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mayoral Candidates.

Suaree Borell

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Suaree Borell

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Tena koutou katoa. Ko Suaree Borell tenei.

With deep and enduring roots in the Western Bay (over 130 years in Whakamarama) my purpose of standing for this position is clear.

Increasing council accountability and engagement with community is the key. Better and more robust infrastructure solutions and localised models that embrace environmental sustainability are the focus for me. With and alongside talented leaders and innovative thinkers we can elevate growth and design a better way forward. I bring business experience, world class education and tenacity of purpose to this role.

It is time, a new way is calling.

Vote for Western Bays first Mayoress. We can do this we want to do this. Karawhiua.

Mark Boyle

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Mark Boyle

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I am a candidate of change. I bring significant governance skills and international business experience. Over the last 10 years I have worked in economic development for the Te Puke region.

I bring a different perspective. I understand the business of the Council from the outside. As your Mayor I will listen to communities of interest. I will work for the benefit of ratepayers and residents and those who wish to invest in our district. At the Council table I will be a consensus builder. I will ensure Council has a high degree of focus on In full, On time and In spec delivery of services and plans. I will strive for excellence. My website www.markrboyle.nz outlines my position on 3 waters, diversity, economic development, the environment and reform.

I have significant endorsements from experienced people across the district. I will deliver change, vision, leadership and progress.

James Denyer

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James Denyer

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Find me at: facebook.com/JamesDenyerCouncillor

LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: The beautiful natural environment and the great communities.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Walking and botanising in the bush

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: The beaches.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: I believe I have the skills and experience to achieve positive change in our district.
I have really enjoyed being a Councillor and wish to continue to serve our communities.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: I am a current Councillor.
I chair two Council committees.
I am a qualified hearings commissioner.
I have been a professional in corporate finance for ten years.
I hold leadership positions in a wide variety of community organisations in the environmental, social, charitable and economic sectors.

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: A relationship that recognises the benefits of working together to achieve better outcomes for everyone.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Future focused planning, guided by science, to ensure that our district is ready for the challenges ahead. It will also be important to be a strong advocate for our district’s needs as central government policy evolves in this space

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: I am a strong supporter of the much-needed Rangiuru Business Park and the new town proposed in the east of the district to provide for housing and economic opportunities for our people. Beyond those particular developments, we need to get our District Plan review done well in a changing resource management framework, so that we get the right development in the right places.

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 should support the wellbeing of our people. The biggest impact on wellbeing is housing. Council has a role in planning for, enabling and providing housing so that everyone gets a decent start to life. The particular needs of young people will also include the provision of facilities for recreation and quality economic opportunities for when they enter the world of work. I would ensure their views are heard by targeted engagement, such as in schools or the places where they spend their time.

I am a current Councillor, Chair of two council committees and a qualified hearings commissioner. I will bring experienced leadership, a younger perspective and a positive approach to the role of Mayor.

I have been active in the community for many years in a wide variety of leadership roles: member and Past President of Katikati Rotary, former member and Vice President of Katikati Open-Air Art, trustee and Chair of Aongatete Forest Project, Chair of the Whirihia panel for community-led development, and a board member of Bay Conservation Alliance.

My background is in science and then corporate finance in London. I was also part of the successful bid team for the London Olympics where I formulated the $2.5bn operating budget.

I want to see good infrastructure, effective planning for our future and sound financial management to deliver the best for our district and its people.

Paul Haimona

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Paul Haimona

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Tena Koutou Katoa I am a descendant from Ngati Whakaue Ngāti Makino and Ngati Pikiao.

One of my intentions is to bring partnership for Tangata Whenua as I was brought up in the European world. It will include bringing a particular listening to the Council Chambers that will impact the Rate Payers bottom line. Integrity is a key value that I bring to my Leadership style. I have developed these skills inside the various communities I have participated with locally and internationally. I am committed in having councillors be be accountable to our Community through strategically managing our Assets and Financial Resources for the benefit of Growth and development in our Region

Nga mihi

Paul Haimona

Rodney Joyce

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Rodney Joyce

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Find me at: www.rodneyjoyce.nz, facebook.com/rodneyjoyceWBOP and linkedin.com/in/rodneyjoyce/

LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: I love our strong communities, the wonderful beaches and bush and the relaxed environment away from city life

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Walking, swimming, reading and sitting at the beach

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Waihi Beach. My little dog thinks she owns it

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: I seek a change in the council’s direction to curb high spending, high debt and extremely high rates. We need to invest in infrastructure and community assets over time, not all at once.

We need more open government and open consultation with our communities. It is time to end secret “workshops” and make Council information much more accessible.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: My career has been built around entrepreneurship and change management. I’ve started small businesses, worked on major change projects in the media/corporate world and am now back running my own business.

I specialise in developing positive, high-performing teams – on a budget.

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: Success is about empowering people to do their best and there is a strong sense of this already among local iwi. Council needs to fully involve iwi in its work and really listen to feedback.

Council must also keep the wider community informed and involved so that everyone sees the benefits that flow from the iwi/council relationship.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Council needs to get beyond hiring consultants to measure its footprint and start taking action. As a big electricity user in one of the sunniest parts of NZ, Council should be a leader in solar power on its buildings and work sites, and also in the use of electric vehicles. It must stop building facilities on coastal flood plains.

There will be major challenges for our coastal communities, in particular, as storms increase and sea levels rise.

NZ needs a national plan to deal with this but Council also needs to engage with those affected and start thinking about how it will pay its share.

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 in housing is a given. We need to manage this through both intensification (more houses on urban sections) as well as controlled expansion of our urban communities. But there must be a balance to protect neighbours and the environment that drew us to the Western Bays. Growth comes with both funding (development levies and rates) as well as costs (infrastructure) so we must invest wisely, not blow Council’s limited budget on vanity projects.

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: The best thing Council can do right now is curb spending so that there are some resources left in the tank for the next generation. Current debt and spending projections will leave the next generation with no room to set their own Council priorities and make their own decisions.

It is difficult to engage anyone (let alone the young) in the machinery of Council decision-making so we need to make it much more open and less process driven.

Our rangatahi have grown up much more media savvy than previous generations so we need to wind back the OTT marketing/overselling.

We need to ask open questions that give room for listening and learning by both Council and its communities. People feel the Council talks at them, rather than with them.

Are you sick of seeing your already very high rates rising ever higher? Western Bay residents face further rates hikes over the next few years and a tripling of council debt to unprecedented levels.

Increasingly, our high rates will be sucked dry to service that debt - which the council has no plans in place to repay.

If elected, I will be a solid advocate for lower rates and sensible spending by the council. I pledge transparency and open communication. We must break down the high walls around the council's decision-making.

I live in Katikati, where I run a thriving wholesale business after returning home six years ago from working around the world.

My young family loves living in the Western Bay with our wonderful communities, beaches, parks and bush. We must protect what we have.

You can read more about my commitment to tackle high rates at www.rodneyjoyce.nz

Hori BOP Leaming

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Hori BOP Leaming

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LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: What’s not to love about the Western Bay

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Eating at our many varied places

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Climbing the varied mountains in the Bay

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: The main reason is to forward a proposal to build an events-based stadium for 65 million dollars independently peer reviewed, 2022 The intention is for it not to cost the rate payer anything by involving TECT, Tauranga Port and other funding sources. I would put it in or around the Papamoa Hills and invite private enterprise to support the venture by building tourist amenities that could create a tourism triangle pipeline with Queenstown and Rotorua.

The second thing is to get our roading up to spec to facilitate these new ventures.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: I have the ability to bring people together to warrant an outcome

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: When decisions are made that it has the blessing of all communities – communication is key preferably good and effective.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: We must begin to prepare a plan to minimize damage along our coastlines due to the rising sea levels.

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: Roading:

- SH2 to Omokoroa

- Katikati Bypass

- SH 29 to Omananwa Road

- Welcome Bay Road

- Te Puke Congestion

By having good transport systems, the region will be able to cope with growth.

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: By building an events stadium to cater for rectangular sports, concerts, etc. Communication for youth through event-based forums.

Its a mayors job to be a uniting cheerleader for their team. So when someone told me Im crazy for thinking Western Bay can build a 15000 seat event stadium that caters for rectanguler sports as well as concerts events etc for $70million (independantly peer reviewed) I say was it crazy to land on the moon. The crazys at Tauranga city council want to build an 8000 seat stadium for $160million (plus consultants fees 10%) Port of Taurangas $40million payment annually to BOP reginoal council could help fund this regional facility so could teet The result an events stadium on top of Papamoa hills. Invite private companies to build and run tourism ventures around the stadium to rival Queenstown and Rotorua. It could be amazing folks.

Call me crazy but so was a teacher who brought kiwifruit back from china - guess what it grows here as well

John Scrimgeour

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John Scrimgeour

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Find me at: www.scrim4mayor.nz and instagram.com/scrim4mayor

LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: Lovely mild climate - great for growing things.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Tramping

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Papamoa Hills - glorious views

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: Experience gained on Council has prepared me for further service. We are living in a period of rapid change and need continuity.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: I have spent over 30 years in leadership positions in various organisations. The last 9 years I have been a councillor, chaired several committees and Deputy Mayor for 3 years.

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: A willingness from both parties to work together to resolve matters of difference. Partners = we are in this together.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Many will embrace extra warmth which brings increased opportunity for some, such as tourist sector. Need to ensure development does not take place in vulnerable areas. Address stormwater issues where possible

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: Ensuring housing is available for all. Sorting roading issues so people can get to work and attend to their various needs.

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: Engage with groups such as students and school children. Reach out to them particularly through forums they are involved in.

My name is John Scrimgeour. I'm married to my best friend Margaret. We're proud to have raised our family in the Western Bay of Plenty which they still call home. We have a diverse agricultural/horticultural business.

I have served on, and led numerous community and industry organisations.

For the last nine years I have had the privilege of representing the Maketu-Te Puke ward on council. I have chaired several of council's key committees and am currently Deputy-Mayor. I am a qualified RMA commissioner with a chair endorsement. As the only councillor with this qualification I am required to chair council's District Plan and Regulatory Hearings committees and hearings for Resource Consent applications. These and other responsibilities have enabled me to connect a range of people from other councils and parliamentarians.

I am a pragmatist with the ability to work and negotiate with people of different views to get decisions made.

Don Thwaites

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Don Thwaites

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Find me at: facebook.com/don.thwaites

LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: The climate has to be tops. A "Goldilocks" climate - not to hot, not to cold, not to wet, not to dry. The proximity of WBOP to other North island centres by road and fifteen minutes to to great regional airport from my home is hard to beat.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Working the orchard still appeals (a goal of growing 20 more crops is the aim). A strong supporter of many sports , and although not in our district - we do love a walk around Mauao and a walk along the ocean beach.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Te Puna Quarry park is a favourite for a walk / view / peace & quiet. Waihi Beach is the best sea swim in NZ.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: Continue to contribute to district decisions with my common sense / experience. Always available to answer resident/ ratepayer questions with straight forward answers. Change is inevitable and local government is no exception. There is strong political pressure for amalgamation / centralisation of activities (three waters an example) and the regionalisation of decision making. This could mean just one BoPcouncil - we must position Western BoP residents / ratepayers to be in the strongest position possible to legislated change driven by any central Government policy.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: I've been part of the last 14 annual plans (budgets) as a councillor, under 2 Mayors and 5 deputy Mayors, while "I'd not claim to having seen it all" - I have seen how complex and competing issues can be worked through with a district wide view. Understanding how any proposal affects finance and funding of the budget is a strength.

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: An open and transparent relationship with mana whenua, tangata whenua and Maori recognises their integrity and and respect of all of our land. Success, requires resource for them to be able play their vital roll as set out in NZ legislation. We need to resource Tangata whenua / Maori better.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Central government over coming decades will drive climate change adaption / response. We need to work closely with central govt on this. Costs will be shared by many. Safeguarding key infrastructure and preventing further development in vulnerable areas are two examples of what we can do immediately.

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: Roading and infrastructure provision is vital. This needs to be provided in a "just in time" process to remain affordable. This is my major criticism of smartgrowth - An effective  and cost affordable Smartgrowth for the subregion means FOCUSING on KEY growth areas. Roads, schools, Waters are far more affordable if constructed and used in a timely manner - minimising the intergenerational "time lag" financing cost caused by partners being out of step. SH29 at Tauriko is an example of this - situated between NZ's leading port and the productive regions of NZ. A solution here is vital. Katikati township just want to get on with major safety and environmental improvements - roading is required for this.

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: A pathway /mentoring  to housing is vital. While rangatahi might not rank this as being immediately important (before they're in their twenties). A pathway will enhance their long term future. Education /good health / saving is required for this to occur. A Housing committee of council to work alongside Government / social housing providers/ Tangata whenua/ Maori land trusts and developers is a goal of mine as WBOPDC Mayor.

I support a strong, vibrant, growing WBOP. I don't support three waters reform - the solution lies with cooperating provincial councils. We collectively own 54% of the port, we can own 100% of our waters. Rates need to be controlled for stretched household budgets. Inflation is a huge challenge for all businesses. GST from growth must flow back from central government to the provinces.

As Mayor, I will chair a WBOP waters committee & chair the six weekly council meetings. All other committees of council with be chaired by councillors you put around the council table with your votes - vote for capable, committed, clear thinking councillors.

Housing will be a new committee of council working alongside Government.

Transport solutions are essential to our district, TNL2, SH29 and the Katikati bypass are long overdue.

I seek your support to be the WBOPDC Mayor - Vote Don Thwaites to lead your team for 2022-25.

KATIKATI-WAIHĪ BEACH WARD COUNCILlOR CANDIDATES.

John Clements

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Councillor
Katikati-Waihī Beach Ward
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John Clements

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LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: Its sense of community, the scenery and the weather – they are all very special.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: My wife and I are keen walkers and love the Bird Walk in particular. I enjoy sport, reading and wildlife.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: The District is beautiful and there are many special places. Waihi Beach is stunning along with Anzac Bay, the Bird Walk, wetlands and the estuary are very attractive, Plummers Point is a fabulous walk and then you have Tect – all have a unique and special appeal.

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. I enjoyed the contribution that I made to the community whilst on the Community Board with the Community Plan and Town Plan. 2. I have business skills including strategic thinking, finance, leadership and efficiency and a global perspective which is essential.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: As mentioned I have business skills - strategic thinking, financial management and a global perspective. I have served on boards and been a member of the Institute of Directors. I also believe in values led organisation – principles and values that are shared by the community.

