Horowhenua Mail : July 28th 2011
7 THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011 WAIOPEHU BY-ELECTION • Round Posts • Round Stays • Deer Posts • Strainers • Poles • Round Deer Posts For the BEST in POLES, POSTS and DOMESTIC FENCING MITCHPINE PRODUCTS LIMITED Foxton Road, Levin Phone 06 368 5252 www.mitchpine.co.nz Battens • Fence Palings • Sawn Posts • Sleepers • Decking • Domeloc Fencing • KP102293X/FR Council candidates have their say Nine would-be councillors, running in the Waiopehu Ward by-election, have been put in the hot seat by the Horowhenua Mail which wants to know: what makes them the ideal candidate? Standing for election are Wayne Bishop (Independent), Diane Brown, Daniel Crow- ley, Mary Davis, Chris Dungan, Christine Mitchell, Paul Pearce, Bryan TenHave and Tom Walker, who were all asked the follow- ing questions: 1. Why are you standing? 2. What is your priority for Waiopehu, and what solutions are you proposing? 3. What strengths will you bring to the role? 4. How active are you in the local com- munity now? 5. How many public council meetings do you attend each year, and have you made submissions to council in the past? Results of the by-election, called follow- ing the death of ward councillor Peter Keenan earlier this year, will be on the Horowhenua District Council website shortly after voting closes noon August 18. Waiopehu voters get a chance to ask questions of their own at the next meet the candidates session, on August 3 at Sail-on- Inn, Waitarere Beach, 6pm. Candidate Mr Crowley had not replied to the Mail with answers at press time. Bryan TenHave: I am standing in order to make change from within. I m afraid at the moment we may as well talk to a brick wall. I wish to influence councillors to engage the services of a chief purchasing officer to ensure better value from council spending -- and then the services of an economic development man- ager to encourage new businesses especially in the food processing and exporting sector so that we can add value to what we already produce well. I have imagination, determination and with a bit of luck, a little humour. I am presently the deputy chair and founding member of the Horowhenua Dis- trict Ratepayers and Residents Association. I have attended virtually every council meeting for the last three years and made many submissions including instigating the record breaking number of submissions against the unduly high rate rises in 2009, but all to no avail. Bryan TenHave standing for council is the obvious next move. Diane Brown: My interest in local council and interaction between council and residents comes from my past experience as a district councillor, which shows a practi- cal way to contribute to the Waiopehu com- munity. This ward, being rural, contributes hugely to the growth and prosperity of the Horowhenua district. Its rating contribution shows its diverse activities and economic power base, making it the heart of the district. Council needs to acknowledge this by adjusting the rate take and returning funds to the ward, to update such matters as storm water disposal caus- ing frequent flooding on the roads. At coun- cil meetings I have spoken on matters con- cerning rural roads, rate inequalities and rural hall funding. I am secretary of the Ohau Hall com- mittee, and a member of a working party negotiating with DOC to form the Friends of Lake Papaitonga . I support Waitarere Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, who did well by turning my German exchange student into a lifeguard. Chris Dungan: I have been involved in community affairs for many years and when I was asked to stand last year it seemed a logical extension of my interests. I will bring a practical, sensible and open minded approach to council. I believe in fairness and a high ethical standard in everything I do. I am currently President of the Otaki Rotary Club and chairman of the Manakau District Community Association. I am also a member of a MDCA sub committee plan- ning a Wild in Manakau event for next year. I have attended at least six public council meetings in the last year and have made annual plan submissions on behalf of the MDCA this year and last. Accountability and fairness of many council activities, especially rates, continue to be issues for many throughout the dis- trict not just in the Waiopehu Ward. I anticipate and hope there will be much dis- cussion during the rates review later in this council s term. Tom Walker: I want our district to move ahead, to maintain our delightful way of life. We must work together to have a suc- cessful economy and maintain clean, healthy surrounding; improved working relationships; rates review communicated well; providing well-delivered core services; rural roads maintenance; water boiling must be stopped; smart use of resources; effective engagement with Government on health and the environment. The values of commitment, how to listen carefully and use common sense. These attributes on council will ensure a solutions focus to Horowhenua issues. This is the start for me after years away from the district. Interested in people s wellbeing , such as health, aged care and a clean fresh environ- ment. I have no affiliations with any group which gives me an advantage to think fresh with absolutely no baggage. I have fostered under-privileged children. The boiling water issue was the catalyst to taking an interest in council affairs, and I have attended recent district planning meetings. Paul Pearce: I stood in the last election and remain keen to serve as a district coun- cillor. My priority is to see that both the rural and beach communities that make up Waiopehu ward are well represented on council, that both their unique individual issues are well communicated and under- stood by council. I have the time to put into the role now that I am semi-retired. Having run a local business for more than 20 years, I am experienced in budgeting and keeping up- to-date with matters of compliance etc. I am also a great listener, down-to-earth and very approachable. I am on the executive of the Levin Cosmo- politan Club, and the committee of the Levin Racing Club, as well as working part- time locally. I attended most full council and com- mittee meetings during 2009-2010, and have been a joint submitter with my former wife on a number of matters during the 1990s. Mary Davis: I am community minded, feel passionate about Horowhenua and keen to be involved in the future direction of the area. The main priority for Waiopehu is making sure rural rating is reviewed, and the solution to this is submissions to council at the next rating review due by November. I am a good listener, but am prepared to voice my opinion when not happy with decisions being made. Having been involved in two major community projects, I have excellent organisational skills and enjoy seeing positive things happen in the com- munity. I am secretary and a trustee of the Horowhenua Sports Turf Trust. My part- time job is secretary of the Horowhenua A&P Association -- a position I have held since 1996, responsible for the organisation and running of the annual show. I assist many groups in preparing grant funding applications. Probably [attended] 1 to 2 [council] meetings. I was involved in a sub- mission to the LTCCP in 2004 for the Horowhenua Sports Turf Trust. Christine Mitchell: I was brought up in Levin. My husband Bruce and I have raised two sons on our lifestyle block and family farm at Ihakara. I have taught at local schools for over 25 years, and take an active interest in local issues. I have attended draft annual plan, rate review and Plan Change 22 meetings over the last three years, working closely with the rural com- munity to help get our point of view across. This experience has convinced me of the need for another strong rural advocate on council. Key issues I am passionate about: Rating systems need to be reviewed to reflect the services people receive. More council consultation with outlying communities. Prioritising spending to maintain and develop current essential infrastructure before taking on new want projects. Looking after our natural assets -- an environment to be proud of. I am approachable, well organised, and have excellent research and analytical skills, essential requirements for council office. Wayne Bishop: I have a passion for the area, am proud of the growth in the ward over the last decade, and as a developer, I want to see that continue. My priority is to represent a sector of our community that has perhaps not had a dir- ect link to the decision-making process, and bring their views to the table. My strengths are understanding the people well. Coming from a farming dairy background of three generations, and involvement in the building industry, I see issues that effect many people and want to be their voice. I am a member of our local school board of trustees, with more than 20 years ser- vice on our church council. It is encouraging to see submissions to council have some influence. It s usually a case of numbers getting behind a single issue but if that s what it takes, councillors need to rally people to get involved with local issues, and I intend to do just that.
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