I have been privileged to have been Mayor of the Tasman District for the last three years. During that time I believe my vision and leadership has been instrumental in helping our district maintain its positive and progressive outlook.
I am a decisive leader and communicator, working cooperatively with various groups.
I work constructively with adjoining Councils and support the development of attractive, vibrant, well connected towns.
I will protect the long-term quality of our environment and encourage innovative business development.
I will also continue to work for a business friendly Council, aiming to reduce unnecessary costs and timeframes.
I am 54, have been married to Jane for 31 years. We have four children, and two granddaughters.
Top 5 Issues
- Delivering core services at an affordable price. Another way of saying this is keeping rates increases as low as possible. I think this is the key issue for our council and perhaps all councils.
- It is very important that I and Tasman District Council support the communities in our district. We have a document which identifies projects tho be carried out in the 17 main settlements in our district. Community Boards, Residents Associations and Community Councils are fundamentally important to link these communities with Council. If re-elected I will be making a top priority improving the relationship with our two community boards.
- I see the enabling of the Lee Valley Dam as the most important development for the region over the next ten years. It is critical that there is provision of an augmented water supply on the Waimea Plain. I am a strong supporter of the Waimea Water Augmentation Committee (WWAC) running the feasibility study for this project. While WWAC is independent of Councils, this group has had strong support from both Councils and particularly Tasman. WWAC is currently establishing the preferred structure to own, and fund the dam. I fully support this process and will do everything possible to lead the Council decision-making relating to this project
- In Motueka there are two critical water related issues. One is improving flood control which at a standard and cost which is acceptable to the people of Motueka. A second is deciding whether to reticulate the 75% of the town that has personal bore water - this will need confirmation whether governments drinking water subsidy is available and whether Motueka residents support this.
- Working constructively and effectively with Nelson City Council, and other adjoining councils, to develop shared services in order to make economic savings where possible. I am commited to establishing and maintaining a good working relationship with elected representatives of these adjoining councils.
I am 54 years of age, married to Jane for 31 years. We have four children aged 23 to 29 and three grand children aged newborn to 5. I have lived most of my life in Tasman, brought up in Eves Valley in Waimea West, attending Brightwater School, then Waimea Intermediate and College and completing a Batchelor of Science at Otago University.
Jane and I owned an orchard in Appleby from 1980 to 2001. After selling the orchard we shifted to Richmond where we have lived since. I am Chairman of the New Zealand Agrichemical Education Trust and New Zealand Boysenberry Council, and have several leadership functions within our district including Chair of the Tasman Regional Sports Trust. I have really enjoyed and found a priviledge leading the Tasman District Council. We operate very well as a team effectively making decisions for our very large and rurally diverse district.
Authorised by Richard Kempthorne of 11 Hillplough Heights, Richmond, Nelson
Questions answered by Richard Kempthorne
Richard Kempthorne's Reply
In my opinion it is very important that the ownership of water is not privatised. Water is a resource managed for the whole community. Urban water supplies are managed by Tasman District Council on behalf of the comminuty. Council sub-contracts the consultancy and operations and maintenance of water to private service providers. However the menagement of the resource and urban water infrastructure is carried out by the Council, therefore ensuring it is controlled by local elected representatives, the Council. I support this approach as I think it gives a good connection between the service delivery and public control.
It is my view that the management of water in Tasman is also managed very well. There is very effective collaboration between interested parties in meeting some of our challenges, the most significant being the way the Council has worked with the Waimea Water Augmentation Committee to investigate the contruction of a dam to augment the water supply in the Waimea Basin which is water short in most summers.check out other candidate's answers
I think the two most significant issues relating to amalgamation are representation in the district and whether there is a financial benefit with having one amalgamated council.
Tasman is a district with two larger townships, Richmond and Motueka, several smaller townships and a wide and diverse rural community. Maintaining acceptable representation where our communities feel connected to the Council is an ongoing challenge, very important to me and my councillor colleagues. I would expect that if we had one Council for Nelson and Tasman the elected replresentatives would predominantly come from the urban centre of Richmond, Stoke and Nelson. There is a high risk that rural representation would decline.
I had asked that before the Commission proceeded with their investigation into amalgamation, they would conduct an independant financial analysis of the costs and benefits of amalgamation. The Commission has decided that in the interests of a timely process they will start without that analysis. As we don\'t have that analysis I wont conclude the financial benefits one way or the other.
In its absence however, my commitment is to work constructively with neighbouring Councils to continue to develop shared services beyond what we have already, in order to maximise the resulting financial benefits. This can be achieved without amalgamation, by Nelson and Tasman working constructively together, something I am committed to.check out other candidate's answers