Know your candidates
MOTUEKA COMMUNITY BOARD CANDIDATES The fifth in a weekly series leading up to the October 12 local government elections profiling our district’s community board, council and mayoral hopefuls. This week the we profile the candidates standing for the four s
Anna Louise Cole
My mother, Joy Henderson’s ancestors, the Groobys, came to Nelson in 1843 and in 1849 moved to Rocky River, she grew up in Motueka.
My father, Norman Coles’ ancestors, came in the late 1840s to Nelson. He grew up at Coles’ Beach, Motueka River.
I grew up at Riverside Community, married and raised three sons there. In the mid-eighties I trained as an Early Childhood worker; working in Motueka and Richmond; then managed Nelson Polytechnic childcare as a registered teacher. I moved to Riwaka in 2003.
I want to listen to your concerns, ideas and interests.My interests are public health and public amenities, the elderly, the disabled and other minority groups.
I want to change TDC’s mounting debt, the inaction about stopbank maintenance, High Street traffic, the library extension and increase Iwi involvement in Governance and future planning issues.
Born and bred in Motueka and married with two grown sons. Background in automotive mechanics with 20 years experience in successful business and management enterprises.
Passionate about youth training, especially within the motor and related industries. Currently offering automotive pre-trades training.
I am seeking re-election for my third term on the Motueka Community Board. Motueka is the volunteer capital of New Zealand.
Community projects need clear direction and the MCB is the ideal forum for not only advocacy but leadership. I want to see Motueka progress and grow, encouraging employment opportunities, especially for youth.
I am extremely proud of the way the Board has gelled with open communication with Council and successfully consulted on how projects within the area are managed and funded.
Over the last three years the MCB has worked hard to see numerous ‘‘projects’’ completed locally, that would have never been possible without our representation and leadership.
Richard Charles Horell
I am a 60-year-old orchardist who has given 15 years previously to the Motueka Community Board.
I have taken a break of nine years from the board in order to restructure the business which my wife Sue and I own and feel now that I can do justice to job if elected.
I will bring an experienced business and public service attitude to the board with the priority of ensuring Motueka’s voice is heard and that we will get our share of the cake so to speak. I want to ensure my children and grandchildren have a well administered town to be proud of.
If elected to the Motueka Community Board I will provide an avenue of support for ratepayers and do my utmost to carry their wishes and concerns to council.
I will also continue to address the following issues that are important, namely, Council’s overspending that incurs ever increasing debt, Motueka’s rezoning that must be revisited as it unjustifiably affects ratepayers, and Kaiteriteri Road remains a high priority and must be included in Council’s 5-10 year plan to ensure its completion within this timeframe.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent on reports involving the Motueka River and it is now time for action – removal of the gravel will protect the stopbank and the bridge.
Lastly, the Motueka Port must have a channel to open waters if it is to remain viable.
I have the ability to listen, I will ask the hard questions on behalf of this Ward.
My name is Russell Loder, married to Diane and we have three adult children living in the Motueka Ward, with two grandchildren, and Diane and I have been resident’s of Mariri for the last 15 years.
I have 10 years experience in a governing situation having been the C.E.O of the Wairarapa Bush, Marlborough and Nelson Bays Rugby Football Unions and I am currently employed as a sales representative for an agriculture products company and am well informed of the Ward’s problems.
I ask for your vote so that I can make a difference to your town and ward, by ensuring that our elected Council representatives are kept honest in supporting our ward, not approving works in other regions. Expect more, vote for Russell (Arkie) for action and results.
I was born and educated in Motueka, I am 52 years old, married to Alison and have three children.
I am currently seeking re-election. I am totally committed to the well-being of the Motueka Ward, and my background clearly demonstrates this. Coming from a rural background and now living and working in town provides me with a balanced view.
I understand the differences within our Ward. I believe in progress but not at the expense of the ratepayers. We need energetic and intelligent people to push Motueka’s point of view in the TDC. Rates have to be affordable. Reducing unnecessary delays, bureaucratic costs, and the paper war are just some of the issues that need to be addressed.
Flood protection, water reticulation, planning for the future of Motueka all this and more, I have the skills to represent you. I will represent what the community wants.
