I married Neil Jones in 1982 and made Wellsford my home. In those 34 years I have raised three children, played/coached tennis, trained M. Ed (Hons), worked as a specialist teacher for learning difficulties, managed a growing dairy farm business and worked for several community groups. My husband is a buyer for Silver Fern Farms and between us we have valuable connections to both the town and rural sector.
Why are you standing for election?
Because I think Wellsford is on the cusp of major changes and this area needs a top performer to see them through these.
What are the three main issues facing Wellsford?
- Lack of infrastructure is severely hampering town development. Despite town water supply and sewerage being past their use-by date, no plans have emerged to upgrade. Watercare needs to be challenged to make plans so that Wellsford can take advantage of the Auckland growth bubble.
- Poor roading continues to be a major frustration and cost to rural folk. The criteria for the tar sealing priority list needs to be reviewed, because importance has not been placed where rural people have expected it to be. The maintenance and servicing of rural roads has been poorly managed. Engineers need to test the roading materials they are using to ensure the best mix of lime rock and finer metals are used. Research in the Otago region has shown that not all quarry materials are equal. Using the best mix and source of materials will provide a more superior surface, be more cost effective and create less dust, pot-holing and damage.
- Lack of recreational opportunities – Centennial Park needs a multi-use indoor facility to satisfy demand for all year round recreational activity and gatherings of large crowds. Wellsford is strategically well placed to hold large events, tournaments and health rehabilitation programmes. A safer walking route to Centennial Park across the railway line would open up those facilities to young families, school groups, dog walkers, cyclists and recreational walkers.