Candidate Answers - Election 2022
Where do they stand?
SEACHANGE, before the 2022 elections sent candidates, contactable by email, the following to rank the order of importance of some of SEA CHANGE's current priorities.
I have attached the contents of the leaflet which SEA CHANGE is circulating for the Far North District elections.
We expect to survey all the candidates to learn their positions on the issues which most concern us. We highlight the requirements of the Local Government Act in our leaflet. We are asking you about your priorities, asking you to rank in importance the following:
|FAR NORTH DISTRICT COUNCIL (FNDC)|
|FNDC - MAYOR|
Ngā mihi nui ki tou kaupapa mo Seachange.
Thank you for getting inviting me to participate. I am unsure as to how to respond, as each of the issues you raise is very important and to prioritise one over the other is too hard. My leadership as mayor will be about creating the right environment for whakawhitiwhiti kōrero to occur so that communities feel heard and help create solutions for change. Te Taiao is struggling under the weight of human colonisation and councils and communities need to come up with solutions and be prepared to find ways to fund the necessary changes as we move forward into a more sustainable future together.
Arohamai but my whakaaro / thoughts on this don't fit your boxes, but then again, I'm not really a fit the box kind of candidate.
You have asked the candidates to rank in importance the following key measures. I have ranked them and responded as requested.
Below are some of my stances on Policy and my own priorities:
Improve our 3 waters infrastructure to improve the well-being of our environment and people.
Vibrant communities that are self-determining, self-sufficient and prosperous.
Improved road maintenance and strategies for dusty roads to improve the health of our people & awa
Ensure all council decisions are made through a climate change lens. Add to the decision making matrix at the end of agenda reports.
Begin early engagement with communities around climate change and how we will need to adapt, ie. Managed retreat, land use
Make all council activities carbon neutral by 2030.
Promote efficient use of water, manage the demand and protect against waste or misuse of water.
Protect our water supply, rivers and streams and surrounding environment from contamination from waste treatment systems.
Improve waste minimisation and use of natural resources with effective education and incentives in the community.
Incorporate tikanga into how we engage and work with Maori. Work collaboratively, within the frameworks of Te Ao Maori.
Strengthen our practice of engagement, and public participation in policy and project solutions. Hold focus groups, local gov "clinics"
Do governance, and do it well. Hold management to account on the KPIs, LTP, budget and capital works program.
RANK OF SEA CHANGE PRIORITIES:
This wasn’t an easy task as I believe all of these issues to be important - my ranking is based on the belief that an higher priority for some, ultimately works in favour of other equally important priorities I have ranked lower down.
I [also] note that deprivation in most of our communities continues to worsen. That and also housing are problems I wish to tackle. I have championed initiatives such as Council’s Sustainable Procurement policy and the Innovation and Enterprise Park development.
" The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said"
|FNDC - BOI / WHANGAROA|
|Eady, R||NO REPLY|
|Johnston, Jane||NO REPLY|
|Owen, F||NO REPLY|
|Smith, R||NO REPLY|
|Stratford, K||See above...|
|Ward, B||NO REPLY|
|FNDC - KAIKOHE / HOKIANGA|
|Edmunds, V||NO REPLY|
|Vujcich, J||See above...|
|FNDC - NGA TAI O TOKERAU|
|Heta. R||NO REPLY|
|Manuel, N||So you aware I am currently the Chairman of the Northland Conservation Board Te Runanga Papaatawhai o Te Taitokerau.|
|Penney, R||NO REPLY|
|Pomare-Peita, M||NO REPLY|
|Riwai, M||NO REPLY|
|Tepania, M||See above...|
|Witana, R||See above...|
|Zielinski-Toki, R||NO REPLY|
|FNDC - TE HIKU|
|Axe, D||NO REPLY|
I have ranked your questions in order of potential importance to me and the community as I see it. The questions are definitive in their nature, meaning I struggle with iow direct and absolute some of them are.
