Following an athletic and business career with years of board and governance experience, I am motivated to make a difference to the community in which we live and love. As a wife, mother and grandmother living on a lifestyle block at Point Wells, I treasure the inspirational environment, wide open spaces, stunning coastline and the people we’ve met through involvement with the Matakana Coast Trail Trust and community groups.
What are the three main issues facing Warkworth/Rodney?
- Confidence in Council – Communities often feel disenfranchised and Council rates poorly with people! We need to recognise that communities are owned by the people and the people form a huge ‘bank’ of ideas for transformation of town centres, parks, community gardens, sporting and arts facilities. Technology connects us and anyone can search and get information almost instantly to get things done quicker. Let’s embrace the culture of our communities, lift our game and restore faith in Council by having community take the lead.
- Efficiency and funding – Most councils spend around 50 per cent of the time talking and interrogating; 30 per cent building consensus, deciding, compromising; and only 20 per cent taking action! We want more action around efficiency and improving people’s lives. Overall, less agendas and reports, and more action.
- Infrastructure planning – Following results of the Unitary Plan, Rodney needs a solid structure plan to include housing development, sewage, water, electricity, paths, cycle trails and roading. Everything must integrate. Current lack of investment means we must step up where funding allocations are concerned and push hard to get Rodney a better deal. With huge growth projections, lack of infrastructure is the main issue for the Rodney/Warkworth area.
- For the last three years I have cut my teeth on the Devonport Takapuna Local Board, providing valuable experience into how local boards function. I have donated more than a decade to producing a series of charitable events that have raised significant funds for community health projects. I am an elected member of the Waitemata District Health Board.