Mayor

 
Les Wallen

Who is Les Wallen?

He is a pastor, electrician, pilot and was husband to Dell for 53 years. He is a father of twin daughters and one son, grandfather to 8 and great-grandfather to 2.

Les born in Whakatane, went to primary school at Tokoroa and high school at New Plymouth Boy's High from 1959-1962.

He started his electrical apprenticeship at the Tauranga Electric Power Board, gaining Electrical Trade Certificate and Electrical Advanced Trade Certificate, before commencing his first business in Ruatoria in 1968.

Les studies in PLC automation and Control. Pastoral studies at Holland Park Baptist Church Brisbane, Church Pastor in Brisbane for nine years and in the Gold Coast four years.

He currently works at Outback Aerial Ministry, where he has been since 1994.

I have a lot of experience in putting broken things and people back together. I care about this city.

I care about people's lives and what affects them, and I care about you.

 

Tenby Powell
'Tauranga Deserves Better'

Imagine Tauranga with a Mayor who delivered Effective Leadership, Financially Savvy Management and Strong Regional Cooperation. An experienced leader.

With my experience in private sector business, government entities and the military we will find solutions for Tauranga's most pressing issues.  I will work with the Chief Executive to transform Council into a responsive, efficient, collaborative, trusted organisation that makes sound decisions and delivers.

My vision for Tauranga is a regionally, nationally and globally connected city. A bold, smart city that embraces partnerships, respects and connects our people through the generations, nurtures our environment with a focus on sustainability, and celebrates our leadership position as New Zealand's epicentre for culture, innovation, entrepreneurship and investment.

I was raised and educated here, and the magnetic pull of this great city has drawn me back home.  It would be an honour to serve you as the next Mayor of Tauranga. www.tenbypowell.co.nz

Kelvin Clout

Thank you for the privilege of being your Deputy Mayor for six years. This has prepared me to now step up and lead this beautiful city of Tauranga, where Kathryn and I have been raising our family for thirty years. 

Together we can make Tauranga Moana the envy of Aotearoa, for family, career, business, learning and lifestyle.

I have clearly heard your voice and will lead with greater transparency, and accountability for councillors and staff.

I will advocate strongly for our future success.

My three core priorities are empowering communities, increasing supply and affordability of housing, and freeing up traffic.

You will have a Mayor who is financially astute and a careful spender, but with such a love for community and helping you reach your goals.

For the love of Tauranga, cast a positive vote for family and future. Vote Kelvin Clout for Mayor. See my policies at www.kelvinclout.co.nz

 

Greg Brownless

PROVEN LEADERSHIP & COMMUNITY SERVICE.

My first term as Mayor has been much about addressing performance and leading real change. We have employed a new CEO and reduced the Management Team.

Acknowledging mistakes is not a weakness, and rather than hiding problems I tell it like it is. I'm frugal in person and that applies to rates increases too.

Traffic issues affect everyone and I'm fighting for proper Government roading funding. Better managed transport is essential before opening up new housing areas. Keep Tauranga racecourse as green space, not choked with housing.

I champion ratepayer ownership of our water and completion of our new water scheme.

My long-time commitment to Tauranga is proven and I lead by example.

No unachievable populist promises to get re-elected. I've unfinished business and in my second term will continue to focus on managing Council costs and efficiency while leading the completion of infrastructure.

Andrew Hollis

I was born in Tauranga. I went to school here, I'm raising my four children here, I've seen this town grow and develop into a small city.

Tauranga is broken. Our roads are underfunded, our water supply is under pressure and our recycling/waste treatment is at breaking point. Every project's costs have exceeded budget. And yet us ratepayers are asked to pay ever more.

This continual overspending must stop. Consultation with community must start. The council must be held accountable.

I am a competent parent, scientist and businessman

I will bring into focus things that matter, roads, rates, water and waste. My skills developed running large teams in many countries have taught me that to win it takes all of the team to achieve the goal.

I need you to help me to fix Tauranga. Vote for change and I'll work hard to get it done.

 

 

RangiMarie Kingi

This candidate has not provided a profile.

