Garry Stan­ley farewells pol­i­tics

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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.

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