Nelson Leader : September 19th 2013
25 THE NELSON LEADER, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 ELECTIONS FROM Page 24 More council candidate profiles next week. community. I will bring to the council table a wealth of experience, pragmatism and a great deal of common sense plus the ability to see the long term impacts of the decisions we make on the city and our people. I want to see Nelson as a great place to live now and also in the distant future. Drinking water, drainage, sewerage, roading etc -- while at face value these may not sound like the most exciting facets of Nelson, they are the backbone of a well-run Council and city. The key words for me with regard to rates are reasonableness'' and value''. I have lived in Nelson since 1995. I am married to Rebecca and have two school-aged children. I will bring an energetic and fresh-thinking approach to local government. Colin Robertson Ia m standing for election to help bring a smart Green economy to Nelson. We have an oppor- tunity in Nelson to show the country how it's done. We can and must transition to a sustainable future to meet the goals of Nelson 2060. Integrated transport with safe, direct, efficient walking and cycling infrastructure and affordable public transport as part of smart, modern urban design is key to making Nelson a truly living city. We can develop community resilience and build a strong local economy. We must be fiscally prudent, we have experienced growth of just 1per cent over the past five years. Debt levels and rates growth are not sustainable in this economic environment and leaders in the community must develop initiatives and remove barriers to encourage our peoples' collective success. The reality of climate change means we must have a resilient infrastructure and play our part in decarbon- ising the economy. Paul Matheson As a former Mayor of Nelson city and current city councillor, I am again seeking your support for another term. Nelson city continues to grow and change and we must be conscious of the impact this has in our decision-making on your behalf. Your council has a responsibility to manage your rates to benefit all of Nelson and deliver the core services as a matter of first priority. I have represented this city in many capacities over the years and have always considered it a privilege and honour. I have worked hard to meet your concerns and understand your aspirations. Recent events in our city have highlighted the need to reconnect with our communities. It is vital council listen and act in this area. Council affects each and every citizen in some form every day of their lives and I wish to continue to be part of that ongoing process. Lee Corlett I would like toseea Council that reflects my core values of honesty, openness, community and social responsibility. It is my belief that being true to oneself and honouring our values is important, however we must also be open to evolving with the times. I hope that you are motivated by the type of team that I aspire to be a part of, and that you also want to play a role in improving and redefining what it means to be a Nelsonian. As a Nelson business owner I am hardworking and passionate about what Nelson offers now, and improvements we can make to the many wonderful features we have for future generations. At present my life centres on: my family, my work as an early childhood physical educator, sport and volunteering with Athletics Nelson, Special Olympics, Relay for Life and Tahunanui School Board of Trustees. Derek Nees Having grown up and spent my early working life in Takaka, I completed 29 years of service in NZ Army transport and logistics, and I have more recently spent a further twenty years in the commercial road transport industry in Nelson. I am actively involved in many community organisations including Cadet Forces, RSA, Freemasonry, Road Transport Association and Trusts and governance boards and executives associated with those organisations. I stand on these principles: control and reduction of debt; containing rate rises to the annual CPI; concentration on core activities; checking services for potential private enterprises savings; measuring NCC service delivery costs with other councils to get value for money; strengthening the control and governance powers of elected members; stopping the wasting of money on long term visionary planning and focusing on local rather than global issues. I look forward to working to make Nelson a better place for Nelsonians. Kate Fulton I'm a third generation Nelsonian. After attending Nelson College for Girls, I completed a BSc(Hons) at the University of Canterbury and a PhD in biomedical research at Cambridge University. I have three children and we lived overseas in Cambridge UK, then Melbourne, where I worked at Monash University, before returning to Nelson in 2009. During my first term I co- shared the Policy and Planning portfolio, completed Resource Management Act Commissioner training and worked on our Vision 2060. Highlights include securing the future for the Suter, NSOM, Theatre Royal and Brook Sanctuary. My interest in public health allows me to empathise with community group concerns. My ability to work collegially, whilst retaining integrity, is a strength which ensures my decision making is efficient and effective. I feel privileged to be a Councillor for Nelson and hope to continue to contribute to its vibrancy, whilst ensuring we have an economically stable and sustainable future.
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