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Arts in Christchurch are an important part of our community and our economy, and August has plenty on offer for you to take part in.

The Christchurch Arts Festival, under a new team led by Creative Director George Parker and CEO Clare Wilkinson, released a programme for a variety of audiences - including dance, concerts, exhibits and other events. I hope you got the chance to enjoy some of the festival and see the amazing acts and enjoy the many fantastic venues across the city.

Growing the arts has always been an area of interest for me. I love the creativity, the stories, and how it inspires people. As the National Party’s spokesperson for Arts, Culture and Heritage I have had the opportunity to learn more about these different fields and listen to the challenges they face. I am keen to find ways we can grow and support this sector – one which employs over 130,000 New Zealanders and contributes around $17billion to our GDP each year.

In July I launched my Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector Survey to hear more about the projects, challenges and opportunities practitioners, organisations and industry bodies are working on. I hope to be able to use this to guide how the National Party writes our 2020 Arts, Culture and Heritage Policy.

If you would like to know more or complete the survey, visit www.nickywagner.co.nz to complete it online. Hard copies are available on request from my St Albans office.

As always, if there is anything I can do to help please do not hesitate to contact my St Albans office on 03 365 8297 or at chch.office@parliament.govt.nz.

Best wishes,

Nicky

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