Jos Nagels

Jos4Mayor Benevolent & Visionary Governance

Tauranga resident since 1976, married to Pauline. A civil engineering career over 35 years encompassed roading, traffic, transportation, tunnelling/rail, stormwater, sewage, contract management and design/reports thus familiar with infrastructures. Since 2002 successfully established own business as a solar engineer.

As never before, a complete rethink is overdue rather than repeated uncoordinated scenarios of wasting millions on unsustainable overwhelmingly flawed polices.

Under knowledgeable leadership and most importantly for the greater public good, Tauranga can forge a unified, progressive long term integrated plan which simultaneously balances solutions to transportation, pollution, environmental, housing, CBD, climate change policy, etc.

Well planned passenger rail utilizing the existing rail corridor confers sustainability, efficiency, long term benefits to all and crucially can be done. Holistically, important issues including plastics, land, atmospheric degradation demand serious attention.

Visionary, Energetic, Motivated, 71, commonsense, practical, Diplomatic. Vote Jos for unified mayoral leadership.

John Robson

A Councillor recently commented that voters should consider candidates' achievements outside Council.  I retired at 41.  I didn't inherit money, or marry it.  Hard work, spending less than I earned, and prudent investing, are a proven recipe.

A proposal to increase rates 120% over ten years to transform Tauranga ($55million museum anyone?) resulted in my return to Council in 2018's by-election - the message being ratepayers rejected the transformation plan.

A leadership vacuum meant that, on election, I became de-facto leader of Team Ratepayer and the team delivered: imminent rate increases were halved, extravagant projects were cancelled or postponed, but much damage had been done (not all of which is yet public).

Council needs to pause, clean up its mess, focus on the basics, especially transport, and listen to ratepayers.  If you elect me as Mayor, and elect a majority of like-minded Councillors, that is what your Council will do.

 

Christopher Stokes

This candidate has not provided a profile.

 

Murray Guy

As Mayor/councillor I will hit the ground running, with proven, integrity based, independent, transparent and accountable governance experience. First priority, 'taking our city back', rebuilding trust, 'best community outcomes'. My Mayor's office will be on the ground floor, accessible.

0% Rate increase (plus CPI). It's PAST time we 'actually benefited from growth' versus just talk of growth benefits. Bureaucratic mindsets must change and communities must have meaningful input. NO MORE SHAM consultations, manipulation of processes, partial information with predetermined outcomes.

Transport corridor upgrades prioritized to cope with growth for ALL MODES, including cars, 'Park and Ride' facilities, future rail.

NO Cliff Road Museum, investigate options at no added cost.

NO overseas takeover for rubbish, employ local.

Tauranga is my home, my birthplace, where my heart and soul resides – I'm committed to adding value. 'Our best days are ahead', if you make the best choice - VOTE MURRAY GUY 1

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/murray.guy1
Website: https://murray-guy.com

 

 

 

 

Councillor at large - 4 vaccancies

 

Danny Cancian

I've been a contractor and businessman for over 30 years and over these years, I have developed the skills and strengths necessary not only for private business endeavours, but those same and likewise essential qualities which an effective council member must possess. From vision, innovation and creativity to sustain a competitive edge in the marketplace; to leadership and supervision over personnel; and to insight and analysis necessary for profit and financial health, I will bring all these skills and strengths to the position. I am also an advocate to stop the bullying inside the Tauranga City Council organisation. I want to bring all those responsible for their criminal actions inside the organisation to face justice and hold them accountable to the full extent of the law. The financial blowouts and continued drive to increase rates is an area that will be my earliest attention for investigation. Rate increases must cease. 

Rhys Craig

Independant-Together Better

Been St John lifelink representative for few years working & helping in the community. I am a local here with my child and the Ex so it doesnt come more local than that lol.  As a traffic STMS

i have seen my share of accidents and fatalities on our roads and i have a plan to change that, but we have to work together to change it. We have a chance to decide the future we want, with housing so expensive i want to examine more environmentally sustainable affordable housing, not the 5 bedroom monsters no one can afford, lets create a city where us locals can afford to live, in a city we all call home..Together Better.

