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Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: I love the moderate climate, the streams, the cycleways, Papamoa Hills Regional Park, TECT Park, the employment opportunities, and access to some of the best shopping and beaches in NZ.
I love swimming in the ocean and rivers on hot days in the summertime. Favourite spots are Whataroa Falls at Otanewainuku, Raparapahoe Falls and Mount/Papamoa beaches.
Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Car/Go kart racing and fixing/restoring old cars.
Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Whataroa Falls
GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU
Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: 1. Unfinished business. I would like to see the District Plan review through to its conclusion. It influences the development direction for the next 10 years. Council has also initiated some exciting housing plans that I would love to support.
2. I’m keen to improve our communities and make our place even more desirable as a place to live, work & play, and as a destination for visitors.
Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: 1. Two terms Te Puke Community Board Member,
2. Two terms Ward Councillor;
3. Good knowledge of our different communities needs and aspirations,
4. RMA Commissioner,
5. University-qualified Mechanical Engineer,
6. Lived and worked in Te Puke for 20 years,
7. 14years volunteering in local community groups.
WHERE DO YOU STAND ON SOME OF THE BIG ISSUES?
Q: What do you think success looks like when it comes to effective partnership with tangata whenua?
A: Hui, listen, two-way korero, respect. Acceptance and acknowledgement of Maori world view and unique status as Treaty partner. Strong, thriving, self-determined Iwi and Hapu.
Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Improve Council infrastructure resilience to coastal erosion, drought, flood, and landslip. Resilience planning for at risk communities. Work with residents in vulnerable properties to prepare for inevitable effects. Tighter rules on building/consenting for at-risk properties.
Support by way of advice, expertise and planning for protection initiatives and potential managed retreat. Disaster assistance and mitigation.
Q: The Western Bay is growing and Council needs to plan to manage that growth and development. What would be your focus when responding to growth and planning for the future?
A: Growth means more people want to live in our district, developers are building more houses, Employers need more workers.
Our focus needs to be on ensuring that houses are built in appropriate places, support services and necessary infrastructure, whether it’s pipes in the ground, roads, or reserves, are provided in the right place at the right time.
District rules and regulations are in place so business and industry are operating in a sustainable manner and not adversely impacting the environment.
Q: What role do you think Council can play in supporting the future of our rangatahi (young people)? How might you go about ensuring their views are heard?
A: Council’s role as a service provider and place-maker and place-shaper is deep-rooted and far-reaching for our residents of all ages and demographics. Young people are our future ratepayers and users/beneficiaries of services.
Supporting their future comes in many forms. Ensuring they are housed in warm, dry houses; good employment pathways and prospects with Western Bay seen as a viable, welcoming place to operate a business; supportive of education providers based here; providing attractive recreation playgrounds, reserves and sports facilities that give people options to exercise and play sports.
Council engagement and consultation processes have improved considerably over recent years, embracing social media alongside traditional media. However, more could be done to seek young people’s views. Establish representative stakeholder groups at different age levels – E.g. High School, tertiary students, new entrants to the workforce. Possibly establish a shadow Youth Council. Run some of the routine consultation through these groups. E.g. Annual and Long Term Plans, Bylaw, Policy and Reserve Management Plan Reviews.