My principal place of residence is in the Inglewood Community Board area.
We have raised our children here in rural Inglewood and want to keep it a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
I have 20 years' experience in financial management, technology and leadership roles across government and the not-for-profit sector, the last 11 years for national charitable organisations - and more recently leadership mentoring and strengthening governance for community organisations in Taranaki.
My top priority will be listen, understand and advocate for you as part of the Inglewood community.
I value strong Inglewood business and farming communities, safer better roads and walkways, and well-resourced local health and disability services.
I will advocate to preserve local democracy, and support initiatives that build community and individual resilience to see us through difficult times.
Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka, ora ai te iwi - With your food basket and my food basket, the people will thrive.
No. With the cost-of-living crisis, rates increases should be minimised, with targeted relief for people most affected, like the Back on Our Feet initiative during Covid. Work will be required to increase efficiency and identify which costs can be avoided without impacting on the community’s highest priorities.
No. I oppose the proposed governance model because it lacks local accountability, transparency and performance as identified in the Auditor-General’s report. This will translate to higher costs, which will affect lower and middle-income residents the most. I believe ownership, control and accountability should remain local.
Yes. Including more local resources and education for zero waste, making recycling more local, accessible and affordable (Inglewood landfill options), supporting kai resilience programmes, local farming, local production and distribution networks that reduce carbon footprint while maintaining food security, and supporting local businesses to navigate new environmental and climate initiative requirements.
Yes. This should include local community groups, as well. Taranaki has a strong foundation with Venture Taranaki and community groups that NPDC partners with like The Wheelhouse and Zeal, and I would like to see continual growth in NPDC community and business support and strategic initiatives, especially for businesses and organisations in Inglewood and the smaller communities.
I support representation and meaningful participation for Māori. If Māori wards are the only way to achieve this then I support them. We should also be increasing community-level engagement for Māori. Changes to local democratic process should be decided by the community, with focus on removing barriers to meaningful engagement.
I believe NPDC have been very supportive of Inglewood Community Board, and it is important that they continue to help communities engage fully in decision making from a local community and even neighbourhood perspective.
I support the Tūparikino Active Community Hub (Multisport Hub). Strong financial management will be key to keeping costs to agreed funding levels, ensuring effective delivery and ensuring that the resources allocated to this project do not blow out and negatively impact on Inglewood and other smaller communities for their top priorities.
Overall: Increasing awareness of and engagement with Inglewood Community Board planning processes.
Growth: Attracting residential development, businesses, events and tourism to Inglewood
Sustainability: Zero waste resources, local Inglewood recycling options
Resilience: Support local food resilience, sustainable local food production and distribution
Safety: Fixing Inglewood roading especially SH3/3A condition, linked intersections, Inglewood CBD