascot Park Hotel at 1pm.

Southern Institute of Technology Orientation Week
It was my honour to attend the Southern Institute of Technology’s Orientation Week to welcome new and returning students. I am encouraging students who have shifted their lives south to get involved in the community and take advantage of what our beautiful region has to offer while completing their studies at SIT. With an SIT education everything is a possibility with a vision, a desire and hard work. I hope the students and tutors have a wonderful and successful year!

Fonterra Expansion
Last week I attended the official opening of three new plants at Fonterra in Edendale. The new Reserve Osmosis, Anhydrous Milk Fat, and Milk Protein Concentrate plants have played an important role in supporting the company to process a record amount of value added products over this season’s peak. More than 1000 people were involved in the project and the event acknowledged their huge achievement.

Southern Dairy Hub
I am so pleased a site has been found for the Southern Dairy Hub! This is such an important milestone. The Southern Dairy Hub is a collaborative project being developed by AgResearch, DairyNZ, and the Southern Dairy Development Trust with a proposed cost of $26.5 million to build. More than $1.3 million has been pledged by local southern farmers. The completed Hub will allow for dairy farmer-led and local issues to be researched on southern soils in southern conditions.

In your Shoes workshops
The Southern District Health Board is asking patients and whānau to share their experiences of its care to help improve services. In March the SDHB will be hosting several workshops for patients to tell them what it’s like to be in their shoes. There is also a patient survey currently open.

The workshops will be held:
Monday 7 March, 12.30pm – 2.30pm, Dunedin
Monday 7 March, 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Dunedin
Tuesday 8 March, 11.30am – 1.30pm, Dunedin
Wednesday, 9 March, 11.30am – 1.30pm, Invercargill
Thursday 10 March, 11.30am – 1.30pm, Alexandra

Patients can register for a workshop, and complete the survey, on its website: www.southerndhb.govt.nz, by phoning 0800 214 579, or by emailing listening@southerndhb.govt.nz.