Jan Barnes

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

For three years I’ve been your deputy mayor, shar­ing the lead­er­ship of Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil.

Now I’m seek­ing your vote to be­come the first woman mayor in the dis­trict’s his­tory.

Work­ing closely with re­tir­ing mayor Hugh Ver­coe has given me the lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence and the in­spi­ra­tion to take our dis­trict for­ward.

I’m stand­ing only for mayor, and not as a ward coun­cil­lor.

I have a strong track record of com­mit­ment and con­tri­bu­tion to our dis­trict with busi­ness acu­men and a so­cial heart. If elected, I prom­ise to work full­time as mayor en­sur­ing you get value for money and a well run coun­cil.

In my nine years on coun­cil I’ve al­ways worked hard on dis­trict-wide is­sues and for all our com­mu­ni­ties.

With your vote, I prom­ise to work in the best in­ter­ests of all of our com­mu­ni­ties, to lis­ten to the com­mu­nity, and to be avail­able.

While cam­paign­ing over months, I’ve been asked what my vi­sion is for the fu­ture.

As mayor I will be pro­mot­ing your ideas. Com­mu­nity own­er­ship is crit­i­cal and my role is to cham­pion in­no­va­tive ideas and make them work.

My lead­er­ship style is about bring­ing a coun­cil team to­gether in a pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive way by putting you first. To­gether with the com­mu­nity, coun­cil has a 10-year plan driv­ing where we’re go­ing.

While there is flex­i­bil­ity around this, ev­ery year we re­view how we’re trav­el­ling.

There’s no value in dis­man­tling this hard work.

Months ago I iden­ti­fied one of the big­gest po­ten­tial is­sues fac­ing the dis­trict.

That is amal­ga­ma­tions/ merg­ers of coun­cils be­ing pro­moted as part of Govern­ment’s lo­cal body re­forms.

This means small coun­cils like ours could be swal­lowed up by big­ger coun­cils.

Is that what we want? I’m not con­vinced.

I’ll fight hard to en­sure any de­ci­sion be­longs to you.

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