I am a passionate community person with long family ties to Orewa and Browns Bay. I was born on the Shore and currently work as a communication lecturer and company director. I have six years experience as a Community Board member, and have worked energetically for decades on community safety, better transport, improving parks and protecting our environment.
What are the three crucial issues facing the Hibiscus Coast?
Transport: I am committed to pursuing fresh, creative ideas to deal with the increasing traffic congestion. As an active member of Campaign for Better Transport Inc, I am committed to Penlink, expanding the park and ride services, and providing more local buses and ferries. I will support building new cycling, walking and mobility scooter links, so we have more transport choices. I fully support the planned dynamic laneing on Whangaparaoa Road to ease peak hour congestion.
Community liveability: I am an executive member of Grey Power Auckland and a keen advocate for better local services and dedicated park facilities for older people. Through the promotion of outdoor activities, community events and arts, along with more jobs and successful businesses in our areas, we can build strong, healthy communities. Improved safety and security in our streets, and more facilities for dog walkers are needed. Council can do its part by engaging with local people, community patrols, good lighting, and better footpaths. I will support measures to keep our houses affordable especially for first home buyers and families.
Outdoors and reserves: I am passionate about preserving our wonderful beaches, parks and coastline, keeping water quality pristine and extending the Arkles Bay ban on set netting. As a founding member of the NZ Native Forest Restoration Trust, I will actively work to protect our existing bush reserves and forest remnants. I will fight hard to turn the stunning 23 hectare Archers Block into a public reserve and keep the Gulf Harbour Hammerhead in public ownership for the enjoyment of everyone.
How would you address those issues?
I will use my considerable energy, my six years community board experience, and my ability to easily relate to and communicate with people of all ages and groups, to work for the people of the Hibiscus Coast.
What do you hope to achieve as a Local Board member?
All of the above and more. I believe that local voices must be heard in decisions affecting our communities, so our Coast is a great place to live, work and retire.