 

Geoffrey Brown

As a former skilled employee of council, in 2015 I made a disclosure to council which identified the current culture issues under CEO Garry Poole. No-one listened. In my view Garry Poole was an absolute failure therefore I escalated matters to councillors. Council's response was to bankrupt and destroy me for speaking the truth.

There is an enormous amount of repair needed at city hall to pull Tauranga out of their current position. Many don't comprehend how deep the hole goes. someone who sought accountability and was ignored, I KNOW the change needed. My past employment at council allowed me to move around all areas of operation. I understand significantly more than most. I'm committed, from a top-level perspective, to INTEGRITY and TRANSPARENCY issues. Infrastructure will be my main focus to advance this city.

Vote for Geoffrey. Vote for “Positive Change & Integrity”.

For more information visit:

www.facebook.com/LikeGeoffreyBrown

Buddy Mikaere

“Tauranga is like a small child who suddenly outgrows shoes, clothes, everything, and previous Councils have failed to make adequate provision for its growth. “

Council needs a fresh approach to issues which have lingered for many years and have not been addressed and resolved by previous administrations.  What Tauranga demands is a group of Councillors with ideas that link to a real willingness to work together on a fresh approach that uses collective experience and expertise, for the betterment of our community.

For example, all Bay of Plenty Councils shall work together to support the recently introduced Urban Form and Transport Initiative and step up collective lobbying to Central Government and the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), to fix the inertia around the establishment and renewal of our roading infrastructure and resolve gridlock Regionally.

Efficient transport systems will empower further growth and prosperity in our City and there is much more to do.

 

Kelvin Clout

Thank you for the privilege of being your Deputy Mayor for six years. This has prepared me to now step up and lead this beautiful city of Tauranga, where Kathryn and I have been raising our family for thirty years. 

Together we can make Tauranga Moana the envy of Aotearoa, for family, career, business, learning and lifestyle.

I have clearly heard your voice and will lead with greater transparency, and accountability for councillors and staff.

I will advocate strongly for our future success.

My three core priorities are empowering communities, increasing supply and affordability of housing, and freeing up traffic.

You will have a Mayor who is financially astute and a careful spender, but with such a love for community and helping you reach your goals.

For the love of Tauranga, cast a positive vote for family and future. Vote Kelvin Clout for Mayor. See my policies at www.kelvinclout.co.nz

 

Andrew Hollis

I was born in Tauranga. I went to school here, I'm raising my four children here, I've seen this town grow and develop into a small city.

Tauranga is broken. Our roads are underfunded, our water supply is under pressure and our recycling/waste treatment is at breaking point. Every project's costs have exceeded budget. And yet us ratepayers are asked to pay ever more.

This continual overspending must stop. Consultation with community must start. The council must be held accountable.

I am a competent parent, scientist and businessman

I will bring into focus things that matter, roads, rates, water and waste. My skills developed running large teams in many countries have taught me that to win it takes all of the team to achieve the goal.

I need you to help me to fix Tauranga. Vote for change and I'll work hard to get it done.

 

Caleb Hall

This candidate has not provided a profile.

 

Heidi Hughes

Tauranga is at a crossroads. It is urgent Council addresses growing issues of congestion, sprawl, affordability and environment. We have an opportunity to shape a vibrant city, one that supports our health and well-being, while ensuring future generations thrive.

To make it happen, I will push hard for government and regional council to help deliver a multi-modal transport network to get us moving. I will advocate for plan changes to enable better housing choice, work together for far better engagement and communication, and be a champion for the environment.

I have a postgraduate in Sustainable Practice. I've been a business owner, entrepreneur, directed large events and I sit on two boards. I have advocated for the Arataki Underpass, Intercity train and cycle-ways.

As a practical problem solver who is not afraid to challenge the status quo, I will contribute to a more positive direction for our city.

Choose Hughes! www.heidihughes.co.nz

 

Kim Williams

This candidate has not provided a profile.

