I am the managing director of a successful online and investment company, with a wife and two primary school children.
I was raised and schooled in Waihou and Te Aroha.
This election is very important to the region as the threat of amalgamation is real.
As an outpost of Tauranga or Hamilton, Matamata has so much to lose. It is important that the area is led by a mayor who knows what is important to Matamata Piako, is fiscally responsible, has council experience with the ability to get things done.
My history as a councillor and business experience with investments will help safeguard the council’s investments. A mayor who understands the daily intricacies of running businesses is so important, especially in these trying times for retailers.
Emphasis is needed on our health services, especially after hours care, and to make sure police are available 24/7.
Tourism and youth employment will be a major focus.
As mayor the first committee will be an economic advancement committee, made up of representatives from farming, racing, media and television, and local business associations. The committee will provide new ideas, put them into place, delivering a more vibrant economy. I don’t want to change the area. I just want to fix those aspects frustrating Matamata:
the lack of an agricultural and farming training centre
spending of $100,000 on public economic gain lack of truancy officer condition of assets like the swimming pool lack of Cambridge exams in our schools lack of encouragement towards passersby spend in Matamata.
I want to offer Waharoa residents a chance to partner with council on a new tourist opportunity. An approach where sponsorship, not your rates is used.
I will keep rates below the rate of aiming at less than 2 per cent.
Together you and I can take this town and area to a new level.