The Whangarei District Council is not new to me, as from 2007 till 2010 I served as your Okara Ward Councillor, making sure our community was being looked after, and six years later it has got to that time again.
From 1990 I studied and worked as a Civil Engineer for ten years, designing and managing various projects around Whangarei and Northland. Even while I was on Council I still used those skills to sort out the very much needed new disabled access to the Whangarei Swimming pool complex. Since then I started my own business and one of the aspects was training construction workers, road workers and the police how to do good traffic control.
For the past 16 years I have been running my own IT business and fixing Whangarei and Northland’s issues, and I’ve also been heavily involved in the Rotary Club of Whangarei South, the Whangarei Club, the Northland Chamber of Commerce, Whangarei City Safe, Whangarei BNI, Northland Automotive Association, Square Dealers, Forget-me-Not Adult Day Care Centre, Channel North and Northable.
Some of the many projects that I have been involved in include but not limited to: project managing the Bernina Northland Fashion Awards from the Rotary Club, organising the volunteers for the Whangarei District Council and NRU at Toll Stadium events, getting the Onerahi community shopping area upgraded and helping out with the Onerahi Christmas Parade, A&P show.
For the past 6 years we have been noticing our Council reducing the number of car-parks within the CBD, increasing the rates and spending money on things which are good, but not helping the growth of the district. Being part of the Go-Whangarei team, we are focused on stopping rate increases, enabling free car-parking, and generally getting our beautiful district back on track.
My skill set is not just within the IT and construction industries, I love our district as my community involvement is demonstrated every day, I want to see Whangarei grow, and I want to see our District Council getting behind the community and encourage more to happen here.
By voting for me, and our team of Go-Whangarei, together with our new Mayor Dave Blackley, we can make this a better place to Live, Work and Play.