 

Suzi Page

Kia ora! Community, civics, climate. Those are my 3Cs. I am passionate about facilitating community connection so Tauranga grows into a vibrant, thriving and diverse city. As a young candidate (for local government anyway!), a parent and a transgender person, I am well placed to represent the views of a diverse range of communities and individuals across Tauranga. This will increase engagement and representation in council processes. Climate change is our real challenge. We need strong, visionary leaders to prepare this city for an uncertain future. I am one of those leaders - I'm MBA qualified, and a former military officer, with good communication skills and a logical approach to strategy. Most importantly, I care. I care about our city, our environment and every person living it. Make sure you're registered to vote and then on October 12th, vote Suzi Paige #1! Ngā manaakitanga.

Tony Christiansen

I was born in Tauranga and have lived here all my life. When I was 9, I lost my legs in a train accident near Baypark yet have achieved amazing successes as a businessman, surf lifesaver, author, pilot and athlete competing in the World and Paralympic Qualifying Games.

As a past Councillor, I was involved in 8 Committees, the new Marine Precinct, redevelopment of the Tauranga Waterfront and the Pilot Bay Boardwalk, all of which have come to fruition. I understand governance, management and the Local Government Act and am able to fulfill the Councillor role immediately.

Tauranga's staggering growth has brought challenges including housing, traffic congestion and more pressure on already stretched infrastructure. I want to ensure that these get immediate attention and urgent action.

I am known for my perseverance, passion and determination. I am committed and intend to make Tauranga the city that inspires New Zealand.

 

Josh Te Kani

This candidate has not provided a profile.

 

Rick Curach

Are you often shocked when you see the figure on your rates bill?

What if I was to tell you that council plans to increase its rates revenue by 41% over the next 3 years? Shock, horror?

I successfully introduced the current rates cap and have consistently advocated for budgets that kept within it.

Help bring the planned increase down to affordable levels by electing sensible, like-minded people - like the candidate who was elected at last year's by-election and tipped the voting balance, enabling council to shave millions off last year's planned budget. That's the proof you need.

This election is more critical. At least six members are needed to achieve a voting majority at the council table - to focus on getting more value for less by spending carefully and wisely.

Please choose candidates with common-sense and who understand the value of a dollar. Then we'll see change.

Matthew Gill

There are many things that need to change in Council.

We need a more transparent council with a healthier culture.

In order to do this, I believe we need to focus on the three Cs: Community, Collaboration and Communication. As a family man and community-minded local business owner, my goal is simple. I want a better Tauranga.

My key priorities are improved traffic flow, road safety and ensuring sustainable growth of our city.

I am involved in leading local community groups and have initiated and created positive developments such as shade sails for the Caslani Reserve playground, an AED installation and Pyes Pa roading improvements.

If you want a councillor who is communicative, reliable and well connected, vote for me. I am committed to helping Tauranga transform into a vibrant, innovative city of the future.

Vote Matthew Gill #1 Councillor At Large.

John Robson

In 2018, voters rejected transforming Tauranga, and increasing rates 120%, returning me to Council.  It worked: imminent rate increases halved, extravagant projects were cancelled or postponed, but much damage had been done.

Ratepayer trust in Council is low.  Council needs to be honest and open with ratepayers - currently it isn't.  The constant spin (lying by omission) must stop - and it will only stop when Councillors stop justifying it, and spending ratepayer money on lawyers to defend it.

I support limiting rate increases, 4-laning of key arterial roads (including SH2), and Tauranga running its own public transport system.  I oppose extravagant museums, giving 11 Mission Street to Otamataha Trust and spending $20+million upgrading Elizabeth Street.

Council needs to pause, clean up its mess, focus on the basics, especially transport, and listen to ratepayers.  If you agree, please vote in like-minded Councillors - without a majority, there are no guarantees.

Bernie Gillon

This election marks an opportunity for change at TCC with community-minded, hard-working, team players needing to step up to rescue our city. As a successful Tauranga business owner, Waipuna Hospice trustee and owner of Baypark Family Speedway, I have experience at management and governance level and am known for my common sense, problem solving and pragmatic approach. My personal qualities of honesty, integrity and a social conscience have stood me in good stead, together with my ability to communicate with the community at all levels. I am not opposed to differing points of view and will retain an open mind so that people feel heard; that said, I will make decisions once I feel informed, so that the city can prosper. Solution-focused and a passionate local, I want to see Tauranga get back on the right path. Your Number 1 vote will give me that opportunity.

