Garry Stanley farewells politics
Garry Stanley has decided to resign from local government, but is by no means slowing down.
After 12 years as a MatamataPiako district councillor, Stanley has decided not to seek re-election when the current three year term ends in October, and says he is happy to stand aside for new candidates.
‘‘People tend to stay in these things too long, it’s time to give it up and let someone else have a go at it.’’
Stanley has an accomplished career within the New Zealand fire service.
He was a member of the Matamata Volunteer Fire Brigade for 26 years, including 15 years as chief fire officer and from 1993 to 1997.
Stanley was a member of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission, governing the New Zealand Fire Service.
He says with his work experience he felt he would have a lot to offer as a district councillor.
‘‘Being a businessman for one of the larger businesses in Matamata, and having lots of business and governance experience, I thought I would have something to contribute and I guess I did.’’
Looking back at 12 years of service, Stanley says he is most proud he chaired a committee of Matamata-Piako, Hauraki and Thames-Coromandel district councils to collectively organise rubbish and recycling.
‘‘Everyone thought we’d never be able to put it together with three different councils, but we did and saved our own council $4million over a 10-year period. Very pleased we got that to work.’’
The Te Aroha events centre is also a project he looks back on with pride, contributing his business and building experience, and says he is pleased to see plans for the civic centre are underway.
‘‘I’m very satisfied I’ve done all I was able to do. It’s a very good council, with good staff, and I’m proud to have been involved.’’
Retirement is certainly not on the cards for Stanley, he is still chair of the Matamata Health Shuttle, which he says is going extremely well. In eight years, it has transported over 18,000 people. He is also a trustee of Pohlen Hospital and project managed the re-build and has been with the Matamata Lions for 28 years.
Garry Stanley with his wife Mary. Gary is stepping down from local government politics.