I also have concerns about the on-line world we live in with not everyone connected for whatever the reason be it affordability, the skill to connect, lack of connectivity,etc. Then Roading infrastructure is now the worse it have ever been. Our contractors are not able to maintain the roads as they need to be. Waste water treatment is another issue that needs investment. Maybe if we are forced into 3 waters that will get taken care of.
In summary my biggest concern is the "here and now" with rate payers funding Council and not getting the best Bang for their Buck.
|Cardner, A||NO REPLY|
|Radich, M||NO REPLY|
|FNDC - KAWAKAWA-MOEREWA|
|Donovan, A||NO REPLY - on Politics NZ|
|FAR NORTH DISTRICT COMMUNITY BOARDS|
|COMMUNITY BOARD - KAWAKAWA - MOEREWA|
|Donovan, A||NO REPLY - on Politics NZ|
|COMMUNITY BOARD - KERIKERI|
|Ayr, L||NO REPLY|
|Owen, F||NO REPLY|
I would like to say that to me, all these issues are important and essential priorities for local government. I feel it is very hard to rank and It completely depends on context and the issue at hand.
I have said in my statement that sustainability, environmental care and genuine connection with kaitiaki and tangata whenua will underpin my decision making if I am successful. Also, I feel that my position would be to advocate for the community, rather than pushing my own agenda.
|COMMUNITY BOARD - PAIHIA|
|Ward, B||NO REPLY|
|COMMUNITY BOARD - RUSSELL|
For the record, a number of the issues that you asked me to rank are the responsibility of Council rather than Community boards but I note the final point H) relating to using the skills and knowledge of the members of the community. I feel strongly that this is important and my predecessor has already progressed in this respect.
The latest and last Agenda contains a recommendation from her to trial a different approach for town maintenance so it can be outsourced to a local group rather than a large contractor. I intend to continue with this approach looking for flax roots solutions wherever possible as these are always more likely to succeed than imposed ideas from Central and Local Government.
Community Boards are an important conduit to Council and the Community Board member is equally important in terms of ensuring actions and activities of Council are raised within local communities. Too often the busyness of life means that people and their communities are not aware of changes and initiatives driven by Council which could potentially impact them until too late. It's important that communities are kept informed and that joined up approaches are developed.
I consider myself Tangata Tiriti and am committed to respectful partnerships and co-designed solutions wherever possible.
|COMMUNITY BOARD - WAIPAPA|
|Mills, B||NO REPLY|
|COMMUNITY BOARD - KAIKOHE|
|Edmonds, M||NO REPLY - on Politics NZ|
|Hepi, M||NO REPLY|
|Phillips, A||NO REPLY|
|Reilly, S||NO REPLY|
|Rudkin, C||NO REPLY|
|COMMUNITY BOARD - NORTH HOKIANGA|
|Gundry, H||NO REPLY - on Politics NZ|
|COMMUNITY BOARD - SOUTH HOKIANGA|
Thank you for the opportunity to be included in your email. I apologise for the delay in my response. After much thoughtful consideration and thinking about the person I am, where I am from and the type of community board member I know I will be. My response to your email and groups priorities is as follows: I am an absolutely community minded person and although the list you provided certainly are of the utmost importance, at a national, international and global level.
I choose to respond in this manner, as my role when elected will be to be the conduit between our South Hokianga community and the council.
The priorities you list I agree must be part of strategic planning within our district/regional plan. I have much to learn about how we can address climate change as a district, and in the area of land ratings.
I come from a space of Tikanga Māori, Māori world view. But my first job is to listen to and hear the voice of our community, because within our communities there are the answers to address the priorities you list, there is a voice and it is my role to take these experts, thoughts and voices to the council. My area of expertise is working with marae, strategic and annual planning. I am great at networking.
I have much to learn in other areas but have the passion and skills to do so.
I will finish my response with a whakatauki.
Hutia te rito o te harakeke
Kei hea koe te komako e kō?
Ki mai ki a au, he aha te mea nui i te ao?
