City Vision Candidates Selected and Campaigning

City Vision is the first team to select candidates and start campaigning across the Waitemata and Albert-Eden-Roskill wards for this year’s Auckland Council elections.

Over the past three years our elected members on the Governing Body of Council, Local Boards, Licensing Trusts, and the Auckland District Health Board have led the way. With strong and effective incumbents in place, and an exciting group of community-connected new candidates, we are ready and eager to take our message out to the people of our communities.

Our communities need a strong voice in the Auckland Council structure, and it is City Vision who will provide that. In our communities we are the only team who stands for:

·         Public ownership of our important community assets.

·         Better public transport including completion of the City Rail Link

·         Giving our communities a real voice by delegating responsibility and resources     to the local level.

City Vision is ready and organised. We will be taking our campaign to local streets and town centres to hear from local people and to win their support. Local people deserve a strong community voice and we will deliver.

For more information, contact Campaign Coordinator Gwen Shaw, 027 414 4074, [email protected]

City Vision’s confirmed candidates for the Auckland Council Election are:

Waitemata & Gulf Islands Ward

Mike Lee runs for election as an Independent with the endorsement and support of City Vision.

Mike  has served as Ward Councillor for Waitemata and Gulf Islands since 2010, and prior to that was Chair of the Auckland Regional Council. As Chair of Auckland Council’s Transport committee Mike has led the way in advocating for better public transport in Auckland, including completion of the City Rail Link. With a strong belief in public service and an established track record, Mike is a respected and influential voice for his community within Council.

Waitemata Local Board – City Vision

Shale Chambers:  As inaugural Chair of the Waitemata Local Board for  the last 3 years has led an effective team providing a strong local  voice to our communities. Shale is a long-standing local Ponsonby  lawyer, recently director of several large companies, Beaumont Quarter  resident, and a committed advocate for preservation of our heritage and  character.

Pippa Coom:   As Deputy Chair of the Waitemata Local Board Pippa Coom works full  time for the City Centre and Central suburbs that make up the Waitemata  area. She leads the Community and Transport-West portfolios and is chair  of the Grants Committee. She is proud of what the City Vision-led Board  has achieved and is committed to continuing with projects and  initiatives that foster and develop connected and sustainable  communities.

Christopher Dempsey:   Residential quality of life issues, supporting marginalised  communities, and sorting out local active transport issues drive  Christopher Dempsey’s involvement in local government. A Parnell  resident, Christopher, believes that streets, neighbourhoods and  different communities lie at the heart of local government and has  successfully and effectively committed the past nine years as an elected  representative to these issues.

Russell Hoban:   A long-time and community involved Ponsonby resident, who  brings thirty years of hands-on experience within Local Government in  the areas of building, noise, liquor licensing, environmental health,  public health, drainage, water and emergency pollution management.  He  is a strong promoter of human rights, equity and unity through  diversity.

Tricia Reade:  An enthusiastic and involved member of the first Waitemata Local Board, with specific responsibilities for heritage, community development and cultural portfolios. She has lived in the area for many years participating in local activities, and believes passionately in the ‘community voice’ and wishes to continue contributing to her local board’s communities.

Vernon Tava:   A lawyer at the Grey Lynn community law centre and  living in the city centre,  Vernon is committed to turning city spaces  into vibrant living spaces, re-connecting Auckland’s centre and  surrounding suburbs with cycleways and walkways, and protecting our  built and natural heritage.

Deborah Yates:  A Grey Lynn resident with a passion for Auckland, its unique geographical setting and culturally diverse population. She offers many years professional experience as a social justice advocate and a lifelong interest in environmental issues to its transformation into a well-managed, healthy and beautiful city for all.

Albert-Eden-Roskill Ward – City Vision

Cathy Casey:

Dr Cathy Casey, the current Albert-Eden-Roskill ward Councillor is experienced and effective.  She is a strong advocate for building strong inclusive communities across Auckland with access to quality council services and facilities like libraries and community centres.

Peter Haynes:

As Albert-Eden Local Board Chair, Peter Haynes has worked to protect Albert-Eden’s heritage and character, improve our open spaces and strengthen the local economy. A strong believer in local democracy and transparent processes, he looks forward to greater emphasis on community-led initiatives in the next term.

Albert-Eden Local Board – City Vision

Maungawhau Subdivision

Rohan Evans:  A father of two who lives in Mt Eden and works in the  arts and entertainment industry. He is a passionate advocate of housing  and transport policies for a vibrant, sustainable Auckland.

Peter Haynes:  As Albert-Eden Local Board Chair, Peter Haynes has worked  to protect Albert-Eden’s heritage and character, improve our open  spaces and strengthen the local economy. A strong believer in local  democracy and transparent processes, he looks forward to greater  emphasis on community-led initiatives in the next term.

Lisa Loveday: Left a busy corporate life to allow her time to work within her community. Passionate about everything local, Lisa is the driving force behind a number of community initiatives including the Sandringham Farmers’ Market. Awarded outstanding volunteer service by Albert -Eden Local Board 2012.

Godfrey Rudolph:  Is a proud father of four and secondary school teacher. He is a passionate advocate for a transparent Council that provides equitable and quality decision making for the community by the community.

Albert-Eden Local Board – City Vision

Owairaka Subdivision

Helga Arlington:  A sitting member of the Albert-Eden Local Board and a  former law librarian, she’s a long-standing local resident, and as a  Board member in the very first term of the new Auckland Council has  advocated for real influence for Local Boards and the local voice, for  stronger local villages and a community enriched by great libraries,  arts, local facilities and events.

