My wife and I are proud to have raised our children and two dogs in Hamilton.
I have 30 years of business experience, 12 years as a Hamilton City councillor and have returned from overseas refreshed and reinvigorated after studying and living in the UK and Canada. I studied at the McGill Executive Institute and completed the General Management Program at Cambridge University. I volunteered in the Philippines as a Business Development Specialist on a Canadian and EU funded project.
I understand first-hand the need to protect the environment and I am determined to get the balance right between infrastructure, facilities and our growth strategy while ensuring the rates are affordable for Hamiltonians. This will take fresh, innovative, sustainable and agile thinking.
I launched Kiwi International Airlines which helped put Hamilton on the international map. I will bring a unique set of skills to the council table.
It understands a liveable city is not only areas of economic excellence, but one with a thriving arts and culture sector and leads other New Zealand city's in its environmental practices. Its successful, dynamic and vibrant
We continue to be a centre for excellence in Health Care, Science, manufacturing, technology and Academia. The city will not shy away from needing to invest and future proof crucial infrastructure like stormwater, sewerage, water treatment, and roading while embracing alternative transport modes like cycling and the new rail connection to Auckland.
Hamilton will be an affordable city to live in for its ratepayers.
We manage our growth by taking control and setting the course.
It's about ensuring careful management of the growth corridor between Hamilton and Auckland. It's about connectivity. We need to get the balance right between ensuring our city is affordable to live in (what we pay in rates) and our infrastructure and facilities. We need to embrace public-private partnerships, continue to pursue growth funding through the Central Governments growth fund and look at alternative funding models like special purpose vehicles (SPV).
Waikato Chamber of Commerce report shows our city growth is directly linked to Auckland, Logistics, people, health and food.
Ensure the rates do not go up more than 3.8% each year. It must be about getting the balance right between affordable rates for all and the infrastructure and facilities we build and maintain. Hamilton must maintain its status of affordable housing when compared to Auckland and Tauranga.
Hamilton is already home to some of the country's most innovative and agile technology companies. We need to maintain that. The job of Hamilton city council is to ensure it embraces technology and works to encourage other tech companies to base their operations in Hamilton. Technology will enable Council to do things smarter and as such, more efficiently. The city's Gigabit Fibre Internet network positions Hamilton at the forefront of Bridging the digital divide.
There is not one single panacea to this issue, but the following would be where I would start.
Start teaching secondary school students about what local government does and the election process.
Move away from the postal voting system to a combination of voting on the day at designated voting booths and an online voting system.
Launch an education campaign focused on informing those who are renting properties that as part of the rent they pay the rates for the property and are entitled to vote.