The past two weeks have been testing for our region with the flooding in the Whanganui and Rangitikei districts.
While the worst is over for many, for those who have flooded houses and damaged farms there is still much to be done.
Much of the damage to farms will take a while to repair as the cold wet of winter will hinder repairs to farm tracks and areas that have silt deposits in particular. A lot of fencing repairs will be very temporary, at least until the slips stabilise and the sun comes out.
Recently, Sue and I attended the Master Builders Manawatu House of the Year Awards event at Awapuni, where a great array of skills were on display. A number of the judging classes were won by Fowler Homes, who produced some outstanding work and very attractive houses.
However, the outstanding feature for us was the house that was awarded the Manawatu House of the Year Supreme Winner and is owned by Jason and Nicole Fleming of Rongotea. It was built for them by Arnott and Arnott, namely Dennis and Craig, whose families have been building houses in the Rongotea/ Manawatu area and beyond for generations. This is a great result for a small family business in a very competitive market place.
We also attended the annual meeting of the Rangitikei branch of the Justices of the Peace Association, which was held in Marton. It was very well attended by members and it was great to be able to acknowledge the community work these very dedicated and capable people carry out.
The two-week recess from Parliament, which coincided with the school holidays, has given me a chance to catch up with the mayors of the Rangitikei Electorate: Grant Smith from Palmerston North, Margaret Korvelis for Manawatu, Andy Watson in Rangitikei, Don Cameron of Ruapehu and Brendon Duffy in Horowhenua.