I’m standing for Mayor of the Taupo District because this election is all about leadership. It’s about:
- Enabling the effective participation of and contribution from all those elected by our community to serve on the Taupo District Council
- Building and maintaining the key relationships within Council, and between Council and the wider community and stakeholders locally, regionally, nationally and even internationally, that are essential to our communities’ prosperity.
- Providing clear policy direction and strong and effective governance oversight of council operations.
- Setting responsible budgets & controlling spending & debt, taking account of the circumstances faced by many local people in these challenging economic times
- Maintaining and enhancing quality infrastructure and services, and
- It is most certainly about protecting our environments, and ensuring development is responsible and sustainable.
I would bring to the role of Mayor of the Taupo District:
- inclusive and respectful leadership of our District Council
- extensive governance and organisational experience
- a fresh perspective
- a strong proven track record as an advocate for local people, their families and communities
My priorities include:
Top 5 Issues
- Reviewing Council forward expenditure and debt plans
- Ensuring effective planning to manage the challenges and opportunities presented by the soon to open ETA
- Delivery of key services and community facilities including quality water and waste water
- Realising the Taupo District’s potential and supporting local people to reap the benefits of its status as an iconic visitor destination. “To be a great visitor destination – we must first be, and continue to be, a great place for our local people to live.”
- Protecting, preserving and enhancing the water quality and environmental values of Lake Taupo.
Carol and I have lived, worked and raised our family in Taupo for nearly 30 years. I had the privilege of representing the area as electorate Member of Parliament for 15 years (Tongariro 1993-96, Taupo 1996 - 2008). This included 8 years as a Cabinet Minister with a number of portfolio responsibilities – including, of particular relevance to the Taupo District, Local Government and Tourism.
Prior to my election to Parliament in 1993, I worked with, helped establish, and supported a wide range of community, educational, social service and government agencies across the central North Island and nationally as the founding Community Education Organiser for Central Plateau REAP.
I have maintained my active interest in and support for a wide variety of local community services and organisations with current community/positions of responsibility including
- English Language Partners - Committee Member [Taupo] & National Board Member
- Taupo Inter-Church Welfare Society - Patron
- Turangi Junior Soccer – Patron
- Turangi Budget Advice - Patron
- Traditional Shotokan Karate-do Federation – New Zealand Patron
Authorised by Mark Burton of 36 Kiwi Street, Taupo