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: The Treaty of Waitangi is an amazing document when you consider it was signed in 1840 and the crown acknowledged everyone would be treated equally. In those days the Crown had extensive colonies yet recognized the right for everyone to be equal before the law. This was significantly far sighted when one looks at the diversity of the modern New Zealand yet that principle still holds and is upheld in the Bill of Rights. Showing respect, treating everyone equally and engaging with tangata whenua and the rest of the residents and build the community together.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: I suggest the first place to start is to measure where the District is as a whole. Several years ago I suggested using the Integrated Reporting framework as a globally accepted framework for sustainable development. The Council also needs to plan for the future – this is the District structure plan with infrastructure, housing and water resources. It also needs to look at which legacy infrastructure is at risk, including housing, and have a policy on this.

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: Managing growth and development for the future is also linked to the anticipated changing climate. It has to have an integrated approach. The focus would be based on the District Structure Plan overlaid with the climate impact and would cover infrastructure, housing (and the nature of housing), parks, reserves, transport and other amenities.

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: I do not see the youth or rangatahi as one amorphous group but a diverse group based on age, interests, skills and cultures. My approach would be to address the unique needs of each segment. I would promote the concept of a  Youth Council and this would allow the young leaders to have a voice for their community. The Youth Council would meet on a quarterly basis and would be encouraged to discuss the issues faced by Council and by the residents and then present their suggestions to Council. The District tends to be rural, although urban sprawl is changing this, so working with schools to support them when youth events are held in Tauranga would encourage them to engage in these activities.

Katikati resident John Clements seeking election to the WBoP council, he is currently a member of the Katikati Community Board.

John believes the community board is a crucial part of localism and is the starting point for democracy. He will focus on vibrant communities and systems that encourage and facilitate local engagement.

John has had senior roles in large corporates and run his own business undertaking international consulting with the main focus on leadership and productivity. I have experience in creating pathways for education and strong communities and I believe this experience will benefit Western Bay of Plenty ratepayers. In recent years I have worked on the Community and Town Plan for Katikati and community endeavours to encourage economic growth.

I believe I have the experience and leadership skills to look to the future and encourage democracy in the area while continuing to build strong communities.

James Denyer

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Councillor
Katikati-Waihī Beach Ward
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James Denyer

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Katikati-Waihī Beach Ward
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Find me at: facebook.com/JamesDenyerCouncillor

LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: The beautiful natural environment and the great communities.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Walking and botanising in the bush

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: The beaches.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: I believe I have the skills and experience to achieve positive change in our district.
I have really enjoyed being a Councillor and wish to continue to serve our communities.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: I am a current Councillor.
I chair two Council committees.
I am a qualified hearings commissioner.
I have been a professional in corporate finance for ten years.
I hold leadership positions in a wide variety of community organisations in the environmental, social, charitable and economic sectors.

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: A relationship that recognises the benefits of working together to achieve better outcomes for everyone.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Future focused planning, guided by science, to ensure that our district is ready for the challenges ahead. It will also be important to be a strong advocate for our district’s needs as central government policy evolves in this space

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: I am a strong supporter of the much-needed Rangiuru Business Park and the new town proposed in the east of the district to provide for housing and economic opportunities for our people. Beyond those particular developments, we need to get our District Plan review done well in a changing resource management framework, so that we get the right development in the right places.

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 should support the wellbeing of our people. The biggest impact on wellbeing is housing. Council has a role in planning for, enabling and providing housing so that everyone gets a decent start to life. The particular needs of young people will also include the provision of facilities for recreation and quality economic opportunities for when they enter the world of work. I would ensure their views are heard by targeted engagement, such as in schools or the places where they spend their time.

I am a current Councillor, Chair of two council committees and a qualified hearings commissioner. I will bring experienced leadership, a younger perspective and a positive approach.

I have been active in the community for many years in a wide variety of leadership roles: member and Past President of Katikati Rotary, former member and Vice President of Katikati Open-Air Art, trustee and Chair of Aongatete Forest Project, Chair of the Whirihia panel for community-led development, and a board member of Bay Conservation Alliance.

I have two children at Katikati College.

My background is in science and then corporate finance in London. I was also part of the successful bid team for the London Olympics where I formulated the $2.5bn operating budget.

I want to see good infrastructure, effective planning for our future and sound financial management to deliver the best for our community.

Sara Elliott-Warren

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Councillor
Katikati-Waihī Beach Ward
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Sara Elliott-Warren

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Katikati-Waihī Beach Ward
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Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: Great weather! Easy access to so much ; city, shops, entertainment, bush, beaches, farmland.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: walking my dogs in the gorgeous local environment.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Walking tracks in the lower Kaimais

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: I have previous experience on boards and advisory committees and believe in putting myself forward for roles that serve the community. Council members are often older and semi-retired. I am keen to make sure younger working families with school aged children are represented as well.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: My previous governance experience means that I am already aware of the need to consider all viewpoints before making judgements or decisions.

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: An effective partnership must include; equal numbers of maori and non-maori, broad representation of maori from all local hapu, real consultation (using relevant mediums and gathered in relevant places) and above all requires decisions being made together, having heard all voices and reaching agreement together. The form of governance also must fit both maori and non-maori.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: There are many ways; provision of easily accessed recycling and re-use facilities, increase self reliance in the district by supporting local food production at home (home vege gardens, composting, community gardens, food rescue etc), support household water collection and purification for drinking and ensure council supply is plentiful and clean, improve public transport options and make them more desirable to use. Learn from recent adverse weather events so that communities are better prepared.

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: Affordable housing with a smaller footprint will enable growth to have less physical impact while still providing housing for those moving into the district. Look at models where green space is shared and readily available so that medium density housing is more attractive. Infrastructure must come first, good roading, food access, amenities and access to recreation have communities built around them instead of hastily adding them later.

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: we need to engage with rangatahi. we need to meet with them in their own space. Public meetings, roadshows etc only draw in those individuals that have a strong viewpoint and a point to make. We need to draw in as many young people as possible,  by going out to their places of work, play and study. We need to ensure that every young person living in the district has access to safe housing, food, clothing and good role models. Council can support this by supporting the groups working with rangatahi in the community providing these.

Kia ora, I am married with two school aged children and have a keen interest in our local communities, schools and service infrastructure in the Western BOP. I live rurally on an avocado orchard in Aongatete.

I volunteer for Tauranga based charity Kura Kai, working alongside Katikati college producing meals and sourcing funding for those in need in the wider Katikati community.

Addressing poverty in our communities and supporting families so that our tamariki grow up healthy, safe & happy is very important to me.

After originally qualifying as a teacher, I taught & worked in the animal welfare & Not for Profit sector in both service & management roles. For 5 years I have operated my own small business alongside orchard responsibilities I have served on a number of boards + advisory committees.

I believe I have the capability to represent the views of WBOP residents to Council and ensure democratic decision making occurs in the best interests of the public.

Donna Hannah

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Councillor
Katikati-Waihī Beach Ward
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Donna Hannah

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Councillor
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Katikati-Waihī Beach Ward
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LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: He Tangata, it is the people

The people are what I love in Western Bay, they make the community that I enjoy living in.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: I have many varied hobbies, from working with my husband on our lifestyle block. Spending time with family. Learning new skills, crafts and information

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: I love the beaches, the parks, the markets, the events, getting out and enjoying the life in the Bay. The different places hold special memories made with family and friends.

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. Youth need to have space to grow develop and learn how to work and live within our community.

2. Elderly need to be empowered to get involved and create new relationships within the community, adding to our community diversity

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: I have worked with digitally challenged older and younger people, enabling and empowering them to do more in the digital world. Listening to what others may need, and finding solutions that work for their specific and individual requirements.

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: Success is listening to tangata whenua, listening to all voices, acknowledging their specific requests and then working together towards a solution that all partners are willing to accept as a solution.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Being prepared in open communication, listening, understanding, acknowledging, and when in doubt confirming, accepting compromise may be a solution. Creating an open and transparent partnership, that accepts that all parties have valued opinions.

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: Consultation with the community. They are the ones who are most aware of the barriers to growth for them on an individual area. Value opinions that may not conform with the current plan. Council needs to embrace change, what was planned may not be the desired outcome as we move into the future. Adjust, rethink, re-evaluate.

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: Empowering youth, give them a voice, let them be heard and then embrace change. Remove barriers, look for solutions from youth. Spend time discussing bigger picture ideas from youth. Create forums that allow free speech and ideas, show that these are heard and acted on.

My name is Donna Hannah - I am open-minded, an optimist, a reformed perfectionist, and selfmotivated with leadership tendencies. Add to that a lifelong learner who has accumulated bachelor degrees, diplomas, and certificates but still enjoys learning.

My principal place of residence is in the Katikati Ward. I will be seeking election for the Katikati Community Board and the Katikati-Waihī Beach Ward.

My husband and I have five adult children who attended the local schools, and got their first jobs in local businesses. Our grandchildren will follow in their footsteps.

My top three priorities are youth, elderly and local business, because if all three are empowered our community will thrive.

Change happens when perseverance and resilience overcome the obstacles of life.

What and who make changes, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata! It is the people, it is the people, it is the people. We do! We make change together!

Anne Henry

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Councillor
Katikati-Waihī Beach Ward
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Anne Henry

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Katikati-Waihī Beach Ward
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LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: I love the environment we live in, being surrounded by the Kaimai Ranges, the Pacific Ocean and Tauranga harbour. We have many open spaces options in which we live and enjoy.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: I enjoy reading novels with a historical perspective, walking the trails of our local walkways, those in the bush and on our beaches. Wet days are for movies and visiting Art Galleries.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: My favourite regenerate place is at Waihi Beach.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: Firstly, I want to support both the Beach areas and Katikati communities to make haste on the actions and plans they have made this term. Secondly we have been in a constant state of change during the last term and the next term will be not be any different. What I have learnt and can contribute will be beneficial in a new Council as we continue to make our through these changes, while doing business as usual.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: I know my communities, I listen to them and will work with them. I am not afraid to speak out and challenge presented plans if I know that are not reflecting the majority view held  by our communities or are not in the best interest for our environment.

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: As with expected engagement practise for any working partnerships,  everyone involved is at the decision making table from day 1 and participates in the decision making through out.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: The impacts of Climate Changes for now and for the distance future must be factored into where and now much development and supporting infrastructure we allow in our hills and coastal margins. Perfect timing now to put in some rules about how we grow as we review the District Plan.

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: As per comments above. All development should manage their stormwater and have the opportunity to use it as grey water and irrigation. Development across the districts in small hamlet scattered around productive land and economic hubs, where a work force is needed, not in densely concentrated area which creates congestion and traffic problems.

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: As an ex teacher I think I could have a huge in role with encouraging rangatahi/youth to be involve in Council  decision making processes for the Western Bay District. Every Council would better of from hearing from their youth, developing a Youth Council would enabled a youth voice and dialogue with them to begin.

I'm 4th generation from the Boyd & Henry families. Returning home 8 years ago to support my elderly parents during their last years, I worked at Waihi Beach Primary and now reside on the family farm. My passion is for the communities in which I live and those I represent to achieve their aspirations. In reflecting the community's views on the future development of this area, I'll urge Council to foster economic opportunities and promote dealing sensitively with climate change for our environment now and for future generations.

For the past 3 years I have served as Councillor for this Ward and on Waihi Beach Community Board. As your Councillor, I will continue to push for value added projects to be accomplished, community and recreational facilities like netball courts, mountain-bike and horse trails, for long overdue maintenance, and working on local issues with both Community Boards to get things done.

Rodney Joyce

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Councillor
Katikati-Waihī Beach Ward
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Rodney Joyce

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Councillor
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Katikati-Waihī Beach Ward
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Find me at: www.rodneyjoyce.nz, facebook.com/rodneyjoyceWBOP and linkedin.com/in/rodneyjoyce/

LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: I love our strong communities, the wonderful beaches and bush and the relaxed environment away from city life

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Walking, swimming, reading and sitting at the beach

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Waihi Beach. My little dog thinks she owns it

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: I seek a change in the council’s direction to curb high spending, high debt and extremely high rates. We need to invest in infrastructure and community assets over time, not all at once.

We need more open government and open consultation with our communities. It is time to end secret “workshops” and make Council information much more accessible.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: My career has been built around entrepreneurship and change management. I’ve started small businesses, worked on major change projects in the media/corporate world and am now back running my own business.

I specialise in developing positive, high-performing teams – on a budget.

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: Success is about empowering people to do their best and there is a strong sense of this already among local iwi. Council needs to fully involve iwi in its work and really listen to feedback.

Council must also keep the wider community informed and involved so that everyone sees the benefits that flow from the iwi/council relationship.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Council needs to get beyond hiring consultants to measure its footprint and start taking action. As a big electricity user in one of the sunniest parts of NZ, Council should be a leader in solar power on its buildings and work sites, and also in the use of electric vehicles. It must stop building facilities on coastal flood plains.

There will be major challenges for our coastal communities, in particular, as storms increase and sea levels rise.

NZ needs a national plan to deal with this but Council also needs to engage with those affected and start thinking about how it will pay its share.

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 in housing is a given. We need to manage this through both intensification (more houses on urban sections) as well as controlled expansion of our urban communities. But there must be a balance to protect neighbours and the environment that drew us to the Western Bays. Growth comes with both funding (development levies and rates) as well as costs (infrastructure) so we must invest wisely, not blow Council’s limited budget on vanity projects.

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: The best thing Council can do right now is curb spending so that there are some resources left in the tank for the next generation. Current debt and spending projections will leave the next generation with no room to set their own Council priorities and make their own decisions.

It is difficult to engage anyone (let alone the young) in the machinery of Council decision-making so we need to make it much more open and less process driven.

Our rangatahi have grown up much more media savvy than previous generations so we need to wind back the OTT marketing/overselling.

We need to ask open questions that give room for listening and learning by both Council and its communities. People feel the Council talks at them, rather than with them.

Are you sick of seeing your already very high rates rising ever higher? Western Bay residents face further rates hikes over the next few years and a tripling of council debt to unprecedented levels.

Increasingly, our high rates will be sucked dry to service that debt - which the council has no plans in place to repay.

If elected, I will be a solid advocate for lower rates and sensible spending by the council. I pledge transparency and open communication. We must break down the high walls around the council's decision-making.

I live in Katikati, where I run a thriving wholesale business after returning home six years ago from working around the world.

My young family loves living in the Western Bay with our wonderful communities, beaches, parks and bush. We must protect what we have.

