Candidate says listening is key
Turangi-Tongariro Community Board by-election candidate Clint Green. Voting; September 14 to October 6.
Listening is important, Clint Green says.
The Turangi resident has worked in schools and colleges across the Taupo District as a resource teacher of the deaf [RTD] for more than 17 years.
Green said he understands he’d be joining the board midterm and he’d want to ‘‘ease in, rather than come in all guns blazing,’’ if elected.
‘‘I think the notion that I’m going in to listen, rather than bring in my ‘big idea’ and make sweeping changes, is a really important one.’’
Green said he has plenty of board experience.
He is currently on the Central Plateau REAP board and has served at local, regional and national levels on the NZ Educational Institute trade union board previously. He also sat on the Turangi Primary and Tauranga-Taupo school board of trustees.
Green said he understood the crucial delineation between management and governance.
‘‘In the example of a school, the [BOT] governance is about having an oversight and making sure that all the cogs are turning and connected.
‘‘But the management, which is the principal and senior leaders, that’s making sure all that day-to-day work is done,’’ he said.
Green said his business experience included starting and running Bellbird Lodge across the road from his home.
‘‘Our kitchen had a huge circular dining table and numerous nights we’d invite guests across for dinner.’’
He also drove a 10-seater shuttle to the Tongariro Crossing.
Green said he loves living in Turangi and having easy access to fishing and the Whakapapa skifield.
He said many residents were faced with challenging issues such as theft, poverty, and access to healthcare, and he’d be a voice to keep those issues on the table.
‘‘I understand the board don’t have the the resources to solve these issues themselves, but it’s about keeping up the strategic partnerships with those who do,’’ he said.
‘‘The biggest thing is open dialogue because as soon as you sweep any of those issues under the carpet, they don’t get addressed.’’ State Highway 5 was closed south of Taupo, following a crash shortly after 6am on Monday morning.
A man was transported to hospital by helicopter with serious injuries.
Turangi Tongariro Community Board candidate Clint Green.