 

Linda Munn

This candidate has not provided a profile.

 

Pare Taikato

Kia ora tātou,

My name is Pare Taikato and I am standing for Tauranga City Council as an Independent Candidate at large. I am Tauranga through and through, born and bred in the heartland of Maungatapu, my roots are deeply embedded in Tauranga. My Father, Uncles and Grandfather have all been stevedores at The Port of Tauranga and I am proud to have followed in their footsteps working a holiday season as a tally clerk scanning logs and kiwifruit out of NZ's biggest export Port. My grandmother was a cook at The Oceanside Hotel and Mum was a prefect at Mount College. I am a single Mum, who after graduating Waikato University taught English in Japan and I have grown my governance experience as a Trustee in high value horticulture and am currently serving on the Acorn Foundation distributions committee. I am a new member of the Institute of Directors.

Hugh E. Robb

I really have no ambition to be a counsellor, but I do want to represent the long suffering ratepayers.

I don't consider myself a leader, but I have a fierce loyalty to our region our city and our people.

I don't measure my success financially, but by the love and respect of those who know me best, my children.

I am not well connected to the rich and famous but I have genuine relationships with working people, those who deal with everyday life, those who do the work and pay the bills.

I do not make glib promises, but I do have practical skills and solutions to address and resolve the many issues facing the residents of Tauranga.

I will commit to the goal of lower rates, better services and practical solutions.

Mount Maunganui-Papamoa - 2 vaccancies

 

Steve Morris

Thank you for the privilege of serving as your local councillor. I'm asking for your support again so that I can continue to be a strong voice and advocate for the Mount and Papamoa over at Tauranga City Council; being local matters. As the cost-of-living rises, my vote on your behalf has been to keep rates capped close to inflation. Please support me by also voting for like-minded candidates that share this view. Your vote to cap rates at this election is critical; without it we risk a 41% rates increase over the next three years. We can't afford candidates promising to be all things to all people
I'm focused on important infrastructure our city needs: delivering a new water plant to end water restrictions; innovative funding of new roads; and ensuring Council listens to residents better as I pride myself on listening to you. Contact 021519941 or stevem.tauranga@gmail.com anytime.

Dawn Kiddie

I am a dairy farmer's daughter from Eketahuna now living in the best city in NZ. I left University 25 years ago to move to Tauranga where my husband and I have raised our family and run our respective businesses.

After demonstrating commitment and listening on behalf of local concerns I started Mount Ratepayers Association to enable a platform for local issues to be voiced and acted on.

Given my enthusiasm for local concerns, my recognised communication, and organisational skills, My promise is to be a local voice, specifically to represent ratepayer interests, to bring realism and common sense to the current rampant spending and lack of genuine consultation and communication.

My years consulting and coaching serving as a Justice of the Peace have taught me to listen and help people by being straight up and honest. Vote for positive change, Dawn Kiddie-putting the community back into council.

https://www.facebook.com/Dawn-Kiddie-for-Tauranga-City-Council-102000534492330/

 

Peter Stanley

This candidate has not provided a profile.

 

 

Deborah Johnston

This candidate has not provided a profile.

 

Peter Gregson

I am standing for positive changes in council for the future of Tauranga and especially for the Mount and Papamoa which deserve a strong local voice and representation.

With proven experience in managing conflicting priorities, ensuring financial accountability and engaging with multiple stakeholders I will work hard towards

  • Improving community consultation and communication
  • A collaborative functional council making progress on key issues
  • Regional and Government relationships which maximize our funding opportunities outside of rates
  • Good long term planning and development of secure infrastructure
  • Public transport options being more available and accessible to free up roads
  • Support for other transport modes (walking, cycling, train, light rail)
  • Community and especially youth engagement – we must plan and build for their future as well as our today.

The Mount and Papamoa is my home and I would be honoured to be able to work with you all to make Tauranga an even better city.

 

 

Shona Delaney

This candidate has not provided a profile.

 

 

Christopher Stokes

This candidate has not provided a profile.