You can read more about my commitment to tackle high rates at www.rodneyjoyce.nz

Richard Logan

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Councillor
Katikati-Waihī Beach Ward
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Richard Logan

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Councillor
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Katikati-Waihī Beach Ward
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Find me at: www.richardlogan.nz and facebook.com/RichardLoganCandidateWBOP

LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: Western Bay is a relaxing and invigorating place to live, with (mostly!) great climate, and nestled within the golden triangle of Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Most of my spare time in recent years has been devoted to ancestry research. Whenever we can we also travel NZ in our Caravan.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: It’s difficult to choose as my wife & I love many places, from the Haiku walk to the Kauri forest, from the sand at Waihi Beach to the Talisman restaurant.

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. I oppose the increasing control that central government exerts over local government. Three Waters being an example. Local government (ratepayers) must retain local ownership and control of local assets and infrastructure.

2. I oppose the ballooning debt and rates burden. There is no good reason why Western BOP rates should perpetually remain among the highest 2 or 3 Councils in New Zealand.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: Skills: While no skill set is truly unique, my skill set includes communication skills, particularly listening, the ability to interact with diverse interest groups, teamwork.

Experience: 20+ years in all levels of corporate employment and 20+ years self-employed in retail and service industries, alongside nearly 20 years with Toastmaster NZ that culminated, as NZ District Governor, in leading NZ to 4th of 75 Districts worldwide.

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: Success, when it comes to any partnership with tangata whenua and every other interest group, will include acknowledging and understanding the interests and needs of the group, and accommodating those interests and needs to the extent that is democratically decided by the total population of the District. Māori citizens are of equal value and importance to the District as any other citizen. My Māori children and grandchildren should enjoy the same opportunities, privileges, and responsibilities as every other citizen. No less. No more.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: I support adaptation. Council’s role will need to center on obtaining prudent and realistic long-term predictions of climate effects on which to build support. The is the hard part because excessive caution will result in wasted investment and not being cautious enough could result in unnecessary loss and harm.

Council will need to prudently manage zoning and development going forward and should ensure that parties undertaking development are liable for future losses arising from ignoring disclosed climate change impacts.

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: In a nutshell, I’ll be looking for growth and future-planning to be firstly democratic. Secondly, all growth should enhance the District, whether socially, economically, or environmentally. Finally, I’ll be looking to ensure sound cost-benefit analyses are completed - any ratepayers’ share of the required investment should be minimized and most costs of development borne by the benefactors of the development.

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: In practical terms, Council’s role is largely about fostering an economic environment that attracts employment opportunities to the District. Councilors could/should attend schools periodically with the aim of both soliciting the views of youth and imparting knowledge about the District.

Care should be taken to not duplicate or overlap central government responsibilities, such as education and social development. Care must also be taken to not undermine the family unit.

MY VALUES. I'm passionate about democracy and the public voice. I value honesty. Candor. Accountability. My intention is to make a positive difference.

MY CREDIBILITY. Half my working life was corporate, in employee, management and leadership roles. In the other half, successful self-employment saw my wife and I win several business awards.

As Toastmasters NZ District Governor, I led NZ to rank 4th of 75 Districts worldwide, something not equalled in the 24 years since.

I'm an amputee. My children and grandchildren are Ngati Maniapoto. My wife Sheila and I live in Katikati by choice, in our post-career years.

I chair my local Body Corporate and local Social Club, and I'm am amputee Peer Support volunteer.

MY "HOT BUTTONS". I will pursue: prudent fiscal management; an end to centralised ownership and/or control of local government interests, including 3 waters infrastructure; and truly democratic process.

Allan Sole

Nominated for:
Councillor
Katikati-Waihī Beach Ward
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Allan Sole

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Councillor
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Katikati-Waihī Beach Ward
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Find me at: facebook.com - Elect Allan Sole

LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: Great people, great lifestyle, improving environment, Beaches bush and hills, My wife and I chose to live here.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Photography and to follow sport. Cycling in particular.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: I live in Athenree (Waihi Beach) and that’s hard to beat.  I do like to visit The Art Junction and Museum in Katikati along with the Athenree Homestead and any café.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: I have so much to offer my community and the WBOP.  I said for years that when I had the time I want to give back to people. My last 10 years has seen a focus on that.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: My experience through a very full life. I proved to be a leader when young and held management and governance positions.

There was a period when I concentrated on my life and experiences, and accrued more knowledge, that can be applied to my work in council.

I tend to look at the implications of things further ahead than just what’s in front of us now and try to reduce potential future issues.

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: Partnerships or working with tangata whenua should look the same as any effective working relationship or partnership, no matter whoever we are working with. It should be good for those involved and reflect the contribution being put in by the parties. Creating a bigger cake to share with the partners and community.  A true win/win.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Science and nature have started to make it clear that climate and the environment are the chicken and egg conundrum. If we work to help one the other will also respond.  Water is in the news these days and improving that will improve things down the line. We need to think ahead as to the implications of our actions.

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: Part of the answer is in the question, PLAN.  

While we are always dealing with the here and now, it is the ability to see the implications ahead that I would focus on. We can’t get it 100%, but we can reduce the probabilities of problems, even in a fast-changing world.

Always remember our primary/food growing industries.

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: I would like to see council further assist organizations that work in this space now. No need to reinvent the wheel, but to give the wheel more oil and power.  Money is one thing, but also help from our communities staff, helping resource equipment and a place to operate from would go a long way. Extend councils contracts with these groups and help them become a joint force.

Having been elected as a councillor in the byelection, I now ask for your vote to continue to bring a strong voice of reason and balance to the representation and governance we need.

The WBOPDC, and Katikati, Waihi Beach Ward deserve the best people for the job and I believe I am one of those people.

I support a firmer hand on our spending and the Katikati bypass,

I do not agree with the proposed "Three Waters" scheme, other options must be available.

My work ethic and understanding of issues before us now and looming will be a challenge for many who don't have my experience.

My wife and I run an import, wholesale business from Athenree. Prior to living in the district I have owned, managed and held executive positions in businesses across various industries. I am also involved at governance and grass roots level for many community organisations.

KAIMAI WARD
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Matua Parkinson

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Councillor
Kaimai Ward
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Matua Parkinson

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Councillor
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Kaimai Ward
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Find me at: Vote Matua Parkinson-for Kaimai Ward WBOP Council 2022 - Facebook

LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: The diverse community and landscape

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Anything outdoors, riding my horse, rugby, hunting and fishing

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Te Puna, Cycle track

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: As a local community member, my 2 key reasons are advocating for all sectors of our community and bringing a unique common sense voice to the table

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: 9 years as an elected member on the BOPDHB. Chair and committee member on school and rugby club boards.

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: A successful and effective partnership starts with a robust conversation. Upholding and supporting a positive Treaty relationship for both.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Incorporate effective change into existing frameworks, plans and projects.

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: Infrastructure and roading are the main focus. Strategic planning needs to be managed. "More doey, less hui"

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: Listening to our rangatahi, ask them exactly what they want. Start that conversation first.

My principle place of residence is in the Kaimai Ward and have been a resident for the past 12 years.

Kia Ora Community Members,

I am taking up the challenge to represent Diversity in our council for the next 3 years. I bring a fresh and common-sense approach and perspective to create better outcomes for the community. We face many challenges around Urban Development and Transport Infrastructure and as one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand I will ensure the community's needs are met. I am supportive of positive growth and our ongoing partnership with Tangata Whenua. As a past elected member of the BOPDHB for 9 years I have the governance and advocacy skill set to serve my constituents.

I am accessible and experienced with many active networks within the community and will use these to serve to the best of my ability. 48 years old, married with 3 sons, I enjoy a variety of sporting and outdoor activities.

Vote Matua

Suaree Borell

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Councillor
Kaimai Ward
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Suaree Borell

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Councillor
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Kaimai Ward
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Kia ora, Talofa lava, Warmest greetings to you and yours. I am seeking to serve and play a role in the Kaimai ward. My whānau have lived and raised families in Whakamarama for over 130 years. I am ready and willing to foster good decision making systems that benefit everyone. I am a home owner, business consultant and avid supporter of all things family.

Bring the best of 2022 into the future, vote for this Whakamarama original.

Supporting through service and connection to community - 130 years and still going.

Tracey Coxhead

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Councillor
Kaimai Ward
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Tracey Coxhead

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Councillor
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Kaimai Ward
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I am seeking election for Council. I have lived in the Western Bay District for 14 years with my family. My professional career over the past 40 years has been within financial services, as a regional manager in banking, a qualified financial advisor, and as a business owner. I am particularly passionate about improving the financial literacy of New Zealanders and continue to advocate in this area.

I am a proud grandmother and want to contribute positively to building a better region for the next generation and those to follow.

I support an ethical, fact-based approach to decision making, where stakeholders are accountable for both decisions and actions. I believe in community-led democracy, where people are truly heard, and I am fearless when it comes to defending what is right. I would represent constituents by bringing energy, compassion, and determination to drive positive outcomes.

Matthew Farrell

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Councillor
Kaimai Ward
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Matthew Farrell

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Councillor
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Kaimai Ward
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Find me at: facebook.com/votefarrell and linkedin.com/in/matthew-james-farrell

LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: That's easy! The people.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: A bring-a-plate BBQ with friends and family.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: I love the harbour views from Omokoroa and the land-to-sea views from the hillsides of Te Puna.

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. To help better connect our communities with Council. 2.To help steer the future for this generation and the next.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: I have watched Council processes and projects unfold as a community advocate and publisher, which has made me a two-way conduit of information. Examples include the community calling for me to submit on transport plans and against liquor venues.

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: Success to me would look like most Māori constituents AND most General roll constituents agreeing we have fair engagement, consultation and representation for tangata whenua.

I'm open to discussing designated Māori seats if voters on the General roll can retain balanced Ward representation based on population.

Māori constituents have the exact same rights as the rest of the community to cast a single vote for a candidate they prefer. A lot of voters need this better explained.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Climate change is a huge area. District, City and Regional Councils and central government must look at what needs to be funded to meet public expectations versus what is affordable locally/regionally and nationally.

Talks are required around what should be councils’ share and what should be central government’s share, given the revenue split is 90% and 10% for taxpayer and ratepayer.

It is not reasonable to receive 10% of the income, yet be expected to fund a disproportionate amount of climate change works.

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: Population growth over the past generation has been largely driven by government immigration policy thus Councils are increasingly reliant on central government support while facing an increased burden from legislation. This imbalanced relationship must be addressed. Council must continue to lobby for Crown infrastructure partnership / Kainga Ora funding / rural policing and must aim to ensure communities provide opportunities to work, rest and play.

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 needs to take a lead when it comes to community well-being in terms of youth centre provision. Teens need a safe, welcoming place to interact with peers in a healthy manner, perhaps with access to apprenticeship, career and training advice - not just sports. Hard to reach youth are not going to come to the Council table. Prevent the crime, offer a choice. Council are well placed to facilitate integration by DIA, MSD, MBIE to invest in communities.

I'm the editor of Lizard News. Liz and I have lived in WBoP for 15 years. I've volunteered as a Community Patroller, and a campaigner for SH2 investment which continues to take shape.

Local authorities face unprecedented remodelling, across multiple areas of focus by central government; from 3 Waters and co-governance, to housing, climate change and resource management.

We need Councillors of intelligence and acumen, with the courage and determination to listen to the community and represent the spectrum of views while making decisions of benefit.

We must put people first, rural and urban, and plan for sustainable progress while protecting environmental outcomes for the neighbourhoods we call home.

Amid the economic challenges of population growth, we must maintain constructive partnerships with any government, to attract infrastructure investment as inflation threatens project affordability.

Common sense dictates Council must balance fair rates and wise spending with public expectations of service provision.

Murray Grainger

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Councillor
Kaimai Ward
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Murray Grainger

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Kaimai Ward
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LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: The lifestyle, its location between the Kaimai Forest Park and the bay, and the people who share it with me.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Walking and cycling the wonderful trails we have and the bush tracks in the Kaimai Range.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: The tramway tracks in the Kaimai Forest Park.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: I have thoroughly enjoyed serving my community for the previous six years (three at Council and three on the Omokoroa Community Board) and know there is still more to do. It is important that WBPDC is equipped to handle all the changes coming from central government.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: I have a post-graduate qualification in the subjects that Councils deal with so understand the issues. I have listened to the community for the last six years and have a good grasp of the role of governance from my business experience.

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: Listening carefully and responding appropriately, as we are required to by the various statues that govern the conduct of Councils

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: The climate has always changed and will continue to change therefore determining in which direction it is changing is critical. Council needs to keep a watching brief and ensure that Council’s 10-year and 30-year plans can be appropriately modified when necessary and that ratepayer money is not wasted providing for unlikely eventualities.

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: Unfortunately, many issues that need attention in our growing community are outside Council control.  Transport infrastructure, public transport, health services, education and so on. Even housing and local road speed limits are now being dictated by central government. Council must work with the community to provide optimum outcomes within the constraints imposed on Council by central Government.

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: Early on in Council life I heard the expression “If you design for the8-year olds and the 80-year olds you will get it right. ”Continue and expand programmes such as the Instep Young Leaders breakfast in order to hear and understand the views and aspirations of our youth.

Graduated BE (Electrical) followed by a postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Engineering. A qualification with subjects that Councils deal with, such as: Water supply; wastewater; storm water; refuse disposal and environmental noise and as a qualified Resource Management Commissioner, I understand issues that staff bring to the Council table.

With a career including central government department, engineering consultancy, private small business and finally Director of IT for a major UK charity, exposure to governance challenges has been broad. A comprehensive understanding of the technology issues and challenges Council staff grapple with in this rapidly changing digital landscape.

I will: Continue to oppose the fundamentally flawed 3 Waters proposals. Bigger is not always better.

Seek to improve Kaimai Ward Forum to better hear rural concerns.

Lobby for SH2 and SH29.

Retain local control for local issues.

Keep listening to your concerns.

Website: votegrainger.nz; I seek your support for re-election,

thanks.

Margaret Murray-Benge

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Councillor
Kaimai Ward
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Margaret Murray-Benge

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Kaimai Ward
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LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: The people and the weather!

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Walking with family and friends in the great variety of walk-ways in the District

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Puketoki Reserve

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. I want to promote changes in planning rules to improve opportunities for people to build homes – both permanent ones and ones for seasonal workers. 2. I want to improve roading in the district – reducing speed limits on some rural roads and working with central government to see SH2 and SH29 upgraded, especially four-laning from Te Puna to Omokoroa

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: I have been working in local government for most of my career – more than 20 years in Christchurch and 15 years in the Western Bay.  I am a qualified Resource Management Commissioner, and have strong people skills.

