Can­di­date says lis­ten­ing is key

Taupo Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ROBERT STEVEN

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.

PHOTO: ROBERT STEVEN/STUFF

Tu­rangi Ton­gariro Com­mu­nity Board can­di­date Clint Green.

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