I spent 28 years in IBM, then went into a horticultural partnership. I have been a general manager and CEO in the public health system. We have two adult children and five grandchildren. My great grandfather, Judge John Rogan, my grandfather and my father all lived in the Kaipara. We are proud of our historical connection. I know and understand management and governance. I have been the chairperson of the Mangawhai Ratepayers Association for five years.
What will be the biggest challenge for the new mayor?
Restoring a measure of confidence and trust in local government, and healing the rifts that have been created by the commissioners, imposed on the district by central government.
What are the priorities for the new Council in the next term?
To live within its means and to achieve people’s aspirations through the empowerment of local communities and local suppliers. Such as energy self-sufficiency, environmental protection, human resource development and housing initiatives.
Why are you standing?
Because I have a deep and abiding sense of the importance of democracy to our society.
What skills can you offer?
Direct local government experience (2001-2004), extensive knowledge of local government law and practice, the ability to listen to and comprehend what people are saying. I have had experience in the management of staff and, particularly, the setting and measuring of performance of staff. I also have a wide general knowledge in science, engineering, chemistry, mathematics, law, ethics, civics, literature, music and, above all, a self-deprecatory sense of humour.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
No council should ever act in a way that distresses its community. I will be the mayor who puts the ratepayers and residents of the district first, every time. Councils exist to serve their people, not the other way around.