I’m aged 66, have four children and one grandchild, and was born and educated in Helensville. I’m the third generation of a family that has contributed to the town in business, investment and community service. My roles have included accountant, commercial property investor and manager, and organiser of the Helensville Christmas Parade Festival. I have been on the committee of the Helensville Business Association and North West District Business Association, and am the current chair of the Helensville/Parakai Ratepayers. I am passionate about the community and achieving communication across different facets of the community, and a keen supporter of the art community.
Why are you standing?
I am standing for election because I am passionate about my community and wider Rodney. I am keen to work for the best outcomes for the whole area.
What skills can you offer?
Long interest and experience in the community.
How could Council improve its performance?
The first thing to tackle is staffing levels, contract allocations and limitations that restrict best allocation of funding.
What would you hope to achieve over the next three years?
Better funding share, resolution of serious roading issues – the Hill Street intersection in Warkworth and traffic congestion/roading in the Kumeu area.
What are the three main issues facing the Rodney Ward?
Securing a fairer share of funding by having geographical area be a factor, rather than just population.
Roading, particularly road sealing.
Infrastructure, to keep up with growth.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I submitted in favour of Rodney being divided into two Wards, with two Councillors and two Local Boards. I would particularly like to represent south Rodney and am the only Councillor candidate from the south. I take a keen interest in all Council and ratepayer activity in the Helensville/Kumeu area, rarely missing a meeting of any kind.