 

Otumoetai-Pyes Pa - 2 vaccancies

 

Larry Baldock

On returning to Council three years ago, in keeping with my promise to work on congestion in our city, I began speaking about the failure to complete vital roading projects planned 20 years ago. Progress has been frustratingly slow, (too much bureaucracy!) but we are now finally taking steps with BOP Regional Council toward an integrated plan that will work for motorists, provision of better public transport for school children, commuters and seniors, plus delivery of the safe cycle network this growing city needs. As NZ 5th largest and fastest growing we must keep moving forward, not only with the important unseen infrastructure but also the social, sporting and cultural facilities we need to support our community. Managing this effectively is vital to limit the escalating construction costs occurring everywhere.

Council needs experienced leadership that doesn't overlook current concerns while also ensuring a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable future for Tauranga!

Erika Harvey

I'm a hands-on learner and strategist with a proven track record in our community. As a business executive with almost 20 years' experience, I have worked for some of the world's largest companies to develop winning strategies for success and have owned a number of Tauranga businesses. If you want a leader that builds strong relationships in our community, isn't afraid to speak up, and has the business skills and acumen to turn things around, I'd love your support. I promise to help shape Tauranga to be an even better place for residents to live, work, socialise, and play. I'm Principled, Fearless, and Different so by electing me in Otumoetai/Pyes Pa, you're 1 vote closer to changing the status quo. Thank you for taking the time to read this. #ElectErika #CommunityFocused #LocalBusinessOwner #ISupportTeachers #Advocate #ErikaHarveyforTCC

Anne Pankhurst

Actions not words

By living in this city I embrace the dream. I will work tirelessly to see our city grow by working for a strong economic base where everywhere can share in the benefits. That will mean better transport solutions, job security, housing solutions, a healthy age friendly vibrant city, and an environment where business flourishes.

To achieve this I offer sound clear decisive thinking with good business acumen and a willingness to work towards solutions for all. It is important that the rate revenue is well managed to get the best outcomes. I have and will continue to work hard on your behalf to achieve a great city.

My community involvement includes being a member on several community Trusts, chair of Tarnished Frocks and Divas. For our city make your vote count and give me your 1.

 

Jako Abrie

Tauranga's been home since I was 10. It's a brilliant city, and we need to ensure it stays brilliant for future generations.

I've been helping our homeless people as a volunteer for years.

Housing affordability is a complex issue, but we shouldn't shy away from tackling it. My background as a chartered professional engineer provides insight into the largest expenditure area of council: infrastructure.

Currently I'm the Strategic Asset Manager for an infrastructure company with assets valued at $2 billion.

I'm happily married with no children yet, so have time to invest in our community.

I'll focus on affordable rates, intelligent infrastructure and a thriving community. Qualifications: BE(Hons), MEMgt(Hons), CPEng, and currently working towards Master of Professional Accounting and Finance.

 

Dave Bridgens

I am a Registered Financial Adviser, with Governance and extensive financial experience. A Justice of the Peace and Chairman of the Piccadilly Arcade Body Corporate. Involved in Community, Multicultural and Political activities. Married to Bernadette, from the Philippines, for 24 years.

My vision is to create outstanding Tourism based projects, together with Business Leaders, which can generate income and jobs for the City. This income could enable Debt Reduction, help maintain Rates at reasonable levels and assist in funding future Infrastructure, Environmental and Community projects.

To build a strong and sustainable City, I believe effective solutions to current problems have to be prioritised in collaboration with Regional and Central Government, and in partnership with the Business Community.

We live in a beautifully landscaped place, with a multitude of natural attractions that can be upscaled into a more progressive and enticing Shining City of New Zealand.

Together we can do it.

Barry Pollett

Moved Tauranga 1994

Over 3 decades in Advertising and Business Promotion

I am committed to putting in maximum effort into working for the electorate.

I offer common sense solutions and business experience to solve the problems

we are faced with.

I stand for Reasonable Rates. GST collected from Rates should come

back from Central Government to the people who generated the income in the

first place. Rates is just Tax with a different coat on.