Māku e kī atu,
‘He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata’
Thank you for this opportunity to speak to these important topics. Rather than rank the issues, I feel it is more useful for me to state my position on climate change and the relationship between the Far North District Council and the people and places it serves.
Community boards are the bridge between the people and the council. If elected onto the South Hokianga Community Board I will be a strong voice to ensure that the council, at minimum, follows their own recommendations in the 'Climate Change Roadmap' (https://www.fndc.govt.nz/Your-district/Climate-change-in-the-Far-North/Climate-Change- Roadmap) and the Te Tai Tokerau ClimateAdaptation Strategy (https://catt.org.nz/).
These documents include council's commitment to making climate change risks a key consideration in all planning and decisions, and recognise the role of tangata whenua as kaitiaki in relation to natural and physical resources in their rohe. The mission statement in the Adaptation Strategy states "Across Te Tai Tokerau, we work together with iwi/hapū partners, communities and stakeholders to proactively understand, plan for, and respond to the impacts and opportunities of climate change."
People and nature will need to come before business in order to achieve the aims of thriving, resilient communities. As a community representative I will remind FNDC of these commitments, and ensure that Hokianga is at the table when decisions are made. These decisions will include land use, housing, water, roading, sewage and infrastructure and the associated funding allocation and rating structures. I will seek equity for Hokianga, as we have missed out for too long.
I will actively seek to engage with hapū, iwi and community to ensure Hokianga is kept informed, and listened to. I will continue to call for FNDC to build genuine, respectful, partnerships. Hokianga has said "zero human waste to Hokianga waters" and I will continue the work to achieve this. I absolutely support that the council should engage local experts where possible, and that community boards should have more autonomy to really take on the important mahi before us.
|Pikari, N||NO REPLY|
|Te Hāra, T||
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this survey, in an effort to ascertain what my position is relating to the issues as presented. Can I just say that whoever put these statements together gave diligent thought to them and I commend them on the depth of their thinking. In response to these statements, I offer the following response and rank accordingly,
In my opinion, all of these statements are equally important in ranking. Each is an essential cog in the wheel and thus cannot be addressed in isolation of the other. With all due respect, there are other legislative requirements that must be considered in addition to the Local Government Act, and in order to be effective, the successful candidate would need to understand how decisions were made to arrive at this point in order to hit the ground running.
To address the issues associated with climate change, a community must take a holistic approach. Doing nothing is not an option. From my experience working in local government for over 16 years, the majority of these statements are actioned at the Council level, not the Community Board level, and while the Community Board has a role to play and can report back to Council on specific topics of significance affecting the community, the ultimate decision resides at the Council table. The real question is whether Council will be willing to delegate additional powers to the Community Board in order to gain real traction on the ground.
If a community was to be successful in changing the landscape, one must take a holistic approach in order to address the issues associated with climate change, Doing nothing is not an option. From my experience, having worked in local government for over 16 years, the decisions relating to the majority of these statements are actioned at a Council level not a Community Board level, and whilst the Community Board has a role to play and can report back to Council on particular topics of significance affecting the community, the ultimate decision resides at the Council table.
The real question is whether Council will be willing to delegate more powers to the Community Board in order to gain traction on the ground, and whether the community as a whole will be able to reach a collective agreement on how to address these matters for the benefit of all parties, not just a specific segment of the community. "Doing the same old things, the same old way, will give you the same old result." The landscape is changing, and we need to change our mindset, if we are to create safer, healthier, more resilient communities.
|COMMUNITY BOARD - DOUBTLESS BAY|
|Bainbridge, S||NO REPLY|
|Campbell, B||NO REPLY - on Politics NZ|
|COMMUNITY BOARD - KAITAIA|
|Gardener, A||NO REPLY|
|Steffen, L||NO REPLY - on Politics NZ|
|Stewart, J||NO REPLY|
|COMMUNITY BOARD - NORTH CAPE|
|Axe, D||NO REPLY|
|Nathan, J||NO REPLY|
|COMMUNITY BOARD - WHATUWHIWHI|
|Hita K||NO REPLY|
|Subritski, w||NO REPLY|