First visit to Awhitu for Deputy Speaker

Hon. Chester Borrows, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, was treated to the spectacular sights of the Awhitu Peninsula last week.

This was the first time Mr Borrows had visited the area, and MP for Hunua, Andrew Bayly, was able to take him on a tour to the Lighthouse and the Awhitu Landcare Nursery on Tuesday 18 April.

After speaking to the Waiuku Lions Club about his background, which includes being a former Police officer in Huia, Mr Borrows confirmed that he was retiring at the end of the year as Deputy Speaker of Parliament.

From here, Mr Borrows and Mr Bayly caught up with Anna White at the Awhitu Landcare Nursery in Matakawau, which produces over 20,000 native plants per year. Some of which has ended up at a special planting area at the Lighthouse.

Mr Borrows was able to speak with Evan and Carol McGregor, who run the signal station, and see the area where the proposed tourist track that the Ports of Auckland are looking to develop.

Bruce Russell was also at the Awhitu Lighthouse during the visit.

“Bruce was instrumental in the rebuild of the lighthouse as project chair, and Chester Borrows was very interested in hearing about the process and to see the lighthouse as it stands now,” Andrew Bayly.

“It was a real treat to be able to take the Hon. Borrows for his first visit to the Awhitu Peninsula. I am sure he will be back again.”

Anna White from Awhitu Landcare, MP for Hunua Andrew Bayly, and Hon. Chester Borrows at the Landcare Nursery in Matakawau.

MP for Hunua, Andrew Bayly, Bruce Russell and Hon. Chester Burrows, at the Awhitu Lighthouse last week.