There is a need for easier access to public information from Council which will

mean more community interest in governance process.

Restore proper funding for Roads and Transport.

Less Central Government and more Local Government. Local Government knows

best where people's needs are. The whole system needs an overhaul.

Doing the same thing over and, over again and expecting a different result is insanity.

A Vote! for me is a - Vote! - for You!

 

Murray Guy

As Mayor/councillor I will hit the ground running, with proven, integrity based, independent, transparent and accountable governance experience. First priority, 'taking our city back', rebuilding trust, 'best community outcomes'. My Mayor's office will be on the ground floor, accessible.

0% Rate increase (plus CPI). It's PAST time we 'actually benefited from growth' versus just talk of growth benefits. Bureaucratic mindsets must change and communities must have meaningful input. NO MORE SHAM consultations, manipulation of processes, partial information with predetermined outcomes.

Transport corridor upgrades prioritized to cope with growth for ALL MODES, including cars, 'Park and Ride' facilities, future rail.

NO Cliff Road Museum, investigate options at no added cost.

NO overseas takeover for rubbish, employ local.

Tauranga is my home, my birthplace, where my heart and soul resides – I'm committed to adding value. 'Our best days are ahead', if you make the best choice - VOTE MURRAY GUY 1

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/murray.guy1
Website: https://murray-guy.com

Te Papa-Welcome Bay - 2 vaccancies

 
 

Waitsu Wu

This candidate has not provided a profile.

 

Tina Salisbury

I'm running for the Tauranga City Council election in the Te Papa-Welcome Bay ward.

You deserve a councillor prepared to listen, engage, and confidently represent your needs.

I'm a local, married with adult daughters, and we love Tauranga. I have been a small business owner for many years and have experienced roles in governance and management in the non-profit sector representing people in Tauranga.

We all want a Council working as a team with a culture you can respect, that engages with local residents and central government to find better solutions to the challenges we face. We need better governance, better transport and housing solutions delivered with prudent financial management that provides infrastructure now and for the predicted growth of Tauranga into the future.

I value integrity, honesty, and efficiency and believe I have the skills and energy to represent our diverse community by working to take action that leads our city into a strategic and thriving future.

Anna Larsen

Communication and collaboration create consensus for action, resulting in better outcomes for all.

Bringing groups of people together requires skill in collaboration and communication. After six years running the Welcome Bay Community Centre I've learned the importance and logistics of financial management, while exercising compassion, practicality and prioritisation.

The mahi (work) of the centre has given me a deep understanding of social issues and community needs, and a post-graduate diploma in Management Studies gives me a solid foundation in business administration.

Extensive travel and living abroad have given me a wide range of cultural experiences. A degree in History underpins my understanding of our culture and heritage and living in a coastal region shapes my understanding of environmental issues.

I believe we can do so much better, as a city and a community. I will work courageously, passionately and pragmatically for a robust, resilient and thriving community for all.

Alan Davidson

My principal place of residence is in the Te Papa-Welcome Bay Ward area.

Like you, I love my city. I'm brutally honest and not afraid to take on a challenge, or a battle. I won't make promises I don't know I can keep.

My promises will come when I truly understand what's needed and what's actually possible to deliver.

Over the past 40 years or so I've enjoyed successful careers in hospitality and real estate and assure you, it's not a job I need but a need I have, to do this job. I'm not going to use words like passion, integrity or commitment.

To my mind those attributes should be assumed present by anyone applying to protect and grow our city's future.

What I can guarantee now is that I'll listen, I'll speak up when needed and I'll serve YOU, my community, if you'll allow me to do so!

