Brian Hunter

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‘‘ We brought our fam­ily from Auck­land to Mata­mata in 1976, as San­dra and I saw it as a great en­vi­ron­ment for rais­ing our boys,’’ Brian Hunter says. ‘‘We also knew ru­ral towns pro­vide plenty of scope for com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.’’

An en­gi­neer, Brian co-owned and man­aged award- win­ning com­pany Centi­grade for 30 years.

‘‘ I be­lieve my busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence, com­bined with en­ergy, en­thu­si­asm and com­mit­ment to my com­mu­nity, is an ef­fec­tive com­bi­na­tion for serv­ing as a dis­trict coun­cil­lor,’’ he says.

‘‘I’m a strong ad­vo­cate of a con­sen­sual and so­lu­tions-fo­cused ap­proach to is­sues and of work­ing to bud­get, how­ever, for me it’s ul­ti­mately about the peo­ple and cre- at­ing a pos­i­tive and thriv­ing en­vi­ron­ment for res­i­dents of all ages – we also need to work hard at keep­ing our young peo­ple here.’’

Brian is a serv­ing mem­ber of the Mata­mata Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade and his 35 years’ ser­vice to date in­cludes 19 years as chief (1993 to 2012) and a six-year spell on the United Fire Bri­gades As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive (na­tional pres­i­dent 2003-04), as well as a num­ber of na­tional com­mit­tees.

A Ro­tar­ian for the past 28 years, Brian cred­its the ser­vice club for pro­vid­ing the op­por­tu­nity for in­volve­ment in count­less com­mu­nity projects.

‘‘And that’s what’s great about liv­ing in Mata­mata.’’

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