Political Views

Getting together on gangs

If this year hasn’t already felt like it was flying by, can you believe Christmas is just around the corner? It feels like summer has arrived, but it’s also been good to get some rain, as Council water restrictions are still in place. The...... Read More

Viewpoint - Looking back on a tough year

Reflecting at the end of the year is something I’m sure we all do. Looking back at 2020, we will all have mixed feelings about the year that’s been and many have been doing it very tough. I would like to use this opportunity to thank our...... Read More

Coast needs front of mind

Local knowledge and experience count. When projects, budgets and plans are up for consideration we need to make sure the Hibiscus Coast can make the most of opportunities. In this term of Council I’m keen to see the Hammerhead issue at Gulf Harbour...... Read More

Holiday helping hands

The school and university holidays are around the corner. For school students this means six weeks of freedom and university students are more spoiled, with approximately three months of time with their head out of the books. What can young people do...... Read More

Viewpoint - Supercity turns 10 – how are we doing?

Ten years ago this month, the Auckland Supercity was formed and I was fortunate enough to be elected to represent you on the Rodney Local Board. At the time, the budgets of the former councils were amalgamated and the first budgets for Auckland were formed. As...... Read More

Calling on the Coast can-do spirit

As summer fast approaches you might be forgiven for thinking things are back to normal. This year has been anything but, of course, and while some in our community have got through relatively unscathed, others have had their lives turned upside down What’s...... Read More

Viewpoint - Challenges ahead

The more things change, the more they stay the same. It’s one of my favourite expressions and the “change” aspect certainly applies right now. Obviously, I’m writing in the aftermath of a General Election that took place in the...... Read More

Council rebuffs water saving suggestion

In my last Viewpiont (HM June 17), I wrote about the idea of ratepayers being able to install a water tank (or a second tank), upgrade or replace their waterpump and have the cost of this added as a low interest loan to their rates. I still believe it’s...... Read More

Forward thinking programme

You have probably heard it said before that school is not for everybody. You have also probably heard it said before that education is a powerful tool that provides a pathway to a world of opportunity. Simply speaking, combining these two ideas has...... Read More

Viewpoint - Spring in the air ...

The onset of spring provides the lift in optimism we all look forward to, although this year’s will not be without its challenges. It’s great to see the recent easing of Covid restrictions – some relief for local businesses, roll on...... Read More