For the next 100 days southlandtimes.co.nz will follow newly elected Invercargill City Councillor Rebecca Amundsen.
She's not an unfamiliar face to people who live in Glengarry, or those who voted for her.
She's a mother, a landlord, a project leader and now a city councillor.
But this isn't just our project, it's yours too.
Get involved by posting comments, asking questions and answering polls each week as we follow Rebecca's first days in office.
Each week Rebecca will also write about her council musings.
Well I feel like I have fallen off the radar a bit this last week as I attend council meetings and catch up on work that I need to do before Christmas.
This has certainly been a neglect-the-family-week having only cooked tea...um not at all!
I did make time to get my youngest son measured up for a suit to wear to his leavers dinner for primary school. He is so excited about wearing a bow tie and hat.
Inevitably some of the business comes from council related things and the fact that I am trying to get a good grasp of how things work.
I have attended all of the committee meetings even though I don't belong to all of the committees and have even made it to the Venture Southland meeting this week.
One thing I am not used to is having lots of people come up and introduce themselves to me and I think I will have to make a bigger effort to make sure I initiate the introductions sometimes.
I have also helped out at the Hospice raffle selling at the Warehouse as I belong to Invercargill North Rotary Club who run this raffle every year.
I have been surprised at how many people recognise me and mention that they are following me on here which is very exciting!
One of the great privileges of the last week was being invited to mc the Idea Services Art Competition.
These community initiatives are what help make Invercargill a great place to live.
I also went along to Deow's art exhibition at the Pall Mall Arcade.
This was another great initiative that appealed to a wide range of people interested in the arts. I even bought my first art work.
I've also been to Christchurch for a Local Government course on financial governance.
I stayed up way too late catching up with my sister who I stayed with, and am now at Robert Harris finishing this off before heading down to the workshop.
I felt it was important for me to attend this course so I have a solid foundation of knowledge and information on how local government financial governance works to build on as I head into the next three years of work as a city councillor.
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