I am married with four adult children, having lived on our Matakana lifestyle property and been actively involved in Warkworth business, education and sport communities for the past 22 years. This period has included 10 years on the Mahurangi College Board of Trustees (four years as chairman); a Trustee on the Harbour Sport Trust Board from 2011 and also a member of the Mahurangi Collective for Sport & Recreation since its inception. The latter involved new recreation facilities at the Warkworth Showgrounds. My business qualifications include a Bachelor of Agricultural Commerce and I am a registered valuer.
Why are you standing for election?
To demand greater financial accountability and transparency by the Auckland Council to Rodney ratepayers.
What are the three main issues facing Rodney?
- Managed population growth under the Unitary Plan, particularly to provide the associated capital infrastructure and related employment opportunities.
- New swimming pool and gym facilities for Rodney.
- Roading, a renewed maintenance programme to halt the currently rapidly deteriorating condition of the Rodney roading network.
What would you hope to achieve over the next three years?
Rodney’s identity and existence under the new unitary structure needs a strong Local Board voice, which has been clearly lacking since the inception of the ‘Supercity’. My commitment would be to vigorously challenge and defend any situations that arise, regarding Rodney’s existence within Auckland City.
What skills can you offer?
I have the qualifications, financial and business experience to work collaboratively at local board level, to provide effective and financially feasible outcomes for all Rodney ratepayers. My background includes finance lending and analysis thereof, project management and, as a registered valuer, a ‘keen eye’ for the added value aspects involved.