My principal place of residence is in the Kaitake-Ngāmotu General Ward area.
Personally, so much has been learnt as the council and community have navigated an incredibly difficult time over the past three years. It would be a privilege to take what I have learned and apply it to another term on Council.
The challenges ahead will need pragmatic, clear thinking. Three Waters, Local Government and RMA reform will be three of the main issues council face. These reforms will have an effect on how local Government will function in the future. Be assured that protecting local democracy and community voice will be at the forefront of any of my decision making.
I will unashamedly advocate for progress, championing projects such as the Tuparakino Active Community Hub and the Ngamotu Precinct.
Balancing these aspirational projects with measured growth, while continuing to improve infrastructure, partnerships and community needs will be a challenge I look forward to if I am re-elected.
Yes. Reliable infrastructure is the Council’s priority. This requires investment. Balancing infrastructure work with the need to create economic and social benefits for our district was signed off by myself and 11 other councillors in the last LTP. I am confident we made the right decision for our community.
No. I do not support Reform in its current form. There are fundamental things about Three (or two) Waters Reform that make sense. However, the Government has not listened to the people. The fear is that community voice will continue to be drowned out while local needs will not be met.
No. The council’s recent Emissions Reduction Plan addresses this issue. The officers have put together a strategy that will achieve net carbon zero by 2050. Personally, any strategy the council chooses must be measured. Leaving NO ONE behind in the race to the panacea is my first priority.
Yes. We need to do everything we can to support local business. Growth stimulates growth. By advocating for large scale investment and projects council is signalling to the business community that they support and advocate for them. Local procurement, and advocacy within the CBD is a priority.
I along with 12 other councillors voted for a Maori ward when it was put in front of council. Creating meaningful partnerships and acknowledging the Te Tiriti are fundamental to the decision making process of councils across Aotearoa. Maori wards put Maori at the decision making table. Bring it on.
In the current long term plan, Council have committed $30 million to Urenui and Onero wastewater projects, $20 million to Waitara Stormwater and we have recently completed $15 million worth of work in Inglewood to create a more robust storm water management system. Happy to listen to ideas.
A project close to my heart. Council has committed $40 million to this development. The reality is, this commitment may not be enough. A national phenomenon! Funding from alternative sources is essential. The leaders of this project have an important job to keep costs to ratepayers as low as possible.
To put the community first. Continue to drive the council to make prudent yet courageous decisions, so we can continue to make the district a place where my girls don’t want to leave or want to come back to once they have done their stuff!