I have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.
Always lived in West, half in Ranges
* Karanga Camp Grounds - helped build, managed 26yrs
* Cofounder Camp Quality NZ 10yrs
* Bethells TV Transmitter - built and managed 10yrs
* Waitakere Kindergarten - establishment, fundraising committee 2yrs
* Waitakere Ratepayers Association Committee 12yrs
* Waitakere Ranges Protection Society 10yrs
* Waitakere City Council Committees 10yrs
* Waitakere Ranges Heritage Trust P/C 3yrs
* Te Henga Quarry Management Committee 16yrs
* District Court Community Works Co-ordinator 10yrs
* Waitakere and Rodney Rural Fire Officer 16yrs
* Bethells Fire Station founder and OIC 21yrs
* Regional District Fire Committee 16yrs
* Search and Rescue Co-ordinator 16yrs
* Civil Defence Co-ordinator 16yrs
JP.R, Queens Medal, 21yr Fire Medal, WCC Mayoral Award, NZ Police Award
Carpenter, Locksmith, Driver, Professional Firefighter, businessman
Issues - Keeping rates down, public transport, environment, property-owners concerns,liaison on crime management
Top 5 Issues
- Keeping rates down
I plan to be vigilant and constantly looking for ways to keep rates from rising.One example is the idea of having 3 separate offices and staff for the 3 boards.We have a perfectly placed building with all the information in one place in Henderson.Save money and use it.
- Public Transport
I want it to be efficient, affordable and reachable for all in the areas we have it, without causing rate increases.
The Waitakere Ranges Local Board covers a diverse area and types of usage. We have large pockets of urban area,rural,The Ranges/Parks and the beaches/coastline. Each area has its own specific environmental issues but as a board we need to work hard to keep them all in harmony and balance. Affordable rubbish disposal would go a long way to stop dumping in the ranges.
- Property owners concerns.
If changes are needed in an area, or a zone change is going to adversely effect land owners, then they need to be made aware and asked for input to get the best outcome. For example when land is needed for a road a land owner is compensated at market value. So if a piece of land is needed to add to Centennial Park or a zone change to help the park for example, then the same should apply.
- Liaison on crime management
Crime is a concern for all of us in our daily lives.
I have had a lot of experience in the emergency service operations and worked extensively with the Police.
I will continue to do this to make sure we have the best crime management we can for our area.
My Community Involvement
Karanga Camp Grounds
Building started on the grounds around 1970 with just minimal camping facilities for families. (The grounds are owned by the Community of Christ Church.)
When they discovered there was a shortage of grounds available to the general public, they decided to do something about it.
I have been involved since that time and organised or built many of the facilities there.
I was on the board of management and appointed works manager for the time of my involvement.
The grounds are a non profit organisation so my work was unpaid.
The camp is on Te Henga Rd Bethells Beach and is available for any organisation to hire.I was involved for 26yrs.
Camp Quality N.Z.
Camp Quality is a world wide organisation that runs camps for children with cancer up to the age of 13yrs.
Mr Boyle and I organized the first N.Z. Camp in the 1980s and it has now spread through out NZ with the help of Lions N.Z
I was involved in their running for 10yrs.
Bethells Beach Television Transmitter
The Te Henga Bethells Beach area had very little reception and in some parts none at all.
In the early 1980s I organised the design, fundraising, building and management of the transmitter.I maintained it for 10yrs until TVNZ took it over.
I was part of the establishment committee responsible for raising funds to build the kindy. I worked on that for two years until the goal was achieved.
Waitakere Ratepayers Association
I was on the committee for 12yrs and was involved in getting many projects achieved in the area, including the resiting of the Domain hall.
I was also the representitive on council committees for the community.
Waitakere Ranges Protection Society
As a member for 10yrs I had an input on a number of issues involving the ranges.
I was appointed by the ratepayers association to be the community's representitive on the WCC Te Henga Quarry management committee.I did this for 10yrs and it involved changing the structure of managing the quarry along with planning a replanting program for each area of finished quarry.
This also was in a voluntary capacity.
Waitakere Ranges Heritage Trust
As a leader in the local community and a member of the ratepayers association I was invited to sit on a committee of people who were starting to draft early input into the planning of the trust.
I was involved for 3yrs.
District Court community works organiser
With lots of community jobs to be done. I approached the court to set me up in our area to supervise
people on community service.
I used them to do jobs on the surf club fire stn camp grounds school and many other areas.
I did this for 10yrs in a voluntary role.
WCC and Rodney Volunteer Rural Fire Officer
This role was for 16yrs and involved issuing fire permits and property inspections for same.
Bethells Fire Station Founder and Officer in Charge
As a professional firefighter at the time, I saw many houses at Bethells and Waitakere burn down due to time delay or lack of water resources.
I decided in 1980 to set up a local response unit with a few neighbours.
Two of us put money up and I bought a towable pump. As I looked into it further I found legislation
that allowed council the powers to create rural fire force units.
I started working with council and other interested people in creating a workable constitution
that could be used by us and others.While this was happering I was still procuring the equipment and land for a fire station.What started at my place was soon in a station
that we fundraised for and built. As a volunteer I fundraised, managed and ran the Station for 21yrs.
WCC Regional Fire Committee
Because of my role with the Fire Stn I was asked to sit on the committee along with representatives
from the N.Z.Fire Service and ARC.
Our job was to manage and plan fire protection for the Ranges.
I was involved in this for 16yrs in a voluntary capacity.
Search and Rescue
I worked closely with Police,Fire and Ambulance in running the local search and rescue needs and responses.This was a voluntary role I did for 16yrs also.
Civil Defence Coordinator
In this role I was responsible for creating and implementing rescue and evacuation plans for floods fire or a dam burst. I was also responsible for designing an early warning system for dam burst.
Bethells valley only had one road in and out and therefore created a number of challenges in these situations.
In 1990 I received a Queens Medal for my services to N.Z.
This was partly for my work with children and the rural fire implementation work.
The WCC Mayoral award was for my years of community service to the City.
The N.Z.Police award was for the years of voluntary service and assistance I had given on operations in the area.
The 21yr Rural Fire Medal was for long service as a volunteer.
Authorised by Peter Fielding of 5 Chilcott Rd Henderson Auckland
Questions answered by Peter Fielding
Peter Fielding's Reply
Some of those powers are still to be decided on by the new Council. In broad terms the board will be responsible for the same things the out going councillors have been doing.If a decision the board was going to make effects other areas then the new council will take that issue over and make the decision on it.The board will decide which roads get repaired etc and prepair a budget to be approved by Auckland City Councillors.This is a brief answer but I hope it helps.check out other candidate's answers
Results - Final
- Judy Lawley
- Mark Brickell
- Janet Clews
- Greg Presland
- Neil Henderson
- Denise Yates
- Peter Fielding
- Steve Tollestrup
- Andrew Higgs
- Ivan Yukich
- Christopher Penk
- Paul Mitchell
- Pim Van Der Voort
- Carl Harding
- Gayle Marshall
- John Newick
- Steve McDonald