Two new faces for Al­bert-Eden board

ELECTED

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

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.

Photo: JOE DAW­SON

Hia­tus over: Glenda Fryer is back in lo­cal body pol­i­tics fol­low­ing her elec­tion to the Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board.

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