Look­ing for­ward to the fu­ture

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

A woman who is pas­sion­ate about sports and the ru­ral in­dus­try hopes she’ll have a chance to put the ex­pe­ri­ence to use when she con­tests the lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions.

Adri­enne Wil­cock is an avid sportsper­son, a dairy­ing and ru­ral re­cy­cling ad­vo­cate and is now a can­di­date in the Mata­mata Ward for the Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil.

She is the cur­rent chair of the AgRe­cov­ery Foun­da­tion, a ru­ral re­cy­cling pro­gramme and was ap­pointed by DairyNZ as a trus­tee in 2013, and be­came chair April last year.

It’s work she’s pas­sion­ate about and plans to con­tinue if she is suc­cess­ful in her cam­paign as coun­cil­lor.

The role also means she has ex­pe­ri­ence in gov­er­nance, and has at­tended many coun­cil meet­ings. How­ever she ad­mits, sit­ting in those meet­ings also sat­is­fied her cu­ri­ous per­son­al­ity.

Wil­cock has a strong back­ground in a broad range of sports. She and her hus­band War­wick are life mem­bers of the Wal­ton ten­nis club. Wil­cock served on the Mata­mata netball com­mit­tee for 10 years, most satur­days you will now find her um­pir­ing. She has a good un­der­stand­ing of the chal­lenges sport clubs face.

How­ever these two in­ter­ests aside, Wil­cock isn’t com­ing in with an agenda to speak for dairy­ing or sport. They are just two ar­eas in life she cares deeply about and is hope­ful to use the experiences to bet­ter serve her com­mu­nity.

Com­mu­nity is her real pas­sion and be­ing part of a team that will make de­ci­sions ben­e­fit­ing the fu­ture of the Mata­mata-Pi­ako dis­trict.

‘‘It’s just about look­ing for­ward to the fu­ture. Im in­ter­ested in all facets. The de­ci­sions we make to­day, aren’t just about to­mor­row, they are about fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

‘‘It’s quite ex­cit­ing if you can be part of what a com­mu­nity can look like, what you can be in­volved in. I want the best for our com­mu­nity, to serve our res­i­dents well into the fu­ture.’’

She ac­knowl­edged three longserv­ing Mata­mata ward coun­cil­lors are standing down.

She was happy to see Mayor Jan Barnes re-elcted unop­posed so her lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence can be passed along.

Adri­enne Wil­cock is one of the five coun­cil­lor can­di­dates for the Mata­mata ward

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