Unan­i­mous sup­port

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A new chair­man has been ap­pointed to the Maun­gakiekie-Ta­maki Lo­cal Board.

Simon Ran­dall was unan­i­mously voted into the the top role at a meet­ing last week.

In­au­gu­ral chair­woman Leila Boyle chose to stand down for fam­ily rea­sons but will re­main a mem­ber of the board.

Mr Ran­dell is a former high school sci­ence teacher.

He was first elected to the Maun­gakiekie Com­mu­nity Board in 2007 be­fore join­ing the Maun­gakiekie-Ta­maki Lo­cal Board on its cre­ation in Novem­ber 2010.

The 30-year-old One­hunga man says his key pri­or­i­ties will be en­sur­ing the smooth de­liv­ery of the One­hunga Fore­shore Restora­tion Project and the One­hunga Mall up­grade, as well as pre­par­ing the sub­urb for growth that will come with the Auck­land Coun­cil’s Uni­tary Plan.

Once fi­nalised the plan will be the rule book that shapes the way Auck­land grows, set­ting out what can be built and where.

Im­prov­ing com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and en­cour­ag­ing bet­ter com­mu­nity en­gage­ment are also at the top of Mr Ran­dall’s list.

‘‘There are many things hap­pen­ing in our area that will af­fect the lives of our com­mu­ni­ties,’’ Mr Ran­dall says.

‘‘We need to en­sure the com­mu­nity is both well en­gaged and in­formed.

‘‘I want to see more peo­ple ac­tively in­volved in what the lo­cal board is do­ing so they can be a part of our work.’’

Mr Ran­dall is the youngest chair­per­son of Auck­land’s 21 lo­cal boards.

Ms Boyle was pre­vi­ously the youngest.

New leader: Simon Ran­dall is the new chair­man of the Maun­gakiekie-Ta­maki Lo­cal Board.

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