Te Whare has more plans for Tu­rangi

Taupo Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - STEPH RANGI

Tu­rangi-Ton­gariro Ward res­i­dents will have the chance to vote for a new com­mu­nity board mem­ber and a new coun­cil­lor from Septem­ber 14 to Oc­to­ber 6.

See­ing the by-elec­tion as an op­por­tu­nity to give back to the Tu­rangi com­mu­nity once again, Chris Te Whare jumped at the chance to run for the coun­cil­lor po­si­tion on the Tu­rangiTon­gariro Ward.

Te Whare al­ready has plenty of ex­po­sure to coun­cil busi­ness.

He spent six years as a Com­mu­nity Board mem­ber and said he was part of a re­ally good team dur­ing that time.

‘‘I’m a so­lu­tions-based per­son and I be­lieve I have a good rep­u­ta­tion for com­mu­ni­cat­ing and rep­re­sent­ing peo­ple,’’ he said.

‘‘I am a great ad­vo­cate for a team-based ap­proach and also en­joy help­ing peo­ple plan for the fu­ture.’’

Although Te Whare lives in Taupo as part of his em­ploy­ment, he said he still pro­motes Tu­rangi as a place with huge po­ten­tial.

‘‘I feel I have the time to rep­re­sent Tu­rangi well. I’ve spo­ken to com­mu­nity mem­bers who are happy to sup­port me.’’

Te Whare ran for the Tu­rangiTon­gariro Ward last year but was un­suc­cess­ful.

If he gets in this time, Te Whare said he hopes to push the eco­nomic strat­egy that will be re­leased later in the year.

‘‘[I want] to bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion with com­mu­nity and the board and want to con­tinue the work started on the lat­est com­mu­nity plan,’’ he said.

Te Whare said his good net­works and lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, along with some of the or­gan­i­sa­tions he is in­volved with in Taupo, will com­ple­ment and sup­port what he hopes to en­cour­age in Tu­rangi; Taupo Path­ways, 100% Lake Taupo Char­i­ta­ble Trust, and sup­port­ing lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions through fund­ing grants.

Te Whare hopes to put what he has learnt from his past into help­ing Tu­rangi.

He also has good knowl­edge of Tu­rangi, hav­ing been a po­lice of­fi­cer in the area from 2006-2009.

His other back­ground ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes be­ing a teacher aide and be­ing the Ton­gariro School Al­ter­na­tive Ed­u­ca­tion co­or­di­na­tor from 2013 un­til 2015.

He is cur­rently Camp Man­ager for New Zealand Blue Light, board mem­ber of Wairakei School, among other things, and has 19 years ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with youth for both Taupo and Tu­rangi Blue Light.

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