City Vision is pleased to introduce an impressive team of talented candidates for Waitematā Local Board.

Alexandra Bonham – Grey Lynn resident completing her doctoral studies on Auckland city. Alexandra is a member of Women in Urbanism and is an advocate for a child-friendly sustainable city that fosters human connection, innovation and resilience through more joined-up thinking in planning, transport, and resource management.

Adriana Christie – current member of the Waitematā Local Board with responsibilities for parks, sports, and recreation and lead of the local economic portfolio. A social entrepreneur, former Design Thinking Lecturer at AUT, Adriana wants to help make our city work sustainable and inclusive for all Aucklanders.

Glenda Fryer – St Marys Bay resident, former Auckland City Councillor and present Deputy Chair of the Albert Eden Local Board. As a Local Board member, Glenda has taken a lead on projects in local economic development, parks, and sports.

Graeme Gunthorp – Freemans Bay resident and Asset Manager overseeing $500m of shopping centres around New Zealand. Graeme aims to help build strong communities based around safety for all, inclusive events, celebrating diversity and ensuring great transport options.

Kerrin Leoni (NgaiTakoto, Ngāti Kuri and Ngāti Paoa). City Centre resident and Contract Manager for Oranga Tamariki. Kerrin is keen to provide Maori cultural advice and strengthen relationships with Maori in the Waitematā. She is the founder of Mana Aroha providing global opportunities for youth and Co-Chair of Violent Free Communities. Kerrin is passionate about providing family-friendly spaces, supporting migrant communities and youth in the Waitematā.

Richard Northey – Freemans Bay resident, current Waitematā Local Board member, and former Councillor and Member of Parliament. As a Local Board member, Richard took the lead in establishing the arts partnership with TAPAC and stopping agrichemical spraying in key central parks.

Julie Sandilands – Central City resident and owner of The Dance Domain ​and Writers’ Cafe. As a local business owner and sustainability expert, Julie is passionate about improving the vibrancy and livability of the Waitematā area.

Candidates were selected at a selection meeting held on 10 March.

[first published on 12 March]