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What’s going on in Council – Apr 17

Council’s Future Tairawhiti meeting this Thursday looks like it’s going to be really interesting. We have a paper to endorse Gisborne Holdings Ltd implementing electric charging stations and another about potential minimum standards of property maintenance, however the main subjects I wanted to touch on are flooding, Iwi and the Long Term Plan. The recent ...

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What’s going on in Council – Mar 17

The past few weeks have been very auspicious for the East Coast; Hikurangi Pāriha made Matatini for the first time in a long time, Whangarā Mai Tāwhiti won Matatini and Te Tairāwhiti had a new Anglican bishop ordained in Bishop Don Tamihere, events that made me proud and I am sure made us all proud. ...

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What’s going on in Council – Jan 17

This week our council committees meet and there is a lot on! At Community Development a decision for Tikitiki to get a playground is on the cards. Our Tikitiki whanau have been waiting on our speedy bureaucracy to get itself sorted. It’s go time now. Let’s show the community we are action oriented and get ...

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What’s going on with Wastewater – Dec 16

Wastewater is back again on this council agenda. It’s that important I wanted to write something separate from the what’s going on in council piece. Our Wastewater Treatment Plant currently gets rid of 96% of sediment but there are still large amounts of bugs present in the final product. The 4% left over makes the ...

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What’s going on in Council – Dec 16

This week council has an extremely large agenda with some major decisions ahead. There are 19 decision papers and several public deputations to be made. Amalgamation of Activate Tairāwhiti and Tourism Eastland is on the cards. This has been in the works for over 18 months.  There is importance in having our Tourism and Regional ...

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Thoughts on my first term as a councillor

My first term as a councillor has been hard work and a lot of learning, two things fortunately I relish and am very familiar with!  The paperwork has been heavy, but not as heavy as the weight of the decisions a councillor has to make for the betterment of our region.  The councillor position is ...

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Enviromental, Planning and Regulation committee stance should be endorsed

CONTRARY to what some may say, Thursday’s sitting at the council should be a relatively uncomplicated affair. There are some things I’m really passionate about like dogs, the Oneroa walkway, Titirangi and the library extension, which should all be relatively straightforward. There is also a recommendation from the Environmental Planning and Regulations committee, the acceptance ...

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ANZAC day commemorations

I had the honour of laying the wreath at the ceremony at Te Karaka. My koro Bob Cookson meant so much to me. He went to war and he raised my mum and her siblings out at Te Karaka. It’s an understatement to say that I felt humbled. Was awesome to hear Uncle Owen Lloyd ...

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Officially a Gisborne District Councillor

So my first official day as a councilor was on Thursday, August the 7th, 2014. All those I loved and adored were present both in body and in spirit.  Even Tamanui Te Ra came out for the Powhiri. As Aunty Pimia Wehi’s karanga rang out in reply to Nanny Olive Isaac, I felt the first of ...

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