My name is Bernard Westerbaan. My family has been in the Te Awamutu Ward since 1984. Married for 36 years, 5 children and 4 grandchildren.
Working background is 20 years in Local Government. I was part of the Finance and Property team.
My position at the Waipa District Council was made redundant due to a re-structure, reason was cost benefit yet rates increased by 5%.
Being in a ward that has many people on either fixed or low income I want to see expenditure curbed as currently the rates are un-affordable. Water supply, roading maintenance and sewer plants are more important then a $15 million museum/theatre complex, especially when the population of Waipa increases. I am in favour of a stand alone lower cost museum.
I can be contacted on 871 7039 and will listen to you concerns, also on Facebook/www.elections2010.co.nz. It would be an honour to represent you.
Top 5 Issues
- Keeping rates affordable is a main issue for me. Like many out in the community I am earning just over the minimum wage and have to work well beyond the '40' hour work week to make ends meet. It is important to me to involve the community to establish what is important to you "the ratepayer"
- Availability to you is important to me and you. If there are issues like potholes in your street and it is not fixed quickly enough you will be able to contact me either email or phone and I will pursue the matter for you. You will receive feedback and progress reports.
- With the predicted increase of people in the Waipa District it will be important to start concentrating on the infrastructure. We will need an improved water supply, more sewer and storm water structures. There are still streets, especially in Kihikihi, that need kerb and channel, and footpaths.
- Accountability and honesty is important to all, elected members should be able to speak their mind but also able to work as a team. Local Government issues should be an open book to all and in plain English so everyone understands what is happening in their District/Wards.
Married for 36 years, 5 children and 4 grandchildren.
Work history in New Zealand
8 years farming, of which 5 years as 50/50 sharemilker
5 years local accountancy
20 years at the Waipa District Council (was made redundant in January 2010)
At Council I was employed in the Finance and Property Departments
Main work in the last 18 months at Council:
Maintenance of the Council Occupied Buildings: administration buildings, libraries, museums and dog pounds.
Since February full time employed with Waikato Security as a security guard.
Football, music, Community Patrol, amateur radio (also supporting Civil Defence),
Board of Trustees at Te Awamutu Intermediate School, people in general. Te Awamutu Bible Chapel.
Future interests: Grey Power, Citizen Advice and Victim Support.
Authorised by Bernard Westerbaan of 38 Whittaker St, Kihikihi 3800
Results - Final
- Richard Hurrell
- Marcus Gower
- Dean Taylor
- Bernard Westerbaan
- Kellie Ellis
- Monique Mexted
- Kataraina Hodge