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: Respectful relationships with all residents in the District, no matter their ancestry, background or gender, are crucial to a harmonious future.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Most of the changes required to deal with climate change – such as measures to increase the price of petrol and subsidise the use of electric vehicles – are of necessity matters for central government.  Local government must facilitate active transport systems, such as walk-ways and cycle-ways, and ensure infrastructure is robust against the threat of rising sea levels.

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: If housing is not going to continue to be beyond the reach of most first home-buyers, Council must ensure that sufficient land is available for homebuilding at a reasonable cost.

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 makes its best contribution to our young people by ensuring housing is affordable, so that families have the financial capacity to provide warm and safe accommodation without undue stress.  Council can also help by ensuring the availability of sports grounds.

I moved to the Kaimai Ward of the Western Bay more than 20 years ago and, though I now live in Bethlehem, I have represented Kaimai since 2007.

As your local councillor, I front the challenging issues. I have publicly opposed the Three Waters legislation through which Government is trying to steal our assets with totally inadequate compensation. I oppose our continuing membership of Local Government New Zealand as they are failing to work in the interests of our community. I believe strongly in democracy - one person one vote.

Council is responsible for water infrastructure, parks, local roading, district plans, resource consents, and libraries. I am committed to using the income we raise from rates for these core services, without getting distracted onto matters which are the responsibility of central government, such as social housing.

I am committed to work for you, no matter your gender or ethnicity.

Don Thwaites

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Councillor
Kaimai Ward
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Don Thwaites

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Kaimai Ward
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LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: The climate has to be tops. A "Goldilocks" climate - not to hot, not to cold, not to wet, not to dry. The proximity of WBOP to other North island centres by road and fifteen minutes to to great regional airport from my home is hard to beat.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Working the orchard still appeals (a goal of growing 20 more crops is the aim). A strong supporter of many sports , and although not in our district - we do love a walk around Mauao and a walk along the ocean beach.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Te Puna Quarry park is a favourite for a walk / view / peace & quiet. Waihi Beach is the best sea swim in NZ.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: Continue to contribute to district decisions with my common sense / experience. Always available to answer resident/ ratepayer questions with straight forward answers. Change is inevitable and local government is no exception. There is strong political pressure for amalgamation / centralisation of activities (three waters an example) and the regionalisation of decision making. This could mean just one BoPcouncil - we must position Western BoP residents / ratepayers to be in the strongest position possible to legislated change driven by any central Government policy.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: I've been part of the last 14 annual plans (budgets) as a councillor, under 2 Mayors and 5 deputy Mayors, while "I'd not claim to having seen it all" - I have seen how complex and competing issues can be worked through with a district wide view. Understanding how any proposal affects finance and funding of the budget is a strength.

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: An open and transparent relationship with mana whenua, tangata whenua and Maori recognises their integrity and and respect of all of our land. Success, requires resource for them to be able play their vital roll as set out in NZ legislation. We need to resource Tangata whenua / Maori better.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Central government over coming decades will drive climate change adaption / response. We need to work closely with central govt on this. Costs will be shared by many. Safeguarding key infrastructure and preventing further development in vulnerable areas are two examples of what we can do immediately.

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: Roading and infrastructure provision is vital. This needs to be provided in a "just in time" process to remain affordable. This is my major criticism of smartgrowth - An effective  and cost affordable Smartgrowth for the subregion means FOCUSING on KEY growth areas. Roads, schools, Waters are far more affordable if constructed and used in a timely manner - minimising the intergenerational "time lag" financing cost caused by partners being out of step. SH29 at Tauriko is an example of this - situated between NZ's leading port and the productive regions of NZ. A solution here is vital. Katikati township just want to get on with major safety and environmental improvements - roading is required for this.

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: A pathway /mentoring  to housing is vital. While rangatahi might not rank this as being immediately important (before they're in their twenties). A pathway will enhance their long term future. Education /good health / saving is required for this to occur. A Housing committee of council to work alongside Government / social housing providers/ Tangata whenua/ Maori land trusts and developers is a goal of mine as WBOPDC Mayor.

If not your Mayor - I still have the passion and drive to contribute to govern your $100 million business.

This year I seek your tick of support.

A council chairman for the past 9 years. Caroline and I've raised our family, enjoying the rural Tauranga hinterland. Please "click" on my facebook page to learn a bit more.

I am very focussed on sticking to our key functions as a council, notably the 3R's & the 3 W's. (Roads, Reserves, Rubbish and the Waters).

Household budgets only go so far - I don't support council moving into health, education etc if waters were to become a utility like your electricity & communications.

At the end of the day, households have only so much left after taxation to Central government, so it is vital for council to stick to its knitting in the most cost effective manner.

Tick Thwaites for WBOPDC.

MAKETU-TE PUKE WARD
COUNCILlOR CANDIDATES.

Attiya Andrew

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Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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Attiya Andrew

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Tena Koutou katoa nga Uri a Mataatua Waka.

Ki te rohe o Waiariki

Taiarahia te Maunga

Mataatua te Waka

Te RewaRewa te Marae

Te Māhurehure te hapu

Ohinemataroa te aua

No Ngai Tuhoe Ahau

Attiya Andrew Toku ingoa

Kia ora te Whānau no Te Puke we Maketu

Originally from Kawerau, lived within this region most of my life. My whānau consist of 7 siblings and myself. Mum and Dad make 10. I am a mother, a grandmother of 4 beautiful moko.

My formal qualifications include: Bachelor of teaching from Waikato University (ECE Sector for 20 years); Diploma of Law from Waikato University in 2021.

Core issues we will strive for, as a community together, include the most pressing issue facing the community and the globe. 1. Health and well-being; 2. Cost of living crisis; 3. Housing; 4. The duality of a Mäori worldview and westernised worldview of equity and equality.

Shane Beech (Withdrawn)

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Councillor
Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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Shane Beech (Withdrawn)

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Councillor
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Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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Unfortunately Shane has had to withdraw his nomination for Maketu-Te Puke Ward Councillor due to personal reasons.

Shane's profile will still be in the voting pack you will receive from 16 September as they have already been printed.

Please do not vote for Shane as any votes will not be counted.

Rewi Boy Corbett

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Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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Rewi Boy Corbett

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Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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Raised in Maketu, attended Paengaroa Primary and Te Puke High School gave me foundation understanding of the diversity in our community.

First working locally within Forestry, Kiwifruit and AFFCO. Then overseas opportunities expanded this knowledge to include environmental impact. That exposure when I returned home had me seeing the need for sustainable environmental outcomes.

Kaitiakitanga Stewardship has for me included gaining a University of Waikato Bachelor of Science and diploma in environmental management. Current work/employment in Waikato University's Cultural Advisory, NIWA interviewer, DoC, Jobs for Nature Environmental contractor and Maketu Taiapure committee member involved and support these principles.

If elected I hope to also support local governing policy and Iwi aspiration for optimal outcomes. I'm a champion for the environment. My position is to be part of continued development in efficient, effective and economic versatility that serves the environment and it's people in these dynamic times.

Ngamihinui Rewi Boy Corbett

Richard Crawford

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Councillor
Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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Richard Crawford

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Councillor
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Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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Find me at: www.richardforwbop.nz

LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: Good weather. A nice coastal region. A great place to live and play

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Fishing and cycling

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Mt Maunganui / Papamoa beaches

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: To represent my ward / community at council level to create a strong connection between council and community There are important decisions to made in the next incoming councilor and after 3 years’ experience on the community board I want to step up to be part of the decisionmakers on behalf the community I will be representing

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: I have been involved in community development work and serving on numerous boards for the last 35 years. The last 3 years chairperson of the community board so have learnt a lot about the inner workings and governance of council. I am a strong collaborator and connector. The current chair and founding member of the Daily Charitable Trust

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: Collaboration. Respecting the treaty of Waitangi. Co designing and good communication and engagement with the local 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: Education

Policies and procedures that prepare us for the future weather events and global warming implications

Adopting recommendations to reduce carbon footprint / admissions to the atmosphere

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: Infrastructure put in place to cope not just for now but the long-term future. Roading / 3 waters / cycle walkways /transport / enabling community development work and initiatives

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: Create pathways that engage youth. Supporting youth initiatives in the community

Develop youth representation at council and community board levels like running forums and workshops

There is no I in team, and that is what it takes to direct and advocate for our district. I am a proven collaborator and leader within our community and strive to develop these skills. Working through our community board this triennium has allowed my leadership, knowledge and skill set required to step up into a councillor role. Making sure all ethnicities, ages and the future is always being taken into consideration with any decisions made but also not burdening the rate payer with the bill where possible.

Maketu / Te Puke ward is a fast-growing part of Western Bay District with many decisions to be considered around the three waters and RMA and how do we keep up with future growth.

The best way forward is community and council working together keeping it local

Electing me as a councillor will be electing a positive influence for our district.

Grant Dally

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Councillor
Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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Grant Dally

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Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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Find me at: www.grantdally.nz, facebook.com/grant.dally, instagram.com/grantdally_4_wbopdc, linkedin.com/in/grantdally and twitter.com/Grant__Dally

LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

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.

It's an honour having been your Ward Councillor for 2 terms.

I've learnt a lot. My knowledge of Council, personal relationships, ability to debate/argue for wins for our communities has improved immeasurably.

My capacity to get things done has evolved significantly because of that experience.

Please vote for me. I have no trouble speaking up and fighting for our communities. I generally back the majority and evidence-based recommendations.

Mandating 3 Waters reform without community consultation was a breach of trust.

Councils acknowledge the need for change. The proposal's governance complexity, lack of detail on ownership, pricing, regulation has meant opposition.

Threats to democracy through legislation are concerning. We need to challenge the government on this.

I began this journey through community-led development. I've contributed hundreds of hours to voluntary groups:- Creative TePuke, Environment TePuke, TeAraKahikatea Pathway. I continue to do so.

Visit www.grantdally.nz. Follow me on facebook.

#buildingbettercommunities #stillfightingfortepuke

Kassie Ellis

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Councillor
Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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Kassie Ellis

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Communities make change, but change needs communities. Our ward is going through significant change so its now even more important to make sure we are being heard.

I have learnt a lot on the Community board and now feel I can play a more active role. There are many aspects of our community growth that cannot be left behind. Whilst I want to be a part of the solution it is going to be a collaborative approach to deliver the social and economic outcomes required.

Roading, Safety and a cultural celebration are all key aspects I will be supporting if elected.

Paul Haimona

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Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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Tēnā koutou katoa,

I returned from Ireland in 2015, finding myself caring for my stepfather, after my mum passed in the same year. I retired from working as an Electrician and looked after him for three years with Alzheimer's. I am taking a level 2 Te Reo class in Te Puke and participate in wānanga in Maketu at Whakaue Marae tutored by Kiharoa Milroy.

I participated in personal development programs with Landmark worldwide since 1998, currently assisting in the Wisdom Area, via zoom, allowing me to participate and contribute globally.

The vision I am looking toward is 2050. WBOPDC has vibrant Kiwifruit and Dairy Industries, what is next?

Maybe the world of Technology, or being a place of national and Global Advancement in Inventions. Let us look together for what is needed today, not from the past but a future to live into.

Nga mihi,

Paul Haimona

Kris Murray

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Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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Kris Murray

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Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: What isn’t there to love but the closeness to the ocean would be top of the list

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Motorcycle track days at either Taupo or Hampton Downs

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Maketu waterfront and the market

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: I love the region and all it has to offer the community. I believe that everyone has a view that needs to be heard.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: I believe that through my life I have had to make important decisions either for my family or in a work environment which has lead me to been able to look at things from different angles before making a decision.

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: Building a business partnership involving local Iwi and the council.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Look to alternative energy sources our how we as a council can help to support their introduction.

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: My focus would be on infrastructure - existing and future.

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: Supporting programs that help to teach our youth the importance of Elections and how each one of us has a view to be heard.

I am a hardworking locally born resident with a passion for the local community. I have an outgoing and friendly personality. I enjoy meeting new people and enjoy making a real difference in people's lives. If elected, I will work to reduce the speeding on our local roads. Review the amount of liquor and vape outlets and the location to schools. I am looking forward to representing you in the coming future.

Anish Paudel

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Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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Anish Paudel

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Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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I am originally from Nepal. I came to New Zealand to live with my Parents who were in New Zealand for last two decades. They are Kiwi fruit growers in Bay of Plenty. Professionally I am working as a Banker. I am studying towards Master of Public Policy at University of Auckland. I am currently Vice President of Nepalese Association in Bay of Plenty and executive committee member for Tauranga Multicultural Council.

Considering I do not need to wait until I retire to give back to the community, I am also serving the community in the capacity of Justice of Peace for New Zealand.

As Western Bay of Plenty is evolving to become more diversified in terms of culture and people, I look to represent the multicultural prospective at the council. I will look at bringing the energy and young eye at the decision making to the council.

John Scrimgeour

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Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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John Scrimgeour

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Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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Find me at: www.scrim4mayor.nz and instagram.com/scrim4mayor

LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: Lovely mild climate - great for growing things.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Tramping

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Papamoa Hills - glorious views

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: Experience gained on Council has prepared me for further service. We are living in a period of rapid change and need continuity.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: I have spent over 30 years in leadership positions in various organisations. The last 9 years I have been a councillor, chaired several committees and Deputy Mayor for 3 years.

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: A willingness from both parties to work together to resolve matters of difference. Partners = we are in this together.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Many will embrace extra warmth which brings increased opportunity for some, such as tourist sector. Need to ensure development does not take place in vulnerable areas. Address stormwater issues where possible

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: Ensuring housing is available for all. Sorting roading issues so people can get to work and attend to their various needs.

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: Engage with groups such as students and school children. Reach out to them particularly through forums they are involved in.

My name is John Scrimgeour. I'm married to my best friend Margaret. We're proud to have raised our family in the Western Bay of Plenty which they still call home. We have a diverse agricultural/horticultural business.

I have served on, and led numerous community and industry organisations.

For the last nine years I have had the privilege of representing the Maketu-Te Puke ward on council. I have chaired several of council's key committees and am currently Deputy-Mayor. I am a qualified RMA commissioner with a chair endorsement. As the only councillor with this qualification I am required to chair council's District Plan and Regulatory Hearings committees and hearings for Resource Consent applications. These and other responsibilities have enabled me to connect a range of people from other councils and parliamentarians.

I am a pragmatist with the ability to work and negotiate with people of different views to get decisions made.

