Teacher and anti-landfill campaigner Michelle Carmichael has declared her intention to stand for the Rodney Local Board.
Carmichael will contest a seat in the Warkworth subdivision, in the October Local Government election. There will be a vacancy following Beth Houlbrooke’s decision to step down.
Carmichael is a part-time teacher at Tapora School. She relinquished a fulltime teaching role when she took up the fight against a plan by Waste Management to build a regional landfill just north of the Dome.
The appeal against Waste Management’s resource consent is currently before the Environment Court.
Carmichael says she is standing on a platform of openness and transparency, and she wants to see better cooperation between the Local Board and the Rodney councillor.
“I’d like to put some trust back into the system,” she says. “Too many people feel that there is no point in engaging with Council because everything is a done deal.”
Now resident in Wayby, Carmichael lived in Warkworth for eight years and worked in the town for 14 years in an administrative role for Times Colour Print.