Your vote is important to me! I’m a fourth generation Porirua resident living with my husband and daughter in Cannons Creek. I am familiar with how councils work through being a Porirua News and Evening Post journalist. I have written for business and engineering magazines and worked in Victoria University’s management department. I’m a Wellington Playcentre Association executive member and their Public Relations team convenor.
I have a B. A. in English and Science, and diplomas in Journalism and Teaching English as a Second Language. I have lived and worked in London and China, and studied Mandarin in Beijing.
I see the Eastern ward as a microcosm of Porirua and we should make the most of this diversity. Facilities like Cannons Creek Pool and Aotea Lagoon are assets for us all. Communities need healthy housing, functioning services and efficient roading networks. I look forward to helping achieve these ideals.
Top 5 Issues
- Reduce the rates burden. Operating more efficiently; sharing services with other local authorities; focusing on essential services; and
looking at other sources of income: such as encouraging businesses to set up in the
city (thus increasing commercial rates), and ensuring council investment income goes towards decreasing residents' rates are all steps that must be taken.
- Roading issues within the Eastern Ward. Efficient access into and out of Aotea and Ascot Park is essential given population growth in that area. The proposed link road into Waitangirua from Transmission Gully needs to meet Waitangirua residents' needs as well as the region's needs. The roundabout near the Shell Service Station and Ranui entrance is dangerous with unacceptable waiting times at peak hours. This needs to be resolved. The state of Porirua Railway Station, seen by thousands of people every day, is a disgrace. It needs to be graffiti resistant and safe. More car parks are needed.
- Ensuring existing community services, such as Cannons Creek Pool, Cannons Creek Lake, Cannons Creek shops, Waitangirua Mall development and Aotea Lagoon are at least maintained, if not improved. Aotea and Ascot Park need basic community services. A sense of community can not develop if residents must travel outside the area they live in to meet their daily needs.
- The council needs to assist in the provision of healthy and sufficent housing for our residents. There are over 400 people wanting Housing New Zealand houses in our city. There is also a shortage of emergency housing. Working with other similar cities to find solutions to this issue will result in better and quicker outcomes for all.
- Our ward has the highest number of schools in Porirua. Many are low decile. I want to make sure they are receiving the assistance they deserve and look at opportunities for them working together - such as fundraising. Other services that work with youth such as the Cannons Creek based Alternative School and Cannons Creek Opportunity Centre also need to retain Government funding and community support. Council needs to work with Porirua City Youth Advisory Group to form closer networks with our youth. Our young people are our future.
Journalist Jude Barlow wants to use her communication and analytical skills to ensure
council processes are more transparent for Porirua’s Eastern Ward residents.
Ms Barlow, a fourth generation Porirua resident, lives in Cannons Creek with her
husband and daughter.
“Growing up in Porirua means I am passionate about our city. Since covering Porirua,
City Council, as a Porirua News and Evening Post journalist, I have wondered
whether our city’s residents are getting the best from their local authority. Personality
clashes and self interest can see a lot of time wasted. There is also a tendency for
more of the business of council to be done in private which is not how democracies
“Porirua City Council needs to reduce the rates burden by operating more efficiently,
sharing services with other local authorities, focusing on essential services and
looking at other sources of income such as encouraging businesses to set up in the
city, and managing investments.”
“Writing for business and engineering magazines and working in Victoria
University’s management department has helped me learn how to simplify and
communicate complex issues. As a Wellington Playcentre Association executive
member and their Public Relations team convenor I have learnt how to operate as a
team player and coordinate volunteers to achieve a result that’s best for all – most
importantly our preschoolers.”
Travelling, living and working in a range of countries means I am comfortable being
in a multi-cultural environment. I also know how challenging it can be for some of
our residents to achieve daily activities in a second language environment. This was
highlighted for me when I worked in China as an Intrepid Travel tour guide.”
“As a parent I have gained a closer association with my community and appreciate
how lucky we are to live in Porirua; being involved with ‘Creekfest’ and ‘The Festival
of the Elements’ are wonderful ways to celebrate this. This soccer season I’ve enjoyed
coaching a Mighty Midgets’ four-year-olds’ soccer team. Watching hundreds of our
children gain team and ball skills while having fun has been one the best experiences
Conflicts of Interest
Authorised by D.J. Pointon of 162 Champion Street, Cannons Creek, Porirua
Results - Final
- Litea Ah Hoi
- Faafoi Seiuli
- Denys Latham
- Wayne Poutoa
- Robert Rangi
- Hayden Nash
- Jude Barlow
- Tim Manu
- Piripi Gray
- Maria Salu-Burgess
- Dave Cochran