Ken Ma­hon

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

toi­lets without



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