Two new faces for Albert-Eden board
Glenda Fryer is one of two new faces joining the AlbertEden Local Board following the election but as she says, ‘‘I’m new but old as well.’’
Ms Fryer will be familiar to many after spending nine years as the Mt Albert representative on the Auckland City Council.
After three years out of local politics following losing that seat to Christine Fletcher at the last election, Ms Fryer jumped back in this year.
She takes Pauline Anderson’s spot on the Owairaka subdivision of the board, having run on the City Vision ticket.
‘‘It’s really a matter of coming back to a team and a community,’’ she says.
‘‘I had three years to think about things and certainly felt that I have got more to contribute.’’
While many candidates chucked their hat in the ring for both the council and local board she says as a ‘‘political realist’’ she focused on the local board only.
‘‘I would have lost to Christine.’’
Ensuring Mt Albert is best represented as the Unitary Plan is finalised will be her main focus.
‘‘The Unitary Plan is very important and will continue to be. We will have to make sure that it’s protecting what our community wants.
‘‘The second biggest thing is heritage, which is all part of the Unitary Plan as well. It’s really retaining the good heritage we have got and allowing for a compact city.’’
The board is made up of five City Vision and three Communities and Residents candidates.
Ms Fryer says she will discuss with her running mates who they decide to put forward for the chairmanship.
The other new member is Mt Eden lawyer Rachel Langton who ran on the Communities and Residents ticket.
A newcomer to local politics she has spent 10 years working as a lawyer in local government law and employment relations.
A year spent on maternity leave with her first child gave her the opportunity to think differently about how the community works.
Keeping a watchful eye on Albert-Eden Local Board Maungawhau subdivision Lee Corrick Communities and Residents (5105 votes); Peter Haynes City Vision (4575); Rachel Langton Communities and Residents (5581); Tim Woolfield Communities and Residents (5082). Owairaka subdivision Margi Watson City Vision (4742); Glenda Fryer City Vision (4181); Graeme Easte, City Vision (3837); Helga Arlington City Vision (3717). council and board spending will be a focus for her.
‘‘I’ve always been interested but having a child makes you start to realise how tight things can become – it brings you back down to reality.
‘‘Every dollar spent has to be raised from the community, we have to ensure we get good value for money.
‘‘I’m just so delighted to be given the opportunity to serve.’’
She has been concerned by the speed at which the Unitary Plan has progressed and urges people to make sure they make submissions while they can.
Hiatus over: Glenda Fryer is back in local body politics following her election to the Albert-Eden Local Board.