Born and raised in Motueka, Dana has a PhD in medical law and ethics from Kings College (London), and brings a fresh, constructive voice to the Board.
She returns to the area after serving on the Guelph Mercury Community Editorial Board in Canada, where her column still appears about the arts, environmental concerns, and community wellbeing.
While celebrating the existing strengths of the community, Dana seeks to inspire confidence and participation in the future of the area. She wants to see a more user-friendly Board that advocates for the health and safety of the community.
She encourages measures that build a more sustainable community, support programmes for youth, and promote Motueka as an edible garden town.
In her spare time she attempts to train her dog, finish a novel, and raise an organic garden with her husband and son. Contact Dana and get involved at www.vote.co.nz
I have lived in Motueka for some 22 years. I am passionate about the town and stunning area we all live in. My wife Melanie and I along with our two kids Piper and Maxim run Abel Tasman Outdoors in High Street Motueka and we both are passionate about our local community.
I am on the Our Town Motueka committee and I am very keen to see Motueka grow and strive to be the great place we live in.
My leisure interests are mountain biking, fishing, the outdoors, and sports with kids. I want to promote Motueka as a safe and vibrant community by focusing on economic development – building on existing strengths, identifying and marketing further opportunities.
Protecting our environment and our natural resources, supporting community wellbeing and a sense of belonging, and recognising our history and cultures.
I will represent Motueka and the people with a passion if elected.
Hi, I am Boris, married to Marth for 38 years, with 2 adult sons. We have lived here for nearly 30 years.
I work in the horticultural industry and Marth is a caregiver at our local J.I.F. Hospital.
In the past I have been involved in organising a petition to make the Motueka Bridge safer for pushbikes and pedestrians, which resulted in the clip-on bridge for slow traffic.
Now I want improvement on some other important issues. If elected I want the Community Board to get broader powers, so that we can work on problems of affordable housing and safeguarding our rivers.
Another concern I have, is the spiralling debt of TDC (which is us). I strongly believe ratepayers should be informed, how much it is going up, and how much is interest. If you think I should have a go, please use your vote.
I arrived in Motueka 10 years ago with my husband Peter when we bought Arcadia Organics.
During that time we have been involved in many fundraising activities for schools and local community events.
I became and still am involved with Our Town Motueka as Secretary.
My drive has always been to bring together business and community to work in harmony to raise awareness of Motueka and the assets it has to offer to residents and visitors alike. I am trustee of Vision Motueka.
We need to create a town that is thriving and full of passion. A community that celebrates its history and takes that entrepreneurial spirit forward into a positive future.
This will encourage people to come to Motueka as a destination to stay awhile, shop, work and live.
I am a Natural Health Practitioner whose passion is the whole health of the community. Phone 03 528 9891 or www.circlescentre.co.nz
I have lived in Motueka with my partner for 14 years. My work as Strengthening Families Coordinator in the Motueka Ward and beyond keeps me in touch with families, services, and issues that affect the wellbeing of the wider community.
I am an honest, organised and conscientious person who believes in fairness and justice for all people. Advocacy, active listening, and knowledge of local resources are some of the skills that I would bring Community Board.
Over the years my voluntary service has been in areas of governance, strategic planning, change management, and the organisation of events. I am an active member of Vision Motueka.
I believe in supporting local business and services. Protection of our natural environment is important to me.
I make the most of our piece of paradise by being involved in a variety of outdoor activities: river and sea fishing, walking, kayaking and gardening.
to the My wife, Patricia, and I are longterm residents with our home at Goodman Drive, Motueka.
I have been Chair of the Motueka Community Board for two terms. Earlier, I had been a Councillor on Tasman District Council.
The next three years promise important projects for our Motueka ward.
These include the Library Development, the Wastewater Treatment Plant, improvements to the Memorial Hall, the Motueka cemetery enhancement, and Council’s proposed Planning Changes for Central and West Motueka.
There needs to be a renewed emphasis on our local economic strengths, encouraging employment opportunities for youth. The Great Taste Cycle Trail from Lower Moutere to Kaiteriteri signals a vital tourist uplift.
Another objective is to continue improvements to our roading and stormwater networks and strengthen flood protection from our main rivers and tributaries.
I am passionate about Motueka’s future, and will continue to challenge myself to achieve even the smallest dream or objective.