- Parkinson's music search
- Dairy downturn won’t last
- Parole recall for patched Head Hunter
- Good in the Bay hood
- Bay iwi claims pass reading
- $249K boost for Papamoa Surf Club
- Creative Tauranga's new trustees
- Honour for Maketu Coastguard president
- Heavy rain warning in the Bay
- Kiwifruit’s record breaking season
- $1.4M four lane decision on hold
- Fatal crash near Whakatane
- Village radio stars being recruited
- Bay top economic region
- Budget predicted to be safe
- Video:Driver in critical condition
- Fatal crash near Whakatane
- Tauranga becoming unaffordable
- Pair named after fatal crash
- Second death after fatal crash
- Drugs, guns and 572 arrests
- Police dog Yoda dies
- Good Samaritan’s long road to recovery
- Severe weather watch for Bay
- Another thunderstorm lashing forecast
- Jail for poaching spawning trout
- Fiery end to Auckland trip
- Zika virus recorded in the Bay
- Westpac ripoff repeated
- Children’s ‘tattoos’ for a good cause
Changes ahead in 2013
BOP Regional Councillor
2013 will be a very interesting year full of uncertainties.
One of the biggest is the local body elections which will occur on Saturday 12 October 2013. This means it is a short work year for local body politicians, since not much happens immediately before or after an election.
Silly season kicks in about August, as those who like to play political games (I don't!) start lobbing grenades. I prefer to keep on doing the best job I can and leave the politicising to those who think it works in their favour. I will seek re-election in 2013 – the voters will decide if I have done a good enough job representing them over the past six years.
The other major uncertainty is local government reform. There is a huge legislative change agenda being driven by central government – we will see another Local Government Act Amendment Bill, a RMA Reform Bill, and likely transport legislative changes. It is still unclear what these changes will mean, but I see no reason to stop doing the best job we can under the current framework, until change actually hits.
In the interim though, we should be streamlining the way we do things, working as collaboratively as we can with other councils, and communicating well with our community on what we are doing and why.
There will be lots of rumour, scaremongering, hype and politicking. I hope you'll recognise this for what it is, and not get too excited about it.
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