Help me help you, Hamilton! Do you want a better future for our city?
I'm Kesh Naidoo-Rauf; a mum, a pharmacist and business owner. Hamilton Kirikiriroa accepted me and my family; this is home. I care deeply for our children's future and the city we leave for them.
I do not take running for our council lightly - it's the right decision for me. I can't promise to change the world, but I promise to listen, absorb information, ask questions and work hard for you. I'm intelligent, I care, and I help people for a living.
I will represent local communities, young families, small businesses and ethnic groups. Let's build a sustainable future - financially and environmentally - and a strong, thriving city that maintains its community and family values.
We must put residents' needs first. My priorities are careful spending to reduce debt; helping communities; sustaining our environment; and bringing diversity to council.
As a mum, I want a strong, sustainable city, both environmentally and financially, for future generations. As a business owner, I want a Council that works hard to serve the needs of local businesses, to ensure a strong local economy and promote tourism opportunities. As a pharmacist, I want a city that prioritises the health needs of its people in terms of healthy living conditions, safe communities, food and shelter for the homeless, and ways to improve the mental well-being of residents.
We need to work together to build and maintain a strong, vibrant city while embracing our community and family values.
I aim to be part of a council that:
- Spends carefully to reduce debt
- Improves and uplifts our communities
- Sustains our environment
- Is diverse
We need to create a balance between careful spending and investing wisely in future development. Spending decisions should be prioritised first by our city’s “needs”, then our “wants”. Risky decisions can add to intergenerational debt, so we need tight controls on project budgeting, funding and the overall benefits to our city. We need to build and invest in a strong city, both now and in the future, in terms of infrastructure, public transport, healthy living and environmental sustainability. We must listen to the public, take heed of expert advice and make well-informed decisions. We need competent, transparent and forward-thinking financial decision-making.
I can’t promise to change the world but I can promise to listen, ask questions and work hard for Hamiltonians. I will invest time into improving engagement between local government and our communities – youth, the elderly, small businesses, ethnic groups, the arts community, families, affluent communities and the most vulnerable. We must work to improve inclusion and give people an opportunity to have a say in the way their home is shaped, now and for future generations.
App technology: This can be used to engage with residents for public feedback, monitor wellbeing, implement “smart parking”, information about public transport and events. The technology needs to be simple, accessible and easy to use for all ages – from children to the elderly. We are lucky to have a strong IT sector and people who work hard to promote IT in the Waikato. We must embrace and encourage growth in our technology sector and learn from the successes of other cities.
People need candidates and councillors who understand them and who they can relate to. We need a Council that works actively and collaboratively to promote interest and engagement. Communication between people and the Council must continue to be improved. The Council serves its people, and should work to eliminate barriers. We also need to improve civic education, preferably starting from a young age.