Graeme Easte:  A Mount Albert resident with a wealth of experience as a community activist and 20-years service in local government.  Graeme is particularly keen to continue working to improve public transport and the health of our local streams.

Glenda Fryer: Has a long history of community service in Albert-Eden with 12 years as a City Councillor and Community Board Chair.  She has fought hard to retain the character and heritage of Mt Albert, prevent over intensification of our residential neighbourhoods, and to make our ‘hood’ a wonderful place for families to live, work and play.

Margi Watson:  Is the Deputy Chair of the Albert Eden Local Board and was instrumental in securing good community and open space outcomes from the SH20 Waterview Project. A trained nurse, Chair of a School Board, Trustee of the Mt Albert Aquatic Centre and parent to school aged children, Margi strives to promote cohesive communities, quality parks and recreational facilities.

Puketapapa Local Board – Roskill Community Voice

Harry Doig:  Has been involved with community development  for a number of years – the last two in Puketapapa / Mt Roskill.  He  believes that Puketapapa residents should have a greater say in how  their community works and believes that the Local Board is a great way  for residents to have their say.

Julie Fairey:  Is a current member of the Puketapapa Local Board and  helped to establish the Puketapapa Garden Web to support Roskill’s  community gardens.    She has a strong interest in helping advocate for  our area’s needs, in particular better access to community funding and  public input to Council decision-making.

David Holm:  Has lived in the Puketapapa Board area since 1970 and sees  it as a great place to bring up a family. He is keen for the Board to  involve the community in initiatives to provide local employment, reduce  congestion and plan for liveable housing and recreation facilities.

Garth Houltham:  A father of one son. Garth has resided in Hillsborough  for sixteen years. He is committed to protecting the heritage of  Roskill, improving public transport and getting a fairer deal for  Roskill residents.

Shail Kaushal:  Is City Vision’s youngest candidate and brings with him fresh  thinking, new ideas about leadership, and great energy. He is also  committed to being a voice for Mt Roskill’s diverse ethnic communities. A  proud graduate from Mt Roskill Intermediate and Grammar, he is  passionate about sustainability, giving youth a fair go, putting  families first and developing safer communities with better resourcing  for Roskill.

Michael Wood:  A dad of two from Roskill South, Michael is a sitting member of the Puketapapa Local Board, and has wide involvement and experience in a range of community groups. He is a passionate supporter of Roskill’s parks and heritage, and believes that it is time for Roskill to receive a fairer share of Council resources.

Auckland District Health Board – City Vision Health

Jo Agnew: Is a wife, mother of two and a Registered nurse who works in Nursing Education. She has served on the ADHB for the last six years. Two areas of great interest and concern to Jo are the Disability sector and the older person’s health sector. Jo believes it is imperative that nursing as a profession is represented on the ADHB so that patient advocacy is prioritised and a clinical focus is maintained.

Jeanette Elley:  For the past seven and a half years Jeanette has been  the Information Systems (IS) Manager at the Community Alcohol and Drugs  Service (CADS) within Waitemata District Health Board. CADS is a  centrally located (Pt Chevalier) regional service, catering to the  populations of all three Auckland District Health Boards.  A Mt Albert  resident, Jeanette has a keen interest in policy and good management in  health boards and government generally.

Helen Gaeta:  Works in the Health Faculty at AUT University, teaching  neuroscience and conducting research on the ageing brain.  Helen  believes equal access to preventive and primary health care is a  cornerstone of social wellbeing.

Will ‘Ilolahia: Is a Pasifika grandfather of 12, born and bred in Auckland’s CBD. He has been a Gullian barre Syndrome sufferer and wants to be strong advocate for patients on the DHB. He believes that the DHB must serve the interests of all New Zealanders, both new and old.

Brent Morrissey: In recent years Brent has been an elected member of Auckland Regional Council and Manukau DHB.  He has had a comprehensive management career as a health sector professional with  extensive administrative experience in Primary Health.  This includes a particular interest in the Care of the Elderly and in the improvement of Primary Health Care and Surgical Services for Aucklanders.

Robyn Northey:  Is a sitting member of the DHB and has worked her whole adult life I in front line health services as a Chief Executive, General Manager of Age Care and Disability Services, Health Social Worker and School Dental Nurse. She believes that all Aucklanders who are sick or have a disability should receive effective and timely treatment and services.

Lesley Whyte:  A highly successful CEO, independent director and consultant with strong commercial, strategic and governance capability in the sectors of multi-national and local government.  She is the CEO and co-founder of Women on Boards, a not-for-profit organisation providing tools and empowerment for women of all ages to assist them to achieve their governance goals through education.

Portage Licensing Trust – City Vision

Catherine Farmer:   As a current Portage Licensing Trustee Catherine enjoys seeing local  communities thrive. Having lived in the Trust area for over forty years  she intends to continue working for improved community outcomes.

Margi Watson:  Stood for the Portage Licensing Trust in  2010, she is the Deputy Chair of the Albert Eden Local Board and was  instrumental in securing good community and open space outcomes from the  SH20 Waterview Project. A trained nurse, Chair of a School Board,  Trustee of the Mt Albert Aquatic Centre and parent to school aged  children, Margi strives to promote cohesive communities, quality parks  and recreational facilities.

Lorraine Wilson:  A sitting member, is passionate about the work of the Portage Licensing Trust which operates a socially responsible business and provides great opportunities for our young people keen to join the hospitality industry.