LOCAL BODY ELECTIONS 2022
Which communities will you speak for and about at the council table?
As a 3 term city councillor (and 3 years on the Saddle Community Board and 6 years on Peninsula Community Board) I have spoken on, represented issues and supported for all communities across the city. Councillors are elected from all corners of our city and need to represent everyone.
What is the number one social and economic issue for the community and for the city? (DCC question). What is the key issue for the region at this time and for the next 10 years? (ORC question)
Housing. Cost to buy, build, develop and rent. Housing affordability is out of control and as the city grows it is going to get worse.
How will you elevate community aspirations? How will you know what they are? (DCC question only)
Listening to the wants and needs of the community. Talking to groups and engaging with them. The DCC Residents Opinion Survey is also a very good benchmark in what the community is seeking. I am also active in the community through my roles as Chair of Volunteer South and Chair of Community House (home to many of our city's Not-For-Profit groups.
Under the Local Government Act 2002, councils are required to maintain and improve opportunities for Māori to contribute to local government decision-making processes. How will you honour this obligation in your role with the Dunedin City Council/Otago Regional Council?
Iwi relationships are important to the city. Through Aukaha and the DCC's Maori Participation Working Party we have made some very good progress over the last 3-years. I would welcome stronger working engagement.
What is your usual approach to achieving collegial and constructive relationships with the people you work with? What is the most important element of a constructive working relationship?
Listening and working with. I have done this at the many various groups and associations I have been involved with. When it comes to council it is important to acknowledge that Council is 15 people (Mayor & 14 Councillors). The strength of council (or any group) is the weakest link. So ensuring everyone has the opportunity to have their voice heard is important.
The DCC's place-based community fund has been a game changer for community-led development and growing connected and resilient communities in Ōtepoti. What more will you do as a councillor to support community development in the city? (DCC candidate question only)
I have been a very big supporter of place based funding since the beginning. I will continue to advocate for it. More importantly I look forward to seeing and hearing more about the outcomes that are coming from this funding and the benefits to the communities.
I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.