Meet our panel
Kapi- Mana News selected an independent panel of 10 to evaluate our city councillors.
The panel members were chosen because of their community involvement and interaction with the council.
We tried to ensure the panel represented a range of perspectives: geographically, politically, culturally and in age range.
Only one panellist returns from our 2010 report card – Chris Kirk-burnnand.
The panellists were asked to rate councillors as very good, average or poor on the following five criteria:
Accessibility: Are they readily available to talk to you?
Effectiveness: Does their council work make a difference?
Work ethic: Do they get out and about in their community, and are they diligent at being informed about community issues?
Active or reactive: Do they initiate things or react to events and circumstances?
Responsiveness: Do they listen to concerns and take notice? The panel:
Holly Thompson: Executive director, Porirua Chamber of Commerce, Ascot Park resident.
Colin Bleasdale: Chairman, Plimmerton Residents’ Association, Mana Little Theatre member, former teacher.
Chris Kirk-burnnand: Porirua Foundation chairman, Life Education Trust chairman, Johnsonville Youth Grants Trust chairman, former chairman of Whitireia 1998 to 2004, now sits on Whitireia Foundation board. Pauatahanui resident.
Tone Togiatama: Music director at Porirua Elim Church and member of Youth Advisory Group. Has lived in Porirua East for 13 years.
Lepeti Tea: Youth and social worker, grew up in Porirua, cochair of Ranui Residents’ Association.
Sose Annandale: Principal, Russell School. Grew up in Cannons Creek, and lived there for seven years before moving to Paraparaumu 18 months ago.
Aporo Joyce: Long- time police officer in Porirua, former president of Porirua RSA, current chairman of Cannons Creek Residents and Ratepayers Association.
Sarah Tumai: Health worker for 20 years, currently with Compass Health. Long-time eastern ward resident.
John Burke: Former mayor of Porirua, chairman of the Porirua Community Trust and Mana Community Grants Foundation, national president of New Zealand Licensing Trust Association, national chairman of the Community Gaming Association, real estate agent, Mana resident.
Kerry Delaney: Titahi Bay School principal, Bay resident, long-time member of Titahi Bay Surf Lifesaving Club.