Andy Wichers

Nominated for:
Councillor
Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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Andy Wichers

Nominated for:
Councillor
,
Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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Find me at: andywichers.com and facebook.com/AndyWichersforCouncil

LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: The weather, the scenery, the people, the opportunities – it is a great place to work, live and raise a family.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: I love problem solving whether that is how to fix something physical i.e. an engine or appliance or less tangible i.e. how to make a situation better. I enjoy research and taking the opportunity to explore, understand and try new things.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: I am currently enjoying the walking track in Te Puke – Te Ara Kahikitea Pathway. It is a great local exercise spot.

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. I had several people ask me to run – it was not something I had considered so it really got me thinking. I genuinely care about people and want to help create a place for my family, friends and community living in the TePuke/Maketu region. 2. I have committed a lot of time to community clubs, church and school Board of Trustees over the years and I wanted to continue to be available to help my local community – this seemed a next step.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: My experience working in this community across a broad range means I do engage with a lot of different people. I have spent the last 12 years on local school boards, this has taught me about governance, community engagement, being a representative and making a difference. I also enjoy learning and research with the intention of working through issues to come up with solutions that make it better. I am a committed team player and enjoy engaging with diverse points of view and the contributions of all to shape positive change. I am good at keeping things moving and getting stuff done. I know I can’t please everyone but will make sure I listen and understand before important decisions are made. This is very important to me. Your voice matters, you will be heard and I will do my best to represent you.

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: I highly value the input of local tangata whenua. I have spent time making relationships within the Maori community and from experience know that authentic engagement leads to better outcomes. I don’t think the concept of 50/50 “co-governance” is the way forward. However, ensuring that elected representatives take the time to understand Te Ao Maori is important and very rewarding.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Being evidence based to change. Being realistic in the approach and understanding the implications of proposed solutions.

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: Getting a good understanding of the issues so the needs and issues are represented in a balanced way.

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: This is of interest to me. I have been involved in youth work/ mentoring. I know there is a strong grass roots desire for the youth in Te Puke, so exploring opportunities to support development is exciting.

Andy Wichers has lived in Te Puke for 27 years. He and his wife have enjoyed raising their four children in this community. Andy has taken opportunities to be involved - serving on the junior football committee and three different school boards and various youth programs.

Andy's background in farming, the trades, owning businesses, directorships and working within the horticulture and dairy industries have helped him interact with many people and gain multifaceted skills and experience.

Andy listens well and is a calm and reasonable man who seeks first to understand, with the strength of character, mindset, and drive to get things done. His desire to run for council is from a genuine care for people and the needs of those he would represent.

Kim Williams

Nominated for:
Councillor
Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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Kim Williams

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Councillor
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Maketu-Te Puke Ward
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It heartens me to know that WBOPDC has committed to take up the challenge of 'GENERATION CHANGE'. It is time.

Our district encompasses many diversities naturewise just as it does with population diversity, and more than ever we must each take responsibility for this space, our place, into the future. This starts with every individual embracing change and contributing positively in their own way to our communities in order for us to succeed and grow our environment together for generations to come.

My governance experience, funds and property management along with professional networks to community and business involvement, more than well equip me for the wide-ranging tasks which lay ahead of us.

My pledge to you is simple: I will listen, speak up, stand up and truly represent you. We will take the journey and make these changes happen together.

I AM 'Generation Change'.

VOTE KIM WILLIAMS, Te Puke-Maketū Ward

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WAIHĪ BEACH

Ross Goudie

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Community Board
Waihī Beach
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Ross Goudie

Nominated for:
Community Board
,
Waihī Beach
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Q&A

LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: I love the urban/rural mix and the weather

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Plenty of places to go and working for the community is great.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Waihi Beach is our slice of paradise.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: Continue working for the community at Waihi Beach. Meeting interesting people from many places and interesting backgrounds.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: 12 years on WBOPDC and 3yrs on Waihi Beach Community Board. I have great knowledge of the Waihi beach issues and as a ex Dairy Farmer have experienced many challenges in business and life.

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: Unity, all parts of the community working together
Respect, value the different points of view and different life experiences to make a better future.
Knowledge, understanding  the rich history of all people goes a long way to have social cohesion.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: The District Plan is Key. Where we build in the future is so important. Also plan for secure connections in the future within our communities and between them. A well planned community, with good safe housing, work and services will flourish in the future.

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: Look after the present ratepayers first, re services and rates and only grow without impact on the present ratepayers. Growth should pay for Growth and try to get as much central Govt funding as possible.

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: Supporting education/training and work locally. Regular [twice a year] update from schools direct to council/community boards. Supporting school programs and higher learning.

Hi,

I am Ross Goudie and live in the Waihi Beach/Katikati Ward. I wish to stand for the Waihi Beach Community Board again. I'm passionate about our Waihi Beach Community. I have served as Councillor for Waihi Beach, then Community Board Chairman for the last 3 yrs. I am very familiar with Beach issues.

In the last 3 years the Community Board has made major inroads into local issues. We now have a vibrant Livewell Waihi Beach project, put our library upgrade on Council's agenda and got the Athenree walkway/cycleway to consenting stage. Extending our internal cycleways, plus progressing a connection to Waihi is a priority. However, with the District Plan imminent, we need our village plan updating, also flooding, and climate change issues need addressing. Waihi Beach is growing, and infrastructure needs are becoming apparent.

I wish to continue serving my community. I ask for your support.

Heather Marie Guptill

Nominated for:
Community Board
Waihī Beach
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Heather Marie Guptill

Nominated for:
Community Board
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Waihī Beach
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Heather and her family have lived in the Waihi Beach area for 20 years, attending schools, preschools and being part of many organisations within the area.

Heather is a business owner who employs six staff members, and a Celebrant.

The last twenty years or so has seen a change in Waihi Beach from a sleepy little beachside village to a more permanent community with engaged residents who want their little piece of paradise to be the best place to live. This has meant a start to developing reserves into usable areas for all the family along with facilities to support our residents.

With the high rates we pay here, Heather sees ensuring the infrastructure is in place to cope with an increase in population, along with continuing to develop our community to support all ages and members of the family as her main focus.

Alan Kurtovich

Nominated for:
Community Board
Waihī Beach
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Alan Kurtovich

Nominated for:
Community Board
,
Waihī Beach
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LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Swimming and Surfing at Waihi Beach, Walking the dogs on the Beach.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Waihi Beach

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: To make sure that all the Communities needs at Waihi Beach are met by the Council, in a fair and equable way. Difficult to promote change from outside, I believe I can make a better difference from within the Community Board.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: Local Business owner with several years within Corporate Business in NZ. Strong understanding of governance and a clear communicator.

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: Working hard together to make sure we create a relationship that has open communication and generates value both for Iwi and the Community.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: The Council needs to form its own opinion re Climate change and not rely on sole direction from Central Government.

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: Have people within the Council that are able understand the Communities requirements.

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: Ensure there are programs and facilities within each community to keep young people engaged.

Waihi Beach has been an important part of my life and the life of my family. Having spent 25 years holidaying here and the past 5 years as a permanent resident and business owner. I feel well and truly part of the community.

I have always taken a keen interest in the growth and development of our beautiful town and was invited by the Western Bay Council to take part in the last review of the Waihi Beach 10 year plan in 2019.

Having sat on the side lines for the past 5 years I feel now is the right time for me to step forward and bring new ideas and initiatives to the council. I will not be afraid to ask difficult questions especially in discussions that affect the growth and development of our area.

I look forward to representing our community.

Alan Kurtovich

Standing for Waihi Beach Community Board

Ariana Nikora

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Community Board
Waihī Beach
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Ariana Nikora

Nominated for:
Community Board
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Waihī Beach
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Find me at: arianawaihibeach.co.nz and facebook.com/arianawaihibeach2022

LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: The people!

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Snowboarding adventures!

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: I can’t pick one, so here’s three that each brings a different kind of joy. 1. Running the Trigg Track 2. Swimming with my daughter at Sapphire Springs 3. Sipp’n a hot drink at the Surf Shack or Bowentown Beach Holiday Park.

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. I’ve worked in the Community and Volunteer sector for the last three years, which has given me many positive experiences. Running for my Community Board is a natural next step in contributing to my community. 2. To bring a fresh, younger and experienced voice to the table.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: There’s lots of cool things I’ve learnt from working in Community-Led Development that would give so much value to our Community Board. These include how to support your community to achieve their goals, showing that young people can transform their communities, and developing action plans to measure and celebrate wins. I bring clarity to discussions and simplify processes to help get things done. My professional background is in corporate marketing and operations. These skills from professional roles are a bonus - the real good stuff is my experience from many years of volunteer leadership being a part of wellbeing initiatives with local iwi and in high-deprivation communities.

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: When tangata whenua and tangata Tiriti (a person of the Treaty) work alongside one another from the get-go in a reciprocal spirit of respect and collaboration to achieve equitable outcomes.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Firstly, amplify the great initiatives that are already happening in our community to address climate concerns. Secondly, where there are gaps, the council can support the development of new ideas with:
- Providing strategic planning opportunities
- Incentivising collaboration so all voices can be heard and considered (including those in the community already doing this work)
- Support a joint effort in community climate education and organisational capability development as a practical action

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: My focus would be on the next generation and the effects on them. Lasting solutions, not quick fixes.

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: Young people are becoming more engaged in social and political issues, particularly climate change, cost of living and affordable housing, wellbeing, career pathways and work opportunities. When making decisions that affect their future, we need to ensure we have board members who can represent their voices at the table. This is a key strength I can bring. If I am successful, I will be the youngest board member. I can comfortably engage with local rangatahi and bring balance to the Waihi Beach Community Board with a fresh, youthful perspective.

Ko Mauao te maunga

Ko Awanui te moana

Ko Waiau te awa

Ko Mataatua te waka

Ko Ngāi Te Rangi te iwi

Ko Tauwhao te hapū

Ko Otawhiwhi te marae

E noho ana au ki Otawhiwhi ināianei

I carry a passion for meaningful and impactive mahi that advance the interests of my community. I work in Community-Led Development and the actions of my mahi seek to fulfill the aspirations that the community set out for our area and its people. I have a corporate marketing and operations background, as well as many years of volunteer leadership experience in wellbeing initiatives, both with local iwi and in high deprivation communities.

He aha te mea nui o te ao

What is the most important thing in the world?

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

It is the people, it is the people, it is the people!

Don Ryan

Nominated for:
Community Board
Waihī Beach
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Don Ryan

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Community Board
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Waihī Beach
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My wife (Catherine) and I have owned a property at Waihi Beach since 1987.

I've been a member of the Waihi Beach Community Board for the past three years. I'm hoping that I can continue to work with other members of the Community Board, Councillors, and Council employees, to ensure that the Waihi Beach, Bowentown, and Athrenee communities continue to be listened to, so as the wider area remains an attractive environment for current and future ratepayers.

My background is in Chartered Accountancy having been a partner in an international accounting firm, practising in Hamilton, with further experience as a Director and Company Secretary with a Manufacturing Company. More recently I've been involved in Consultancy roles with some Charitable Organisations having accounting, taxation and governance responsibilities.

I have been on various New Zealand Accountants Society Committees, Treasurer and President of a Sports Club and a Trustee on a School Board.

Dani Simpson

Nominated for:
Community Board
Waihī Beach
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Dani Simpson

Nominated for:
Community Board
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Waihī Beach
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Find me at: daniforwaihibeach.com, facebook.com/daniforwaihibeach and linkedin.com/in/dani-simpson/

LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: The laid back lifestyle, our stunning beaches, beautiful produce, and the unique communities that make up our region.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: In summer there’s a good chance you’ll find me enjoying a swim at Anzac Bay. That’s my all-time favourite spot to enjoy the water and, conveniently, it’s a 5-minute walk from our home.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Any of our pristine beaches – Waihi Beach, Orokawa Bay, Shelly Bay. Being near or in the sea is my family’s and my happy place. Being a former Hamiltonian, I never take for granted living on the coast.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: As a small, but rapidly growing community, I believe it’s important that we manage growth sensibly and sustainably so as to enable development, provide much-needed amenity for residents and visitors, but that we also maintain our unique beachside character.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: As a former community newspaper editor, I’ve seen firsthand the importance of a community working together to understand how it’s growing and how to manage that sustainably, particularly with the next generation in mind.

I also understand the value in listening and undertaking genuine engagement with the community at the very beginning of an idea or process – not halfway through or a cursory conversation at the end. It must start at the beginning and elected members must go in with an open mind.

I have governance experience both as the chair of the Student Residence Trust Aotearoa (which operates the student accommodation facilities for Wintec) and as a member of the Breast Cancer Research Trust.

I’ve built my career and my communications business on effective communication and trusted long-term relationships; those are elements I’ll bring to the role.

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: As with any part of the community, I believe an effective partnership begins with open and frequent dialogue. That is to say, genuine engagement and korero to ensure that tangata whenua have an avenue to actively contribute at a local government level and their views and contributions help inform policy, objectives and outcomes.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: I believe it’s important for Council to partner with experts to understand the issues we’re grappling with now and into the future so we can plan for that. In parallel, there are a multitude of NGOs and ‘for purpose’ organisations in our region that are doing a superb job – such as Sustainable Waihi Beach – to ensure the long-term sustainability of our communities. It makes sense to partner with and to support them to effect change.

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: Community input is vital in this but so too is having access to quality empirical and quantitative data that supports what the community is seeing and is telling us. For example, how is our population growing? How quickly? Who’s moving here? What demographics make up our community and is that changing? Data provides us with a better understanding of who we are, changes we’re facing and how we move forward.

Also, planning matters! Smart urban planning can not only solve challenges but can help ensure we make the most of what our location offers. Smart urban planning looks at today and tomorrow, but also what our long-term future looks like.

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: There’s real value in ensuring rangatahi have a voice. From personal experience, that’s not generally in a formal setting. Rather, it’s set up in away that they feel comfortable to bring their ideas to the table and they feel their views are genuinely valued and their contribution worthwhile. There are many excellent youth-focused organisations that could provide a link with youth in our District; it would be worth considering a partnership model to ensure youth voices are heard and acted on by Council.

Formerly of Hamilton, my family and I have now made Waihi Beach our home. We love the lifestyle and the people we've met here and I'd love to give back to the community that has welcomed us so warmly.

I have several years of governance experience including chairing the Student Residence Trust Aotearoa and on the board of the Breast Cancer Research Trust. I run my public relations and communications consultancy from our home in Bowentown, working with clients around New Zealand including in a pro bono capacity locally, providing communications services to Sustainable Waihi Beach. I pride myself on being an active member of the community and look forward to being your voice on the community board.

