As a local ratepayer for the past 35 years with active involvement in the community I have sound knowledge of local affairs. As a recent councillor I have been able to represent the National Park Ward effectively when it counts and would like the opportunity to build on this experience.
The National Park Ward is diverse in character with a strong farming community and an expanding visitor industry based around the conservation estate.
I believe the mostly small owner−operated business's here will prosper with a forward looking Council and active, involved community representatives. The national cycleway will bring a new dimension to our visitor industry and I am determined to see that our Ward and Ruapehu District make the most of the opportunity.
I strongly back the Council work to improve our basic infrastructure such as the road network and utilities to meet current needs and to support this growth.
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I have broad experience in farming, finance, hospitality, conservation and local government
Farming with a family farm at Puniwhakau
Finance in consumer finance and money market in Wellington
Hospitality with a hotel in central Christchurch and lodges at Methven and National Park Village
Conservation with projects in Urewera, Mount Aspiring and Tongariro National Parks and restoration of the Tupapakurua Falls Track
Local government as councillor for the National Park Ward for the Ruapehu District Council.
Current roles are with the Mayoral Taskforce for Economic Development, the District Plan Review Committee, a trustee for the Visit Ruapehu Trust, National Park Village Business and Progressive Assns plus the National Park Community Board.
Other interests include Taumarunui Tramping Club, Tongariro Natural History Society, Friends of Whanganui River, cycleway routes and local heritage.
I have unique knowledge of local affairs and believe I can provide strong and effective leadership.
I believe we must keep rates reasonable while still making progress on our basic infrastructure such as roads and water utilities.
Authorised by Murray Wilson of Jam Cottage Mackenzie Street National Park Village