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

The Leader (Tasman) - - ELECTION -

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.

Paul Hawkes

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.

Dave Le­long

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.

Rus­sell Loder

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.

Cliff Sather­ley

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.

Dana Wens­ley

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

Ken­dall Ri­ley

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.

Boris Leeg­wa­ter

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.

Linda Woodgate

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

Linda Glew

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.

David Ogilvie

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.

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