Advocating for Turangi’s youth
‘‘I am passionate about my home town.’’ Cristina Duff
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.
Advocating for youth and hoping to make more people aware of the country’s drug problems, are reasons why Cristina Duff has put her name forward for the TurangiTongariro Community Board.
Duff was born and bred in Turangi and felt the timing was right for her to step up.
‘‘I am passionate about my home town,’’ she said.
‘‘I want to become a voice to help create a safer, caring and nurturing environment for our children and our community.’’
In Duff’s opinion, the biggest problem - not just for Turangi, but New Zealand in general - is the booming methamphetamine (P) problem.
‘‘I would like to help by setting up more support groups as this struggle doesn’t just impact the user but the whole family and the community at large.’’
Coming from her background in the Department of Corrections, Duff said she has seen the effect methamphetamine takes on entire families, from all walks of life.
‘‘We all need to be educated more, be aware of the lengths one can go to to fund this habit, the destruction it causes, to help us read the signs and to know where to turn to get help,’’ she said.
Getting more for Turangi’s youth will also be on Duff’s agenda.
‘‘There should be more available for our youth to keep them occupied after school,’’ she said.
‘‘To help our community, we need passionate volunteers to run programmes that can keep our youth occupied, engaged and safe.
‘‘To achieve this, we need to work together with local businesses, sports groups and the district council or upgrade our current facilities where we can run these activities.’’
As this is Duff’s first time running for the community board, she said that while she won’t be doing back flips and cartwheels, she will give everything 110 per cent.
‘‘I have no hidden agendas, what you see is what you get. I believe I am fair, honest and I am a great listener,’’ she said.
‘‘I don’t believe I can change the world but I will try to implement changes where and when I can.’’
Cristina Duff says it’s time to step up for the youth of Turangi.