Norm Barker

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

On Septem­ber 3 the Waikato Times gave me the se­cond high­est rat­ing of the present in­cum­bent coun­cil­lors, 8/10.

I was par­tic­u­larly pleased with their in­de­pen­dent com­ments.

‘‘One of the real work­horses of the coun­cil and an in­creas­ingly in­flu­en­tial fig­ure as chair of the Re­gional Trans­port com­mit­tee and the Land and Wa­ter qual­ity sub­com­mit­tee. A farmer at heart, Barker has de­vel­oped into a skil­ful and mea­sured politi­cian who has formed strong re­la­tions with stake­hold­ers across the re­gion. A strong an­a­lyt­i­cal thinker.’’

I am stand­ing with eight oth­ers un­der the ‘‘ One Waikato’’ banner where we have seen, through the good work of the may­oral fo­rum where sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings have been iden­ti­fied. One Waikato be­lieves that these sav­ing can be achieved; it just takes the po­lit­i­cal will to make it hap­pen.

These sav­ing can be achieved through lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and the re­gional coun­cil shar­ing a range of ser­vices.

Stream­lined plan­ning is an­other and, as a small ex­am­ple, we all have seen the brouhaha over elec­toral signs. We don’t need dif­fer­ent rules in dif­fer­ent coun­cils on some­thing so sim­ple as signs.

This does not mean amal­ga­ma­tion but it does mean that we would need to col­lab­o­rate much bet­ter than we have done in the past.

I am com­mit­ted to work­ing hard across the whole of the new Wai­hou con­stituency, for ev­ery­one, to en­hance a re­silient and sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment and progress a vi­brant econ­omy to strengthen all our com­mu­ni­ties.

I in­vite you to look at our web­site onewaikato.co.nz and my Face­book page,

Norm Barker, One Waikato.

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