Oxford/Ohoka Ward Council Candidate
Community Board candidate – Oxford subdivision
Waimakariri District Council
I grew up on a sheep and crop farm at Swannanoa and have lived and worked in the Oxford/Ohoka ward most of my life. I love Waimakariri’s mix of rural living with town and city life and I’m running for council because we need to maintain that balanced lifestyle.
Waimakariri’s population is expected to reach almost 100,000 by 2050 [64,000 currently] so we’re in for some major changes to the look and feel of the area. But this doesn’t mean we have to lose the best things about living here.
As an agricultural journalist for nearly 25 years, I have developed a strong understanding of land and water management issues, both locally and nationally.
The Oxford/Ohoka ward is facing big challenges, including effective and affordable land and water management and the challenges of building infrastructure for our fast-growing area.
Waimakariri council has an important job to do here. Two major issues are the proposed private plan for high-density housing Ohoka village and the national roll-out of Three Waters. I say no to both.
The plan for Ohoka village is a challenge to the integrity of our community plan for managing urban growth. Waimakariri has a plan for housing intensity across the district and that plan must stand, or else we risk undermining democratic process. Aside from that, Ohoka village is a beautiful spot so let’s not ruin it.
As for Three Waters, we own these assets and council manages them well, so let’s not mess with this either.
I believe a councillor’s role is to listen, seek advice and make decisions with the most complete information possible. Council should be a collaborative exercise and that’s always been my approach to involvement in the community.
I’m a Life Member of Ohoka Rugby Club, served as president of North Canterbury Rugby Sub Union from 2010 to 2012 and led a volunteer team that raised $75,000 for upgraded LED rugby lights at Mandeville Sports Centre.
A longtime player and supporter and Swannanoa Cricket Club, I led the club’s return to Swannanoa Domain from Mandeville Sports Centre, drove the initial restoration of the club’s historic pavilion and managed the installation of new artificial turf on the old concrete wicket block.
With this background, you can expect a strong commitment from me to sports and recreation, where council is involved and in community generally. I love to see what’s possible with a combination of volunteer drive and professional support. Councils, I believe, have an important role to play in supporting clubs to stay healthy and strong.
Outside sport, I’ve published three books, Straight off the Tussock – a family memoir; Kiwi Farmers Guide to Life – a collection of Kiwi farming stories – and just now, The Clarence: People and Places of Waiau Toa. Fair to say, I loved the chance to share these Kiwi farming stories, giving a bit of insight into rural life along the way.
Looking ahead, I believe that with good representation on council, we can still enjoy the best of urban and rural life in Waimakariri. For more information on my council campaign you can go to www.timfultonmedia.co.nz/Fultonforcouncil or Facebook Fulton for council.
As you consider your vote, here are some need-to-knows the election.
Responsibility of the Council and
The Council is responsible for the overall
governance of the District Council.
It sets Council policy and monitors its implementation.
The Community Boards seek and represent
their community’s views and advocate for the
interests of their community.
The Boards also make decisions related to community issues where authority has been delegated to the Boards from the Council.
The Waimakariri District Council is
Four Community Boards representing the
community comprised of:
Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board
5 members + 2 councillors
Woodend-Sefton Community Board
5 members + 2 councillors
from Kaiapoi-Woodend Ward
Oxford-Ohoka Community Board
6 members + 2 councillors
from Oxford-Ohoka Ward
Rangiora-Ashley Community Board
8 members + 4 councillors
from Rangiora-Ashley Ward
Local authority elections take place every three years on the second Saturday in October, via postal voting.
You can make your vote from September 16, when forms are sent out. The election is on Saturday October 8th.
As an agricultural journalist, I’m big on clear communication and strong representation.
For me, representation means speaking on behalf of individuals and organisations in your community, to act in their best interests, make decisions that consider the needs of both current and future generations.
It is about fostering a culture of inclusion and belonging and ensuring all voices are heard.
That’s why I’m standing for Waimakariri district council in the Oxford Ohoka ward.
From 16th September 2022, you can vote in your local body elections selecting your next Mayor, Councillors and Board members to represent your voice in decisions made for your community.
Elections are conducted by postal vote from September 16th and voting closes at noon on Saturday 8 October 2022.
As a candidate standing for local government for the first time, I’ve asked myself, what’s involved? For an answer to this I looked to Taituara, an organisation representing people in local government:
‘There are 78 councils across the country working every day to make sure the communities they represent run smoothly and efficiently.
Local government is not all about bureaucracy and politics – there are thousands of people across New Zealand working within local government to ensure that their communities are the best they can possibly be. From your local librarians, building inspectors and swimming pool lifeguards to the Chief Executive, everyone working in the councils are focused on making sure their area is a great place to live, play and visit.
Councils provide a huge range of services to the communities they serve – from the basics of maintaining efficient infrastructure for our roads and water pipes; planning for the future and providing facilities to promote and improve community well being.
How local government affects you
Local government operations affect you every day; and you may not even be aware of it.
There are many aspects of your daily life that wouldn’t be able to function without the work of local government staff. From the moment you wake up and brush your teeth, have a shower and flush the toilet. Taking the bus to work or school, paying for your parking and having your rubbish collected from the side of the street each week.
None of those things could happen without your council – and the staff working within them.
Promotes community well-being
Councils are closely involved in promoting community well-being through arts, community and recreation services. Your council maintains public libraries, parks, public swimming pools, sports grounds and museums. Your council also looks after youth development, community relationships, business development, and holds events that encourage community participation.
Makes sure everything works
Water comes in, and it goes out. The roads are maintained, bus services organised, and the rubbish removed. All those things you don’t notice until they don’t happen! Planning, developing and maintaining local infrastructure is a major aspect of council work.
Plans for the future
Councils are responsible for facilitating ongoing growth of your district or city especially in areas such as transport, resource management, bylaw making, urban design, community and social, financial planning, and economic development. Councils liaise with key community groups, conduct effective consultations and monitors and implement these policies and plans effectively.
Looks after the environment
Weeds, chemical spills, rescuing native species, cleaning up the air or plotting where everything actually is. Everything has an environmental impact and your council is often the referee. Regional councils, in particular, must manage the demands of industry (for instance farming), and of those who want to keep our environment untouched.
Serves the community
Your council ensures that consistent standards are in place to keep people safe and secure. They keep you safe from dodgy food, ensure that you don’t get constant gridlock in the cities, or that ships berth at wharves and not on reefs. Councils apply a vast number of rules and regulations that central government has decreed, and many arise from the expressed wishes of their community.
Able and strong management ensures that strategies and structures are in place for your council to achieve the vision for your community. They have people who look after operational performance, implement solutions to make the organisation achieve its outcomes and provide structures and systems in place to better serve the community’.
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