It has been a pleasure to be your Mayor for the past three years. I am now seeking re-election to finish some of the major projects I’ve started.
The District needs good leadership to continue on a sensible path forward - I believe I have the experience, positive energy, honesty and work ethic to help Kapiti through challenging and changing times ahead.
I’ve lived in Kapiti for 12 years, am a former Mayor of Inglewood, a retired Environment Court Commissioner, and a former member of the Paekakariki Community Board.
In the next three years I will: advocate strongly for greater accessibility, accountability, and the best environmental results for the Sandhills Expressway. I will progress the new water storage initiative, complete Stage One of the Aquatic Centre, develop the Mahara Gallery into a district-wide Gallery, and provide strong leadership on the future governance of the Wellington region. Visit: www.jennyrowan.co.nz
Top 5 Issues
I offer proven, inclusive leadership that gets results and cares about the future of all Kapiti residents and their communities.
- Economic Growth:
We need to grow our economy so we take the burden off ratepayers. I will foster economic growth, through strategic relationships with Grow Wellington and other key players in the region, support and encourage existing business, and build capacity in our workforce through education and intelligent job creation.
- The NZTA Expressway:
I am committed to making the best of the Government’s decision to build the Sandhills Expressway. I will work to get the best possible economic, environmental and social outcomes for the community.
- Sorting the Water:
We have already made significant progress. I will work to implement the river recharge water solution by summer 2012. I will also make sure important storm water projects stay on the agenda to prevent future flooding in the district.
- The Aquatic Centre:
Is long overdue and a majority of people in the District want it. I will See Stage One of the Centre designed and built by December 2012.
About Jenny Rowan
Jenny Rowan has been involved in community politics for the past 30 years. She is a former Mayor of Inglewood (1986-1989), a former Deputy Chair of the Taranaki Regional Council (1989-1991) and a former Deputy Chair of the Paekakariki Community Board (PCB).
Prior to being elected Mayor, Jenny worked as a Commissioner in the Environment Court for 16 years and worked throughout New Zealand hearing cases on a range of high profile resource management issues including controversial roading projects, subdivisions, and developments.
Jenny has lived in Paekakariki since 1999. She first became known to Paekakariki people during the 2000-2001 floods when she put her extensive civil defence experience into practice as the village’s Civil Defence Co-ordinator. She is a former National Civil Defence Recovery coordinator and in this role has worked with a diverse range of communities to help them get back on their feet after major disaster events.
As a member of the Paekakariki Community Board Jenny led the fight to save Whareroa Farm and keep it in community hands. This campaign was so successful the Government paid out $4.5million to buy the farm back from Landcorp and Jenny remains involved in the Whareroa Farm Trust.
Last year, she founded, and now chairs the Kapiti U.S. Marines Trust, which aims to collect, preserve and promote the unique U.S. Marines history, in and around Whareroa Farm, Queen Elizabeth Park and Paekakariki village.
Jenny has been a key player in both the restoration of the award-winning antique signal box in Paekakariki, and the historic old barn in Queen Elizabeth Park.
Jenny comes from a fourth generation farming family in Taranaki. She was involved in a farming business partnership in Taranaki for 18 years while raising her two daughters. She lives in Paekakariki with Jools, her partner of 23 years. Together, they have six children and three grandchildren.
She is a qualified mediator, a Justice of the Peace and was awarded the Queen’s Service Order in 1991.
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