I am standing for re-election to Hamilton City Council after winning the bi-election only 18 months ago. I'm proud to have achieved so much in a short time.
I'm married to Marie and we have three teenagers. Together we employ 10 staff across our property cleaning business and flower shop in Hamilton East. I recently became Chair of the Hamilton Christian Night Shelter Trust supporting vulnerable as well as supporting community leaders and business entrepreneurship through the Inspire group which I have run for the last 12 years and now more recently in partnership with the Waikato Chamber of Commerce.
We are a growing city and can become an even more attractive city for young working populations, families and our retiring. Maintaining growth has to be sustainable, putting infrastructure, community amenities and our environment first and collaborating more with the business, community and government is essential.
Ko ahau anō e tū ana mo te Kaunihera o Kirikiriroa, tō muri i taku whiwhinga i tēnei tūranga i ngā 18 marama kua hipa. E poho kereru ana i aku mahi katoa i tutuki.
Kua mārena ki a Marie, tokotoru a māua tamariki. He kamupene tā māua, 10 aku kaimahi. Ko au te Heamana mo te Poari o te Whare Korowai Tāngata ki Kirikiriroa, ā e tokomaha ana te hunga pakihi, te hunga hāpori nāku anō i tautoko i raro i te maru o Inspire, he rōpū nāku i hautū mo te 12 o ngātau-inakuanei, kua hono atu ki te Waikato Chamber of Commerce.
Kei te tupu tēnei taone-nui, ā ka taea te whakanui i te hiahia o te hunga tai-pakeke, ngā whānau, kaumātua hoki kia noho mai nei. Mā te mahi tahi, me te whakaaro ki ngā ratonga, kit e taiao ka ea te tupunga pai.
A Hamilton with a central city that continues to build and revitalise. A very accessible and liveable city with an abundance of treasured green space and river access and views. A city that supports entrepreneurship, industry, IT, innovation, education and employment.
I think we are tackling those issues now. Working with earmarked strategic developed nodes that mean we build both up and out in ways in which our infrastructure can cope. The challenge will be future proofing our three waters capacity and funding. The central government’s model of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPVs) will be worth exploring as it takes some of the pressure of council and developers and shares the cost via a third party lender that targets the specific end user. So what’s the key? More ‘out of the box’ options like this.
Anyone caught spitting has to do 6 hours of community service. That might not seem visionary but if people can’t take pride in our city and each other in a basic way how can we be grandiose in other ways.
A short video is a quick but effective way of crossing over our diverse sectors and making our residents aware of what is going on just like a mini tv channel. We do this fragmentally but could do in a more organised, systematic and robust way, pushed out via social media and our website. Channel Hamilton.
I think we have started improving this work and conversation, although not a silver bullet online voting is long overdue and will form part of the solution.