Coun­cil can­di­date re­turn­ing to her roots

South Waikato News - - Elections -

Rita Beck­man­n­flay may live out­side the dis­trict but it’s her roots which have brought her back to the South Waikato to stand for the Tokoroa Ward seat in the lo­cal body elec­tions.

Beck­man­n­flay’s mother was of Raukawa and Te Arawa de­scent and she grew up in Ta­papa near Pu­taruru in the 60s. She was also a foun­da­tion stu­dent at Pu­taruru In­ter­me­di­ate.

While she cur­rently re­sides in Auck­land with her hus­band Richard she also owns a rental prop­erty in Tokoroa.

The mother of three, the youngest of which is in Year 12, said she and her hus­band are now at an age where they would like to leave the city and set­tle lo­cally. Some­thing which she knows many other Auck­lan­ders are also con­sid­er­ing and if elected hous­ing is an area she would like to look more closely at.

‘‘Tokoroa is beau­ti­ful and there is a se­ri­ous prob­lem with hous­ing in Auck­land and I think we could cap­i­talise on that,’’ she said.

She said a plan also needs to be put in place to pro­tect the Blue Spring in Pu­taruru for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

‘‘I per­son­ally think the ban on swim­ming in parts of Te Wai­hou is a good thing be­cause of the unique flora and fauna and if we con­tinue to open it up to a lot of foot traf­fic it will ac­tu­ally cre­ate a lot of dam­age,’’ she said.

‘‘I grew up here 40/50 years ago when it didn’t have all the foot traf­fic so im­age if we can keep it that way for an­other 50 years.’’

Hav­ing been brought up by a Scots­man, who adopted her when she was seven, and now mar­ried to a for­mer banker Dutch­man she said she is very fru­gal when it comes to spend­ing which she said would be a use­ful skill as a coun­cil­lor.

‘‘I have a very healthy sav­ings ac­count be­cause my fa­ther taught me how to save and I mar­ried a banker so I have had a dou­ble dose of learn­ing the process and keep­ing on track, ‘‘she said.

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Rita Beck­man­n­flay is stand­ing for the Tokoroa Ward seat in the up­com­ing lo­cal body elec­tions.

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