Reon Tuanau

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Community Board
Waihī Beach
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Reon Tuanau

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Community Board
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Waihī Beach
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Ko Mauao me Hikurangi ngā maunga

Ko Tauranga te moana

Ko Mataatua te waKa

Ko Ngāi Te Rangi te Iwi

Ko Te Whänau a Tauwhao te Hapū

Kei Otawhiwhi te marae . . . . tihei mauriora!

I stand proud of my heritage and am blessed to be tangata whenua of Waihi Beach. I am the current Chairperson for the marae and hold representative mandates for the WBOPDC Māori Forum and for Environmental matters.

I believe in community kotahitanga (unity) and whanaungatanga (relationships). The past couple of years has been hard on us all. It is time to come together as Waihi Beach and work towards caring for our treasure we all call home.

We need a future aimed at sustaining a true balance of Environmental, Social, Cultural, Economic well-being for Waihi Beach.

KATIKATI

John Clements

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Community Board
Katikati
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John Clements

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Community Board
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Katikati
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LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: Its sense of community, the scenery and the weather – they are all very special.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: My wife and I are keen walkers and love the Bird Walk in particular. I enjoy sport, reading and wildlife.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: The District is beautiful and there are many special places. Waihi Beach is stunning along with Anzac Bay, the Bird Walk, wetlands and the estuary are very attractive, Plummers Point is a fabulous walk and then you have Tect – all have a unique and special appeal.

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. I enjoyed the contribution that I made to the community whilst on the Community Board with the Community Plan and Town Plan. 2. I have business skills including strategic thinking, finance, leadership and efficiency and a global perspective which is essential.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: As mentioned I have business skills - strategic thinking, financial management and a global perspective. I have served on boards and been a member of the Institute of Directors. I also believe in values led organisation – principles and values that are shared by the community.

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: The Treaty of Waitangi is an amazing document when you consider it was signed in 1840 and the crown acknowledged everyone would be treated equally. In those days the Crown had extensive colonies yet recognized the right for everyone to be equal before the law. This was significantly far sighted when one looks at the diversity of the modern New Zealand yet that principle still holds and is upheld in the Bill of Rights. Showing respect, treating everyone equally and engaging with tangata whenua and the rest of the residents and build the community together.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: I suggest the first place to start is to measure where the District is as a whole. Several years ago I suggested using the Integrated Reporting framework as a globally accepted framework for sustainable development. The Council also needs to plan for the future – this is the District structure plan with infrastructure, housing and water resources. It also needs to look at which legacy infrastructure is at risk, including housing, and have a policy on this.

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: Managing growth and development for the future is also linked to the anticipated changing climate. It has to have an integrated approach. The focus would be based on the District Structure Plan overlaid with the climate impact and would cover infrastructure, housing (and the nature of housing), parks, reserves, transport and other amenities.

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: I do not see the youth or rangatahi as one amorphous group but a diverse group based on age, interests, skills and cultures. My approach would be to address the unique needs of each segment. I would promote the concept of a  Youth Council and this would allow the young leaders to have a voice for their community. The Youth Council would meet on a quarterly basis and would be encouraged to discuss the issues faced by Council and by the residents and then present their suggestions to Council. The District tends to be rural, although urban sprawl is changing this, so working with schools to support them when youth events are held in Tauranga would encourage them to engage in these activities.

Katikati resident John Clements is a member of the Waihi Beach / Katikati Ward Community Board and it seeking election to the Community Board.

John believes the community board is a crucial part of localism and is the starting point for democracy. He will focus on vibrant communities and systems that encourage and facilitate local engagement.

John has had senior roles in large corporates and run his own business undertaking international consulting with the main focus on leadership and productivity. I have experience in creating pathways for education and strong communities and I believe this experience will benefit Western Bay of Plenty ratepayers. In recent years I have worked on the Community and Town Plan for Katikati and community endeavours to encourage economic growth.

I believe I have the experience and leadership skills to look to the future and encourage democracy in the area while continuing to build strong communities.

Nisha Duncan

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Community Board
Katikati
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Nisha Duncan

Nominated for:
Community Board
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Katikati
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I am a young mother of two who has relocated to a Katikati avocado orchard having been connected to Katikati for over 20 years. My father is a successful local businessman and my siblings are well known contributors to the community. I have a wealth of business and volunteer experience in different sectors which enables me to contribute to good community board decisionmaking.

I've worked for medical start-up companies and cofounded the Eco Villa; an award winning accommodation business in the heart of Christchurch. I trained as an outdoor education instructor and have worked with youth for many years in the outdoors and youth prison. I stand for personal responsibility and empowering people to make positive decisions for themselves.

I support local decision making and local ownership of assets. I am a strategic visionary thinker and strive to contribute to a vibrant and inclusive community. Please VOTE for Nisha.

Andy Earl

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Katikati
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LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: The coastline/beach and rivers.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: I like art and I have been on the Rugby Club committee for three years.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Waihi Beach

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: Things for our area are not being addressed. I want to help locals. I have run the Katikati Area Road page for 5 years. I started a page called KK Area – Support Local Business Community & Roading. It has become clear that people are not really being listened to, with their needs.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: I was born and raised here. Lived in Rotorua. Had businesses in Katikati/Mt Maunganui and Rotorua. I am an excellent communicator. I like to help the community to develop and grow, collectively.

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: Working collaboratively, as one. Te Reo being brought back into education, like it used to be.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Ok. This is from a personal experience. The govt wants climate change control, but won’t do a 4 lane highway from Tga to Katikati/Waihi. They are fencing the highway and restricting traffic flow, which will mean cars stuck in traffic. Emitting pollution. EV cars are good. I have continually tried for an ev charging point in Kati. No-one had any clue about it.

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: Omokoroa and Plummers Point are going to merge into one soon. Katikati is being developed as we speak. We need a bypass, to get the heavy vehicles out of the cbd…. Retail needs to develop here as well, or else we are going to have population growth with no infrastructure development….. Also super important to keep our Mural & Art profile at the forefront, for tourism.

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: I took 3 months out of my business last year, to work as a teacher aide at school. The need for youth development was apparent. Keeping them in to sport or development is so important. Career studies for youth is important, as activities to keep them in a group, learning environment.

Hi there.

I am Andy Earl. Born and raised in Katikati.

Owned an insurance adviser business for 8 years and a sign business for 14. Committee member of the rugby and sports club for 3 years. Lived in Rotorua for 15 years but came back here 3 years ago. I started Katikati area support local business to help businesses through those tricky times - ran the road page for 5 years.

I really would like to see local government and council progress our town and infrastructure into a "must see" destination and a progressive place for people to live and prosper in. Something I feel is being taken away. It'll be awesome to help you all.

Donna Hannah

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Katikati
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Donna Hannah

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Katikati
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LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: He Tangata, it is the people

The people are what I love in Western Bay, they make the community that I enjoy living in.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: I have many varied hobbies, from working with my husband on our lifestyle block. Spending time with family. Learning new skills, crafts and information

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: I love the beaches, the parks, the markets, the events, getting out and enjoying the life in the Bay. The different places hold special memories made with family and friends.

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. Youth need to have space to grow develop and learn how to work and live within our community.

2. Elderly need to be empowered to get involved and create new relationships within the community, adding to our community diversity

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: I have worked with digitally challenged older and younger people, enabling and empowering them to do more in the digital world. Listening to what others may need, and finding solutions that work for their specific and individual requirements.

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: Success is listening to tangata whenua, listening to all voices, acknowledging their specific requests and then working together towards a solution that all partners are willing to accept as a solution.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Being prepared in open communication, listening, understanding, acknowledging, and when in doubt confirming, accepting compromise may be a solution. Creating an open and transparent partnership, that accepts that all parties have valued opinions.

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: Consultation with the community. They are the ones who are most aware of the barriers to growth for them on an individual area. Value opinions that may not conform with the current plan. Council needs to embrace change, what was planned may not be the desired outcome as we move into the future. Adjust, rethink, re-evaluate.

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: Empowering youth, give them a voice, let them be heard and then embrace change. Remove barriers, look for solutions from youth. Spend time discussing bigger picture ideas from youth. Create forums that allow free speech and ideas, show that these are heard and acted on.

My name is Donna Hannah - I am open-minded, an optimist, a reformed perfectionist, and selfmotivated with leadership tendencies. Add to that a lifelong learner who has accumulated bachelor degrees, diplomas, and certificates but still enjoys learning.

My principal place of residence is in the Katikati Ward. I will be seeking election for the Katikati Community Board and the Katikati-Waihī Beach Ward.

My husband and I have five adult children who attended the local schools, and got their first jobs in local businesses. Our grandchildren will follow in their footsteps.

My top three priorities are youth, elderly and local business, because if all three are empowered our community will thrive.

Change happens when perseverance and resilience overcome the obstacles of life.

What and who make changes, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata! It is the people, it is the people, it is the people. We do! We make change together!

Norm Mayo

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Katikati
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Norm Mayo

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Katikati
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Good principals have not changed! Rates and affordability and justification are a major issue, and council, through community boards, must take a sensitive view of affordability. Policy that supports "one country, one law, one people, must be paramount! Central govt. via local govt. must have a greater affinity and compassion, for ordinary people. That is non negotiable! That is a corner stone of democracy, our people fought for years for this principal.

I had 10 years on the power board, helped get second power line to Katikati for electrical security for developing kiwifruit industry. On TECT for 4 years, council 12 years, opposed hugely restrictive subdivision rules - succeeded. 10 years fire brigade, foundation member rotary, later lions.

5th generation in Katikati, family on 2 murals. Love the place, will fight for public principals.

Regards, Norm.

Teresa Sage

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Katikati
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Teresa Sage

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Katikati
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I am a wife and mother of 3 children, a qualified nurse and counsellor with an awareness of the issues and needs of each generation. After living in Omokoroa for 20 years, my family are relocating to the Katikati district, and I bring six years of community board experience, including being the chair of Omokoroa community board.

It takes experience and knowledge of the council, its workings, employees, and the community to ensure that Katikati gets the best value from the WBOPDC.

By already serving on the board this experience, and through my professional training and active involvement with interest groups, I will advocate for Katikati's needs and ensure we maintain Katikati as a priority area for WBOPDC.

I will ensure that Katikati obtains the developments it needs for a thriving, growing community whilst ensuring that no individuals/minorities suffer. I will ensure community consultation and input occurs.

Mabel Wharekawa-Burt

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Katikati
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Mabel Wharekawa-Burt

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Katikati
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Kia Ora Tatou

I ask humbly for your Vote & Support to serve our community.

My passion is to build Community capacity through uniting agencies and groups through positive activity

and participation.

I believe I have skills to offer a diverse range of activity. I have Academic & Tertiary Qualifications, I am invested with MNZM (NZ Order of Merit) I am a J.P. I have multicultural experience and on return to NZ have served in the community.

I was elected to KKCollege Board of Trustees, have been advisor to University Programmes and a Polytechnic Lecturer. I have held many varied Director positions, I have business experience but am enriched by a community service.

My passion for community and Unity is fuelled by a 40 yr marriage to George Burt, my maori whakapapa, my strong family values, and a sense of small town resilience. Thank you and Kia Ora

Kamal Yadav

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Katikati
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Kamal Yadav

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Katikati
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My family has been living here in Katikati as ratepayers for over 16 years. Having known this beautiful home town for several year's prompted me to put forward my name for this role.

My business background is helpful for the community organisations achieving goals, also my community experience has given me a deep understanding of the Katikati community as a whole and made me think about issues that matter to local ratepayers - such as Roading, Rates, and future development of Katikati.

I'll work with others, to achieve the aspirations and vision for our town.

What do you think is the most pressing issue in the Western Bay district? Youth is our future and their participation in building community is very critical for any town to flourish in right direction.

The second most important issue is the infrastructure and services offered here are very limited for this town to grow.

ŌMOKOROA

Ben Bell

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Ōmokoroa
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Ben Bell

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Ōmokoroa
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Since moving to Omokoroa in 2011, I have been lucky to have been involved in our local community in a number of capacities. I was part of the Omokoroa Community Skate Group (who drove the WBOPDC Omokoroa Skate Path and Western Ave Playground project), I have served as President of Omokoroa Football Club for the past 5 years, and been a representative of the Board of Trustees for Omokoroa No. 1 School for 6 years.

Throughout this time, I have enjoyed working as a conduit between our local community and related agencies (councils, government organisations, regional and national bodies), and hope, that by being elected as a member of the Omokoroa Community Board, I can continue to champion our community to our local council.

John Dyer

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Community Board
Ōmokoroa
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John Dyer

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Ōmokoroa
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Born Lower Hutt. Graduate Royal Military College, Duntroon. Aust Electrical mechanical Engineer NZ. Army. Served in Vietnam.

Executive Director Master Builders Association Auckland from 1977-1987.

Self Employed in home fabrics

CEO Hearing Association Auckland

Manager Older persons Community Centre, Rotorua.

1980s Served one term as City Councillor - City of East Coast Bays as Chairman of the Works Committee.

2010 Served one term as Member of the Rotorua Lakes Committee Board.

Fellow of the Institute of Management Member of Tauranga RSA.

Richard Gerrish

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Ōmokoroa
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Richard Gerrish

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Ōmokoroa
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I have lived in Ömokoroa for eight years with my wife and two children. I am passionate about our community and have been actively involved in numerous community groups including local football and cricket clubs and the Ömokoroa Sport and Recreation Society.

My local achievements include being a treasurer, past chairperson and current manager of the senior branch of the Ömokoroa Cricket Club. Getting two artificial wickets installed locally and currently championing installation of cricket nets. I have been chairperson of the Ömokoroa Sport and Recreation Society for almost four years (stepped aside this month). I successful managed the Sports Pavilion build, delivering it under budget.

I bring a wealth of experience in governance and have excellent financial management skills through my work in construction cost management. I bring a level head and pragmatic approach and feel I can benefit our community board with my knowledge, skills, and passion for our community.

Allan Hughes

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Ōmokoroa
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Allan Hughes

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Ōmokoroa
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LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: The beach, the Kaimais, this Omokoroa Community of ours.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Being Poppa to our grandchildren. Supporting MenzShed Omokoroa.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: The Kaimais – being in this natural environment of ours, seeing and hearing Fantail, Tui, Kereru and Kaka.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: I believe that the strength of any society is in being connected, looking out for each other. I can and will bring my experience, skills, and commitment to build those connections, to build that strength.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: The ability to work with people to achieve significant goals, even in the most challenging of environments.

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: Building consensus and outcomes that work for both tangata whenua and other stakeholders within this community.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: To build stronger consensus that enables us to best manage our present and our future – the future for our children and grandchildren.

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: We cannot necessarily stop growth.  Through engaging with, and listening to, each other we can build outcomes that work better for all.

