I have a passion for community development and social change with 22 years experience in public service across Whangarei, Kaipara, Kaikohe and Kaitaia. I'm committed to a better future, together!
I've been actively involved in Iwi treaty negotiations, local government reform and developing central government partnerships with real outcomes for our people including: Te Hiku Social Accord; Iwi Leaders Forum; Better Local Government Working Group; and economic and growth forums with Ministry of Primary Industries and Energy.
I believe in empowering communities and about individuals and entities taking control and responsibility for their actions and future. Te Hiku is a developing economy and post treaty settlements we need to create opportunities for engagement and investment in our future, and that includes our youth and environment.
I'm hard working and have the relationships, skills and experience to provide positive leadership and governance for Te Hiku community and the Far North district.
Top 5 Issues
- . Why am I the right person for the job?
Anyone who enters into council does so for a purpose. My purpose like others is to make a difference for those communities that the council is supposed to represent. Sometimes council bureaucracies are better off replaced with an application of everyday common sense. Councils also need to reflect the best interests of and be inclusive of, its community groupings and members. I have a passion for community development and community participation, within local government.
- . Where do I stand on Mining?
Mining is only one potential solution for economic salvation but not the end all and be all. First you have to find whatever it is your looking for and then it has to be economically profitable to extract it. That then must be weighed seriously against the environmental and social impacts and any decisions to do, or not to do, determined at that point. It’s obvious some mining is unacceptable and other forms of mining if managed and monitored properly are acceptable. I just don’t see it as being the only form of economic opportunity in the Far North when we have other key primary industry assets already established, we should be developing those opportunities and others, further.
- . Does council debt need to be reduced, and if so, how will I do that?
Any debt is about needing to reduce it, no one person alone can do that. However it’s clear that the Far North needs to stimulate itself with an economic growth strategy that allows more investment and employment opportunities to take place whereby whole communities are able to contribute to participating in the Far North economy and that’s what progresses the Far North forward and reduces debt as opposed to what’s happening now which is only occurring in some communities and that’s highly evident in the services and opportunities that some towns get as opposed to others. And of course, you get council to live within its spending means which is affordable to ratepayers.
- . Do I favour two unitary Authorities, or the status quo?
There won’t be a status quo because that not progress, which is what the call for Better Local Government change is all about otherwise why have it. It’s only obvious that the Far North District continues takes the responsibility of managing itself as it always has done. Evidence shows that bigger is not always best and given the uniqueness and diversity of Far North rural communities their dynamics and geographic’s. It’s inconceivable the belief that we in the Far North can be managed or serviced better from a bigger urban focussed council based in Whangarei. One only has to question what services a regional council provides to the Far North currently (including infrastructure) that’s regarded as effective, and or isn’t what the current Far North council is providing.
- . What would you like to achieve in the next three years?
To effect change within council and communities, pursue a Far North economic / social growth strategy that’s aligned to an environmental management strategy as well. To contribute to making the Far North and affordable well service area for its ratepayers to live in.
Tena koe, I am standing for the Far North District Council, I do so because I have a passion for community development and social change in the Far North, and with 22 years’ experience in the public service across, Auckland Whangarei, Kaipara, Kaikohe and Kaitaia. I’m committed to developing a better future for us at home here.
I have been actively involved in pre / post Iwi treaty negotiations in the Far North, I Co-Chair the working party for Better Local Government (council) reform. I am committed to developing partnerships that deliver real outcomes for our people including; Te Hiku Social Accord, Iwi Leaders Forum, Better Local Government Working Group, Development of Economic and Growth forums with Ministry of Primary Industries and the council itself.
I believe in empowering communities and about individuals taking control and responsibility for their actions and future. Te Hiku is a developing economy and post treaty settlements we need to create opportunities for engagement and investment in our future; and that includes our youth and our environment. This requires us to step up to making change and to participate in how that change occurs.
Key issues for Maori in the far north are rates, Maori representation, and a whole raft of social change requirements, it’s time for us to develop the strategies around economic development (building the Northland economy) so that it creates business opportunities and employment and to balance that with social responsibilities to ensure that all people in the Far North thrive and have a quality wellbeing.
I’m hard working and have the relationships, skills and experience to provide positive leadership and governance for the Te Hiku community and Far North district
Authorised by Rangitane Marsden of 6 Zealandia St Whangarei
Results - Final
- Colin Kitchen
- David Collard
- Mate Radich
- Monty Knight
- Hazely Windelborn
- Bryce McDonald
- Ken Mullarkey
- Helen Munro
- JT Tahana
- Rangitane Marsden
- Peter Furze