“The regional council is a voice for Northland and Northlanders, and our success lies in working together. Northlanders have the opportunity to elect leaders who can engage the community and communicate Northland’s needs, so council can deliver efficient and sustainable results.”
Malcom Nicolson - CEO, Northland Regional Council (NRC)
Excerpt from the Pre-election Report 2022
I am a strong voice for community. My actions reflect this. Examples include initiating Focus Paihia, leading the Far North District Councils ‘Our Voices, Our Vision’ kaupapa in 2015 (now a foundation of FN2100) and my recent piece of mahi on behalf of the Northland Conservation Board, Arohatia te Taiao. I actively promote and seek community engagement, as I recognise this is where our power lies.
In seeking your vote for NRC, I promise to uphold my commitment to engaging with Northlanders. This is critical if we are to address some of the many challenges facing the region moving forward.
I also promise to be a ‘loud’ advocate for Northland, my home for over 40 years. I truly believe that we can lead the way in how we look after our people, our place.
I have highlighted five key areas of focus, noting that there are other activities that require attention, such as safe and effective transport networks and the local government reforms.
The Arohatia te Taiao (loving our natural environment) initiative has provided a rich platform for Northland leaders, communities and individuals to move forward. An extract from the website (written by myself):
'Suggested local solutions and approaches, as shared by our local communities, offer practical ways to mitigate the many challenges we are facing. The findings highlight a perceived disconnect. In that much of humanity see Papatūānuku as a resource, rather than a living breathing entity. Our siloed activity in how we interact does not help, in that there is not one overarching approach, rather it is divvied up (think public, private, local government, central government). Findings show this needs to be remedied.
Papatūānuku is our home. It is vitally important that te Taiao is at the centre of our decision making and not an afterthought. Humanity’s survival depends on it. By reconnecting and treating her with respect and aroha, we not only give hope to a more flourishing environment but also a healthier and happier humanity.'
I am committed to serving Northland and Northlanders. My sound experience and understanding of local and central government, along with a desire to see a more hope filled future drive me to stand and make a difference. I humbly ask for your vote. Nga mihi.