 

A.J Tuhoro

My two greatest loves in this life are; my sweetheart, Shinae (wife) and my three boys.  
Tauranga is the number 1 destination to raise a family! It is a place our children will forever call home; it should be built with them in mind! We need to stop hacking at the branches of our issues and strike more at the root of our concerns. I find the issues around infrastructure, gross over expenditure of rate payers' money, misrepresentation/ poor representation on council is creating concerned Grandfathers/ mothers, upset mothers and fathers and hopeless children.  
Council need to focus on the family unit within a community and less on band-aid solutions for political gains to amplify personal ambition. We need fewer politicians and more mothers and fathers at the table. Focus on improving our city for the next generation; so, our current generation can find joy in the journey. #TheChildrensChoice www.facebook.com/AJTuhoroTCC/
 

David Grindley

Stop the Botch Ups … Put People First

As a councillor my aims and objectives would be to:

  1. Prioritise essential infrastructure projects vs wish lists.
  2. Reduce the use of expensive consultants by using the 'common sense approach', eg. Greerton Village road changes and the Welcome Bay slip lane debacles.
  3. Lobby the government for solutions for affordable rents for low-income working families.
  4. Ensure that any council projects have sustainable outcomes, eg. new cycle/walkways around our bays are costly, unaffordable and possibly, in 20-30 years, underwater.
  5. Ensure that council is prudent with our rates' revenue. Present rates and debt increases are unacceptable and avoidable.
  6. Engage in valid communication with ALL parties' views in any decision making/consultation process.

My community involvement:

  • Welcome Bay Estuary Care volunteer
  • Waterfront Predator Eradication volunteer
  • Street Machines and Customs Club member
  • Tarawera Trail Bike Riders' Committee member

 

 

Rob Poad

My family moved to Tauranga in the 80's. For the last 16 years I have worked as the production manager in a manufacturing export company. During that time I completed a diploma in business management.

I have had a keen interest in politics, and follow central government closely. To give you an idea of where I fit on policies I tend to vote on the right.

As a rate payer I have become dissatisfied with how our local governments performance.

It's time we get value for money with our rates.

Its time City projects are finished on time and to budget.

Tauranga needs;

  • A functioning CBD
  • Reduced congestion
  • Improved community engagement
  • Zoning changes to allow for increased supply
  • Intensification of the inner-city
  • Public transport rethink

What would I bring to council? I would like to think I bring some businesses experience, and a practical approach to problems.

 

Terry Molloy

Providing a better city for all.

Married to Robyn, born in Tauranga.

Am I a good politician?  Probably not, am I a good councillor you be the judge, but I do understand our city having spent most of my life here.

My background is farming, horticulture, property development and nine years as a councillor including some significant pre council contributions to our community.  

The most notable being chairing the Greerton redevelopment twenty years ago and I initiated and chaired the Battle of Gate Pa Exhibition 2014, two very successful projects.   

As a councillor I have worked hard to support our community and small business from the negative effects of begging while providing for the homeless. Growth and transport are problems we can solve by working collaboratively with our sub regional partners. Road pricing, modern technology, good planning and investing in more infrastructure will provide the answers to our transport problems.

 

Jim Sherlock

As a retired businessman living in Tauranga, I wish to assist Tauranga grow with sound business decisions based on common sense. No candidate can promise to hold rates down for that is not possible in New Zealand's fasting growing city. It will be a tough ask to control the city's debt to stay within the 250% ratio of its total income. However, I will ensure expenditure is closely monitored before receiving my approval. In business one must identify the real problem, before evaluating possible solutions, and only then does one make a decision.

Since 2012 I have worked to ensure that Tauranga's historic icon, The Elms, is preserved for all New Zealanders. I oppose the concept of gifting any of the city's assets to the Otamataha Trust.

Tauranga's main problem is that everyone wants to live here.

Bill Grainger

Born and bred in Tauranga.

Lovely family – wife Judith, son and daughter-in-law Jamie and Lauren, and daughter Frankie.

Council/community engagement and involvement is important to me.

I listen to, value and respect the community.

I embrace democracy and abhor bureaucracy.

My involvement with the Welcome Bay Underpass was challenging.

The first stage of four lanes to Cameron Rd is starting. Further stages must happen ASAP.

My involvement in a Welcome Bay supermarket has triggered potential   development on a private site.  My aim is to give any assistance needed.

Roading infrastructure, free school buses and housing is a priority with Council and Central Government.

I am concerned about the increasing population (especially the elderly).

My focus is directed on the successful management of growth and prudent planning of capital and operational expenditure.

You chose Tauranga to live, work and play.

It's Council's duty to ensure it is “affordable” and “enjoyable”.