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: Our world is a more complex place. If we do not look after and engage with our rangatahi then this quote from Elie Wiesel could apply “When adults wage war, children perish.”  Conflicts affect everyone involved.  My experience, my passion, is to build successful outcomes through connection and engagement.

JP, MBS (Dispute Resolution).

I live in Omokoroa. I am passionate about this special place and future. My career has been in HR, Employment Relations, and Mediation, and includes:

Head of Employee Relations at Shell Todd, during the $1 billion Maui B Construction Project; Employment Relations Manager, and then Acting Head of Human Resources, at Capital and Coast Health Board, while the Board was under statutory management; Mediating over 1,000 employment disputes.

I currently work part-time, helping schools with their employment issues, including managing through Covid.

I am an active tramper, reader, and Secretary of MenzShed Omokoroa. Family and wider connections are very important to me.

My goal is to make Omokoroa a special place, balancing growth with keeping our village. My skills are in: building consensus and successful outcomes, and building communities of interest, even, and especially, in complex environments.

Greig Neilson

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Community Board
Ōmokoroa
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Greig Neilson

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Ōmokoroa
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LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: The Western Bay is the perfect place to raise a family, and then enjoy the years that follow!

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Everything to do with kids’ sports, plus getting out on the water and into the Kaimai bush.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: So hard to choose! Anywhere with a nice view and some peace and quiet to contemplate life.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: I have a keen interest in ensuring that our community retains the things that make Ōmokoroa a great place to live and play as growth accelerates. We need to ensure that the needs of all demographics are met, from our youngest children to our seniors.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: My background in central government, added to the experience I have gained in community groups and leading the Ōmokoroa Point School Board of Trustees will stand me in good stead.

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: Success for any local government endeavour ensures that all parties have a chance to participate in the conversations that matter. It is important that consultation is meaningful and appropriate, not just a tick-box exercise.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Council has a leadership role to play in modelling effective behaviours that contribute to reducing emissions. This isn’t about forcing change in others, but showing what can be done easily and effectively. Whilst the world becomes smarter about remissions, we need to ensure that we build resilient infrastructure to handle the increasing number of severe weather events.

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: My focus is on the practical aspects of community life. Are the footpaths and streets wide enough? Is there ready access for walkers, cyclists, scooters and vehicles to the places they need to go? Is there enough green space for active and passive recreation? Are there enough community facilities across the age ranges within our town?

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: The most important thing is to genuinely listen and actively respond. Our skate path and domain redevelopment are great examples or engaging face-to-face with young people. We haven’t yet engaged with teens to find out what they think. We need to first ask then how they want to engage, and then make that engagement happen.

For almost five years I have held the position of Chair of Omokoroa Point School. In that role I have enjoyed contributing to the success of our school through my leadership skills, strategic thinking and passion for achieving great outcomes for our school community. I will bring these same attributes to the Community Board, enhancing the success of the broader community as we face the challenges ahead.

Beyond the school, I'm a keen participant in community organisations. With children aged 10 and 12, I have an interest in developing neighbourhoods where children can enjoy the same lifestyle that we enjoyed growing up in New Zealand.

Previously, I held a senior public service role in Wellington, developing contracting strategies, writing policies and reviewing funding systems. I now work alongside schools, designing and administering school bus networks around New Zealand.

My principal place of residence is in the Omokoroa ward.

Peter Presland

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Ōmokoroa
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Peter Presland

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Ōmokoroa
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LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: Outdoors on our doorstep, fishing, cycling, hunting, walking/tramping

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Boating.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Tauranga Harbour or outside the entrance [see above]

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: As an incumbent Board member continue to understand and reflect the needs of our community on the peninsular and advocate for our community. Sincere and genuine passion for our community, that as a community we must be strongly represented to Council

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: Values driven- Do What’s Right, Proud of Our Community, Make Things Happen

Leadership- have led large teams the past15 years, last 5 years as Area Manager for FMG in the BOP

Experience- 3 years on the Omokoroa Point School Board of Trustees, then past two terms on the Omokoroa Community Board

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: My ancestors came from Europe, landed in Dunedin round 1843, went farming, figured it out as they had to. I am a by-product of that; a white middle-aged male, now trying to figure out what is entailed by‘ effective partnership with tangata whenua’. Whanau, our land and the sea that surrounds us are all things that matter greatly to my whanau. Are we wholly different? Perhaps not, perhaps we just need to understand one another’s perspective and actively listen.

I have my ideas on what effective partnership means, I try to live and breathe it professionally 7 days a week, starts with being fair and equitable, treating others as you yourself would want to be treated, recognizing we are all in this together. But also, recognition of Maori perspective, so how would that influence or alter a direction of change.

But I’m against ‘tokenism’ so for example writing mahi/work, we need to be better than that, as an elected Community Board member my role is to ensure fair representation for all our ratepayers. And am keen to discuss along the way as to what that means by way of outcomes as we move forward together.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Work collaboratively with industries with skin in the game, for example Insurers, Government, Private Partnership to discontinue developing coastal residential, retain it in the natural state get smarter on where and how we develop tracts of land, plus support improving current residential to flood proof property again with partners

Continue to build cycling and harbour infrastructure [ferries] to encourage communities to look for viable alternatives, move away from a reliance on motor vehicles

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: Key points for mine [in addition to those noted above] on the Omokoroa peninsular would be] ensure central government are developing all major infrastructure ahead of continued development, slow development as necessary, developers are paying the actual cost to develop additional land, Council desists with social housing contracts, whereby we are building social housing miles away from places of work, is the peninsular the ideal site for large social developments

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: First up I congratulate all involved on the‘ Generation Change’ theme, making local government more relevant to future generations. There is no doubt the future of work, the way my sons see things, how they choose to communicate proof there is no linear line in our lives.

So flex to their needs, ask them how they want to ‘have their say’ ask them what role they want Council to perform in their lives, lesser or greater, what amenities and services they will value, how we can support them to stay in our community, have a community that is relevant to them, as we want our youngest and brightest to hang around, be next gen ratepayers!

Omokoroa has been our families' home for the past 14 years. It is without doubt the best place we have ever lived; it is the place we chose to raise our family.

I have served on the Omokoroa Point School Board of Trustees followed by 2 terms on the Omokoroa Community Board. I have always sought to give back to the community on the peninsular through a desire to see it continue to thrive counterbalanced by a good dose of 'oldschool' values.

Omokoroa is predominantly safe, is largely a connected community, surrounded by a great mix of amenities both natural and man-made. For some in our community recent urban development has placed in jeopardy the aformentioned-old school values, hence my usage of adverbs such as predominantly or largely.

I want to continue to serve our community, to ensure we protect and maintain those values that drew us all to the peninsular, so I ask you for your vote, for your trust so that we can continue to maintain Omokoroa as the best place to live.

Puran Singh

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Ōmokoroa
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Puran Singh

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LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: The diversity, and the friendly people

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Spending time with family, and taking a walk down the beach.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Omokoroa

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. To support more businesses in the community to thrive.

2. To listen and address the safety concerns in the community to support a healthier safer community

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: I have lived in New Zealand for 30 years, of which most of the time I have lived in the Bay. I have run a vast number of jobs and businesses in Tauranga including my own dairy, taxi driver, horticulture and now operating a food business. Using this knowledge I have seen the changes in the bay and I understand the changing market and the increase in diversity of the Bay. I myself have faced the challenges that have occurred during COVID-19 times. My family and I have provided food support for people in need during these difficult years. Safety is my concern and there is a need for a presence of police and/or police stations in Omokoroa.

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: Success is about collaboration and meeting of the minds.  All people from all groups including Tangata whenua need to be heard and united.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Information is key. The more informed us locals are the more we can all do to pitch in and make a change.

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: My focus is the SH2 intersection. Our roads need to be able to meet the needs of us locals. SH2 must be four laned from Te Puna to Omokoroa. We should settle for nothing less.

I want to see sporting facilities enhanced for all ages, in particular our young people. For example, Omokoroa tennis club needs 6 courts with a growing population and a growing club.

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: Young people are more likely to engage if they are heard. They need to be encouraged to participate and youth groups need to be formed so that they can air their voices. If youth feel that adults are listening then they will do more.

I came to New Zealand around 30 years ago, from that time I have seen the country develop in good ways and some not so good. I have extensive business and community leadership experience in Tauranga, and I would like to help Ömokoroa by giving them my dedication and willingness to listen and bring ideas forward to the community board. Over the years, I have built strong relationships in the Ömokoroa community including membership of the Ömokoroa Ratepayers Association and being elected on the community board will enable me to work for the community to support greater democracy, unity and a sense of community.

Matters that I will champion as a community board member are: Supporting a thriving business community; Addressing safety concerns to support a healthier, safer community; Being a strong voice for the upgrading roading networks; Listening and advocating for the needs of the community.

Christine Subritzky

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Community Board
Ōmokoroa
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Christine Subritzky

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Ōmokoroa
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A retired Human Resources and Organisational Development consultant with experience as a General Manager and a Board Member.

Tertiary Qualified with an MBA from Massey University, I have experience as both an internal and external consultant to a wide variety of Government, Local Government and commercial business organisations, gained when working as a consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Previous experience includes

Director of Sausage Software (Australia)

Board member and then Chairperson of Manningham

Community Health Service (VIC Australia)

Consultant responsible for Council Amalgamations in Queensland

Manager Parks and Recreation Rockhampton City Council

Director of the Pacific Forum Secretariat, Fiji

Head of NZ Elections from Auckland to Cape Reinga

Head of Census for South East Queensland

Manager Omokoroa for NZ Elections

Current Board Member for Tomoana Industrial Food Hub

I am offering my services as I am keen to see more women as decision makers and members of Boards.

EJ Weller

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Community Board
Ōmokoroa
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EJ Weller

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Community Board
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Ōmokoroa
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I've been a proud member of Ömokoroa Community for seven years. I have a background in secondary teaching, most recently at Katikati College. I live with my husband Kevin and our two sons, and I've been the primary caregiver since our eldest was born in 2017. Since that time I've been heavily involved with Ömokoroa Playcentre, including employment in the babies' programme, Space. I joined the Ömokoroa Point School PTA in 2022. Through the Space programme I have met dozens of families with new babies, all with the same need for community and a supportive network. If elected, I will work to ensure that Ömokoroa families and young people have a community in which they feel welcomed and supported.

MAKETU

Roger Cherry

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Community Board
Maketu
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Roger Cherry

Nominated for:
Community Board
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Maketu
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I had most of my early life in Warkworth (Northland) with schooling at Mahurangi College. Furthing education at Katikati college then later horticultural studies. I had a large part of my upbringing on the water around oyster farming and building boats which took us across many oceans.

I moved to Maketu 5 years ago and enjoy the quietness and friendliness of the community. Through the covid times I have carried out various maintenance jobs on many whanau properties in Maketu area.

Import topics I see.

Environment, improved boating access, community employment, community awareness around general house maintenance to prevent large expenses.

I enjoy challenging projects with a team approach to deliver effective and measured results.

Rewi Boy Corbett

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Community Board
Maketu
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Rewi Boy Corbett

Nominated for:
Community Board
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Maketu
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Raised in Maketu, attended Paengaroa Primary and Te Puke High School gave me foundation understanding of the diversity in our community.

First working locally within Forestry, Kiwifruit and AFFCO. Then overseas opportunities expanded this knowledge to include environmental impact. That exposure when I returned home had me seeing the need for sustainable environmental outcomes.

Kaitiakitanga Stewardship has for me included gaining a University of Waikato Bachelor of Science and diploma in environmental management. Current work/employment in Waikato University's Cultural Advisory, NIWA interviewer, DoC, Jobs for Nature Environmental contractor and Maketu Taiapure committee member involved and support these principles.

If elected I hope to also support local governing policy and Iwi aspiration for optimal outcomes. I'm a champion for the environment. My position is to be part of continued development in efficient, effective and economic versatility that serves the environment and it's people in these dynamic times.

Ngamihinui Rewi Boy Corbett

Tippany Hopping

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Community Board
Maketu
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Tippany Hopping

Nominated for:
Community Board
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Maketu
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LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: It is the hub of all things great and a hive of activity, everything you need is here. We are blessed with our beautiful coastline and climate.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Keeping active, as the health & wellbeing of me and my family are important.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Maketu of course!   The sunsets we have here in Maketu are amazing and different every day.

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. “Generation Change” campaign brings hope that Council will adapt and change to make quicker decisions to progress key projects for infrastructure & services. 2. Am local and want the best outcome for our community and future generations.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: My focus is on the future and solutions. Am naturally a change maker and keep pushing forward to achieve the outcomes required.

Able to understand technical / scientific information and translate it to have practical meaning and application.    

Understand problems and ensure solutions will be sustainable.

Have extensive project management skills which means creating business cases, managing budgets & timelines to deliver agreed outcomes.  

Enjoy working as part of teams, have good listening and communication skills.

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: Working together on shared visions of what is right for our future, to ensure collective resources are well utilized to deliver great outcomes for all.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Delays of key infrastructure projects results in higher costs and greater impact to our environment. Governance of Local Councils needs reviewing to optimize and streamline processes, to embrace more agile decision making to speed projects up.

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: Transport – remove traffic pain points and enhance flow and functionality of services. Wellbeing– ensure the facilities in each community board support the wellbeing of all.

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: Involve our rangatahi in planning their future.   Allocate grants or hold competitions whereby schools or tertiary education providers can partake in ideation sessions and then working through the design of these.

Maketu is our family home, I was raised here and attended Maketu Primary. I gained valuable life experience in the Johnston family vegetable gardens & farm, then left home to study Food Technology at University.

I've been employed in a range of companies from family owned through to large multinationals and with my diverse experience can offer a broad range of leadership, business development and project management skills. My natural ability to push forward by focusing on solutions and teamwork to get the job done.

My vision for our community is one of vibrancy whilst respecting our unique history. Ensuring our local resources are safe, clean, sustainable and functional for all to utilise as a priority. I have the drive and energy to push for change in the way our communities are run, just like two generations of Johnston's before me that have served on Maketu Community Board.

Laura Rae

Nominated for:
Community Board
Maketu
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Laura Rae

Nominated for:
Community Board
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Maketu
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LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: Love the coastal environment especially.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Any outdoors, love to walk the local beaches cleaning up rubbish anything satisfying like lawn mowing maintenance pest control weed control.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Always Home, Maketu.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: To promote youthful change . An even balance of both male and female and to have actual tangata whenua representation.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: Community connectiveness, active listener and a good memory. Basic knowledge of history and values

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: Success would be achieved when tangata whenua are asked/consulted first and not told about it afterwards . Successfully partnership always include tangata whenua and the mandated person too not some self appointed member.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Education around the things that we do know will happen.  Relocation methods where needed.  Financial support if need be. Preservation of what we do have such as sand dunes. Water quality air quality etc.

