Te Whare has more plans for Turangi
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.