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: Making sure the proper infrastructure is in place first rather than later.  Eg school, health, green spaces.

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: Advocating of the youth is a big part of my role, as they are the future, including them in decision making especially around facilities that are for them, parks etc. Even just hearing there thoughts on some of the bigger issues. Educating them young about what council is and does makes a good start as it's a complex system even for adults to understand.

Kia Ora, my name is Laura Rae. Born and bred local resident of Maketu. Aged 32 of Maori descent, mother of three. I've just served my first three years on the board and loved every minute of it, mostly. Having a strong passion for all things Maketu is a huge bonus, when you care enough about something it shows with the time and effort you put in. It makes the task manageable for even the busiest of people. I am currently a biodiversity and restoration team leader for Maketu Ongatoro Wetland society. If re-elected I plan to continue being a strong active advocate, communicating back to the people as much as possible. I will continue to promote and encourage as much community involvement as possible. I like to think I've only just begun my journey and can only get better.

Thank you for your support.

Stephan Simpson

Nominated for:
Community Board
Maketu
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Stephan Simpson

Nominated for:
Community Board
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Maketu
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Ko Steve Simpson toku ingoa

Ko Ngati Whakaue ahau

Ko Maketu toku kainga

ACTION NOT WORDS

I have represented Maketu on the Community Board for the last three years.

During this time our team has completed: Arawa Avenue footpath; Cycleway on Maketu Road (Stage 1); Village security cameras; Williams Crescent kerbing; Lookout point seating; Developed 10 year Year plan for Maketu; Designed and erected Maketu new promotional signage.

WORK IN PROGRESS

Development of Maketu sports ground; Village murals; Fruit tree planting around the village; Improvements to the boat ramp; Spencer Avenue recreation area.

PERSONAL PASSIONS

Beautification of Maketu beach front; Rangatahi/Tamariki activities; Protect our environment and impact on Maketu.

I am a person who cares about our community and the unique lifestyle Maketu offers. I want to represent the people of Maketu with honesty and integrity and to keep our council honest.

Donna Walters

Nominated for:
Community Board
Maketu
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Donna Walters

Nominated for:
Community Board
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Maketu
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Ko Te Arawa te Waka,

Ko Te Arawa te iwi

Ko Ngati Whakaue te hapu

Ko Kaituna te Awa

Ko Tongariro te Maunga

Ko Whakaue Kapipapa te Marae

Ko Maketu te Hau Kainga

Kia Ora my name is Donna Walters I have lived in Maketu majority of my life. I have always had an inkling and a interest in what happens in our community and have decided to take the next step to be more involved for myself whanau, friends of course our children, our future by becoming a candidate for the Maketu community board. I would bring a fresh new perspective on our communities needs and wants. I am easily approachable and have an awesome problem solving attitude as that gets tested everyday from my children. I would love the opportunity to be another voice for our Maketu community.

Nga Mihi

TE PUKE

Attiya Andrew

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Community Board
Te Puke
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Attiya Andrew

Nominated for:
Community Board
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Te Puke
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Tena tatou katoa e aku uri a Mataatuanaka. Te Arawa waka. E mihi ono ora ki o ta tou uri o Te tahauoura kua tau mai.

Taiarahia te maunga

Ohinemataroa te awa

Mataatua te waka

Te rewarewa te Marae

Te Mahurehure te hapu

Ngai Tuhoe ahau

Attiya Andrew toku ingoa

Kia ora te whānau no Tepuke me Māketu

I am originally from Kawerau have lived within this region for the majority of my life. My immediate whānau consists of 7 siblings, myself makes 8, mum and dad makes 10.

I am a mother, a grandmother of 4 beautiful granddaughters. I have taught in ECE as a qualified teacher for 20 years. I have recently completed a diploma of Law from Te Whare Wananga o Waikato.

I am 50 years young

No reira tera tatou katoa e te whānau.

Neena Chauhan

Nominated for:
Community Board
Te Puke
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Neena Chauhan

Nominated for:
Community Board
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Te Puke
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If you asked about me, what some of my strengths are? I would say my genuine selfless nature where I naturally put others needs before my own, as this brings me a sense of joy being able to help others before myself.

I am passionate, caring and courageous person who keep community in my heart. Since last 20 years my work ethics is a strong strength of mine as I am results driven and enjoy having responsibilities. I am a natural born leader with a kind heart which makes me an approachable person to many.

I would like to create and see in coming years that our YOUTH ENGAGEMENT is more in action as they are changing our communities and the navigator's of tomorrow's. Today's youth have much better understanding for other's including women, children and elder's.

Richard Crawford

Nominated for:
Community Board
Te Puke
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Richard Crawford

Nominated for:
Community Board
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Te Puke
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Find me at: www.richardforwbop.nz

LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: Good weather. A nice coastal region. A great place to live and play

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Fishing and cycling

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Mt Maunganui / Papamoa beaches

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: To represent my ward / community at council level to create a strong connection between council and community There are important decisions to made in the next incoming councilor and after 3 years’ experience on the community board I want to step up to be part of the decisionmakers on behalf the community I will be representing

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: I have been involved in community development work and serving on numerous boards for the last 35 years. The last 3 years chairperson of the community board so have learnt a lot about the inner workings and governance of council. I am a strong collaborator and connector. The current chair and founding member of the Daily Charitable Trust

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: Collaboration. Respecting the treaty of Waitangi. Co designing and good communication and engagement with the local 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: Education

Policies and procedures that prepare us for the future weather events and global warming implications

Adopting recommendations to reduce carbon footprint / admissions to the atmosphere

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: Infrastructure put in place to cope not just for now but the long-term future. Roading / 3 waters / cycle walkways /transport / enabling community development work and initiatives

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: Create pathways that engage youth. Supporting youth initiatives in the community

Develop youth representation at council and community board levels like running forums and workshops

There is no I in team, and that is what it takes to direct and advocate for our district. I am a proven collaborator and leader within our community and strive to develop these skills. Working through our community board as the chairperson this triennium has allowed my leadership, knowledge, and skill to develop. I am standing for the councillor role but if not successful still willing to be part of the Te Puke community board to carry on what we have been working on the last 3 years taking us forward with continuity. For me it is about wanting the best for our town and to make sure we are represented well.

Electing me will be electing a positive influence for our community.

Kassie Ellis

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Community Board
Te Puke
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Kassie Ellis

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Community Board
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Te Puke
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Communities make change, but change needs communities. Our ward is going through significant change so its now even more important to make sure we are being heard.

I have learnt a lot on the Community board and now feel I can play a more active role. There are many aspects of our community growth that cannot be left behind. Whilst I want to be a part of the solution it is going to be a collaborative approach to deliver the social and economic outcomes required.

Roading, Safety and a cultural celebration are all key aspects I will be supporting if elected.

Kris Murray

Nominated for:
Community Board
Te Puke
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Kris Murray

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Community Board
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Te Puke
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LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: What isn’t there to love but the closeness to the ocean would be top of the list

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: Motorcycle track days at either Taupo or Hampton Downs

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: Maketu waterfront and the market

GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

Q: What are two key reasons why you have decided to run in these elections?
A: I love the region and all it has to offer the community. I believe that everyone has a view that needs to be heard.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: I believe that through my life I have had to make important decisions either for my family or in a work environment which has lead me to been able to look at things from different angles before making a decision.

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: Building a business partnership involving local Iwi and the council.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Look to alternative energy sources our how we as a council can help to support their introduction.

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: My focus would be on infrastructure - existing and future.

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: Supporting programs that help to teach our youth the importance of Elections and how each one of us has a view to be heard.

I am a hardworking locally born resident with a passion for the local community. I have an outgoing and friendly personality. I enjoy meeting new people and enjoy making a real difference in people's lives. If elected, I will work to reduce the speeding on our local roads. Review the amount of liquor and vape outlets and the location to schools. I am looking forward to representing you in the coming future.

Anish Paudel

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Community Board
Te Puke
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Anish Paudel

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Community Board
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Te Puke
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I am originally from Nepal. I came to New Zealand to live with my Parents who were in New Zealand for last two decades. They are Kiwi fruit growers in Bay of Plenty. Professionally I am working as a Banker. I am studying towards Master of Public Policy at University of Auckland. I am currently Vice President of Nepalese Association in Bay of Plenty and executive committee member for Tauranga Multicultural Council.

Considering I do not need to wait until I retire to give back to the community, I am also serving the community in the capacity of Justice of Peace for New Zealand.

As Western Bay of Plenty is evolving to become more diversified in terms of culture and people, I look to represent the multicultural prospective at the council. I will look at bringing the energy and young eye at the decision making to the council.

Dale Snell

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Community Board
Te Puke
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Dale Snell

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Community Board
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Te Puke
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The past three years on the Community Board have been a huge learning curve. Most importantly it takes a dedicated and resolute team that is passionate about supporting, listening, learning, and relaying the voice of our community to council. Our exiting team became extremely proficient and skilled at this, and we all gained confidence in our decision making. Together we demanded an elevated level of integrity and work ethic. Covid caused several disruptions to the completion of projects and decisions. I am standing again to ensure continuity of standards and completion of issues that we all stood for in the last election. I promise to continue working hard, to ensure satisfactory outcomes are reached, especially with regards to completing and progressing infrastructure projects and ensuring cultural and historical recognition continues to grow and develop within our rohe.

Nga mihi Dale

Karen Summerhays

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Community Board
Te Puke
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Karen Summerhays

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Community Board
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Te Puke
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I am a long-time resident of Western BOP and Tauranga and reside in Te Puke for the past six years. As mother of two wonderful millennial daughters, I am conscious of the needs of youth and young families. My hats include former BOP Regional Councillor, Trustee of the Sustainable Endeavours Charitable Trust, currently Community Development Specialist with Whakatane District Council.

I am a strong advocate for Te Puke getting its fair share and improving our facilities and services. I have a particular interest in placemaking with a master's degree in Community Education and Intercultural Dialogue and keen interest in the state of our local environment. I have a deep understanding of the not-forprofit and local government sectors and substantial knowledge regarding the challenges and opportunities we face with a rapidly growing and ageing population. With my experience, I am more than equipped to undertake this role on the Community Board.

Mereana Kaila Te Pere

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Community Board
Te Puke
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Mereana Kaila Te Pere

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Community Board
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Te Puke
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Kia ora my name is Mereana TePere. I am standing for the Te Puke Community Board. My family ties on my mothers side are from Waitaha and Tapuika. I grew up locally and received my schooling here before testing myself out in the big wide world.

As a community board member my aim is to be a visible leader who brings a voice and lens that represents the needs and aspirations of everyone who call Te Puke home, but especially local Māori.

My goal is to work with the community to develop solutions that address all issues, including rapid population growth and sustaining a thriving economy, while protecting the natural resources and cultural heritage of locals and tangata whenua.

Andy Wichers

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Community Board
Te Puke
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Andy Wichers

Nominated for:
Community Board
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Te Puke
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Find me at: andywichers.com and facebook.com/AndyWichersforCouncil

LOCAL,LIGHT-HEARTED

Q: What do you love about the Western Bay?
A: The weather, the scenery, the people, the opportunities – it is a great place to work, live and raise a family.

Q: What is your favourite hobby or activity you like to do?
A: I love problem solving whether that is how to fix something physical i.e. an engine or appliance or less tangible i.e. how to make a situation better. I enjoy research and taking the opportunity to explore, understand and try new things.

Q: Where is your favourite place to visit in the District?
A: I am currently enjoying the walking track in Te Puke – Te Ara Kahikitea Pathway. It is a great local exercise spot.

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. I had several people ask me to run – it was not something I had considered so it really got me thinking. I genuinely care about people and want to help create a place for my family, friends and community living in the TePuke/Maketu region. 2. I have committed a lot of time to community clubs, church and school Board of Trustees over the years and I wanted to continue to be available to help my local community – this seemed a next step.

Q: What unique skills and experience do you have to make important (or informed) decisions that will benefit the District or community outcomes?
A: My experience working in this community across a broad range means I do engage with a lot of different people. I have spent the last 12 years on local school boards, this has taught me about governance, community engagement, being a representative and making a difference. I also enjoy learning and research with the intention of working through issues to come up with solutions that make it better. I am a committed team player and enjoy engaging with diverse points of view and the contributions of all to shape positive change. I am good at keeping things moving and getting stuff done. I know I can’t please everyone but will make sure I listen and understand before important decisions are made. This is very important to me. Your voice matters, you will be heard and I will do my best to represent you.

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: I highly value the input of local tangata whenua. I have spent time making relationships within the Maori community and from experience know that authentic engagement leads to better outcomes. I don’t think the concept of 50/50 “co-governance” is the way forward. However, ensuring that elected representatives take the time to understand Te Ao Maori is important and very rewarding.

Q: As we continue to face changes to our climate, how do you think Council can support its District to adapt and prepare?
A: Being evidence based to change. Being realistic in the approach and understanding the implications of proposed solutions.

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: Getting a good understanding of the issues so the needs and issues are represented in a balanced way.

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: This is of interest to me. I have been involved in youth work/ mentoring. I know there is a strong grass roots desire for the youth in Te Puke, so exploring opportunities to support development is exciting.

Andy Wichers has lived in Te Puke for 27 years. He and his wife have enjoyed raising their four children in this community. Andy has taken opportunities to be involved - serving on the junior football committee and three different school boards and various youth programs.

Andy's background in farming, the trades, owning businesses, directorships and working within the horticulture and dairy industries have helped him interact with many people and gain multifaceted skills and experience.

Andy listens well and is a calm and reasonable man who seeks first to understand, with the strength of character, mindset, and drive to get things done. His desire to run for the Te Puke Community Board is from a genuine care for people and the needs of those he would represent.

your vote matters.
He pōti hirahira tāu.

VOTING OPENS 16 SEPTEMBER

If you’re enrolled to vote and your details are up to date, your voting documents should arrive in your letterbox from 16 September.

You can post your vote (make sure to post by Tuesday 4 October so they arrive on time) or drop it off to one of our service centres.

KEY CONTACTS

Dale Ofsoske, Electoral Officer 

E - info@electionservices.co.nz

P - 0800 367 656


Barbara Whitton, Deputy Electoral Officer

E - barbara.whitton@westernbay.govt.nz
P - 0800 926 732