Candidate Profiles

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​MAYOR

CADOGAN, Tim

I came to Central as a solo-dad on the benefit with children then aged three and two. In the 21 years since; I remarried, worked in radio and as a Court lawyer. I currently operate my own Law Practice, sit as Disputes Tribunal Referee and am a Central Lakes Trust Trustee.  I served 5 years on the Vincent Community Board and have been heavily involved in many community events.

I offer my Legal, Media, Communication, Mediation, Governance and most importantly Life Skills and experience to the Office of Mayor. 

I promise to be a full-time Mayor, leaving almost all my current work roles if elected.

I promise to be a leader in the community, not just the leader of Council. 

I promise to work hard and to be present and active throughout our whole Region.

I am passionate about Central and excited about what we can achieve together.

LEPPER, Tony

I have been the Mayor of Central Otago for two terms. We have made significant progress toward making all of Central Otago an affordable and sustainable place to live and we have made giant strides toward making your Council an efficient and customer friendly business.  If elected,  I will continue to work with staff and elected members on making the improvements that will benefit all of you, no matter where you live.

I have proven that I have the time and energy to lead our community. I do not shy away from the hard and controversial issues. I am out there meeting and listening to people on a daily basis and this combined with my business, farming and sporting experience gives me a good understanding of what this community needs.

My wife Bernie is a significant leader in the community and she helps me in this very exciting role.

McPHERSON, Martin

Change is inevitable. Growth takes vision, planning and imagination.

Hi, my name is Martin McPherson and I want to be your next Mayor.

I live in Alexandra with my partner Christine and daughter Sophie.

I believe strongly in promoting Central Otago as an attractive destination for people to live, work and play.

We are entering an exciting time with unprecedented growth in the region.

Proposed changes to our District plan and major infrastructure developments are well underway.

As your Mayor I will be approachable, available and focused on the future, not for the next three years but the next 30.

We need to promote ourselves as an attractive destination for investment and lifestyle.

I have the experience, dedication and personality to effectively lead Central Otago in achieving the growth needed to sustain all our communities, now and in the future.

I offer a new perspective and new energy.

COUNCIL

Election of THREE Councillors for the Alexandra Ward

BROWNE, Roger

I am involved in many community activities, including: Chair of the board of Central Otago REAP (Rural Education Activities Programme); a trustee of the Central Otago District Arts Trust; president of the Central Writers Circle; the Alexandra U3A committee. I have established a community native plant nursery to assist with ecological restoration in our region.  Our region's economic health depends on the vitality of our business community and our Council needs to be supportive of small and medium sized businesses.  The Council should provide a lead in supporting the principles of sustainable living in which we consider not just our own needs but the needs of future generations.  The Council should encourage and support the extension to our network of bicycle trails centred on the Rail Trail.  The Council must do what it can to ensure that our communities are safe, vibrant and affordable.

 

CLARIDGE, Lynley

Formerly Associate and Practice Manager of a local accountancy firm, and Accounting Manager in the gold mining industry, I am now a local business owner.

Previously I have served nine years on Community Board and Council, three years on Central Lakes Trust, and three years on Central Otago Health Inc, the shareholder of Dunstan Hospital, Alexandra representative on Executive Committee and Hearings Panel, Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee, and youth advocate.

We have a magic environment in Central Otago, we need courage to support new, innovative ideas, to give each community its own unique opportunity to leverage off the unprecedented growth in Central Otago and Lakes Districts, while still protecting our "perfect place", creating employment, giving confidence to build our communities, growing families, keeping our families here.

Central Otago is my home, I want to protect and grow it for my family, and for yours. I have the courage.

GOUDIE, Claire       

I have served two terms on the Vincent Community Board and believe that it is important that we have a diversity of views on both the Board and Council.  That is why I am once again putting myself forward.  I am happy to speak out for what I believe in, and to advocate for others.

I am a community focused volunteer and passionate about Alexandra - a safe place to live and bring up children, and a stimulating environment for retirement.

Like all rural towns, Alexandra has its challenges and balancing the need for growth with affordable rating is not easy.  I am committed to maintaining current levels of service and finding innovative ways to encourage growth.

I am the Board representative on the Blossom Festival Committee, Community House Trust, and I am active on Promote Alexandra.  I am involved with local children's theatre, introducing young people to the arts.

HAMBLETON, Barry

I have spent three years on the Vincent Community Board where I have gained understanding of how local politics works and skills required for effective advocacy. I am now seeking election to the CODC.

A career in education as a principal and now consultant has led to my ability to effectively communicate.

I lead community organisations, have experience in chairing meetings, dealing with government departments and business groups, I listen and debate issues for the community benefit.

Central Otago is growing. If elected I intend to advocate for promotion of the area, not only as a tourist destination, but as an area which is vibrant and attractive for current and potential citizens and business people. Promotion of housing, airport, proposed retirement village, improved sporting facilities for all ages and early completion of our water system are essential. I oppose amalgamation of local bodies.

As Councillor I will encourage positive change.

McPHERSON, Martin

Hi, my name is Martin McPherson and I am standing for my fourth term on the Council.

I live in Alexandra with my partner Christine and daughter Sophie. I have lived here for over 20 years.

I'm very active in the community, particularly in my role as event manager of the Alexandra Blossom Festival, which puts me in touch with people from all walks of life. I believe strongly in promoting Alexandra as an attractive destination for people to live, work and play.

I am very conscious of how council spends ratepayers' money and bring governance and business experience to the council table. As a member of the planning committee I am active in planning matters. I am always happy to listen to the community's concerns and issues and to take on board their ideas and suggestions.

I am your representative, and will always be available, interested and approachable.

STIRLING-LINDSAY, Sharleen

Having recently returned to Central Otago, I am committed to its future development to ensure it remains a fantastic place to live, work and play. 

I have been fortunate to serve the Rangiora Community for 6 years, as a Board Member and Chairperson.  Through this experience I can bring valuable skills and knowledge gained, in particular the importance of supporting my community to bring about positive progress and growth.

I will bring a younger perspective to local community issues, advocating on behalf of residents to provide a strong, healthy, vibrant and inclusive community.   

I would cherish the opportunity to use skills gained from a career in the community sector to the table to enhance the progress and growth of our community. 

My desire for Alexandra is to be a strong inclusive community, it would be a privilege to represent you and assist the growth of my new home, community.

WILLS, Barrie

Ann and I have lived in Central Otago for 38 years, have three children, are active with many community organisations.  With three terms on VCB plus one on Council, I enjoy community interaction.  I am a self-employed environmental resource management consultant working with landowners, mining/energy/development companies and NGO's. 

Current involvement includes: Roading Ctte Chair, Otago/Southland Regional Transport Ctte; Regional Research Institute Working Party Chair; Roxburgh Gorge Trail Charitable Trust; Manorburn Dam Ctte; Jolendale Park Trust; Central Stories Board; Keep Alexandra Clyde Beautiful Group; Coastguard Clyde; Alexandra Suspension Bridge Group; Lake Wanaka Guardians; Otago Polytech Advisory Ctte; CO Astronomical Soc.

If elected my objectives are to: ensure rates remain consistent with essential council services; support business (Centre for Space Science Technology), farming and recreational activities (cycle trails); maintain a healthy living environment; provide community liaison and a professional, practical perspective to Council based on my knowledge and expertise. 

Election of THREE Councillors for the Cromwell Ward – No election

CALVERT, Shirley

As a born and bred Cromwellian, I have always had a great passion for Central Otago.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first term at Council. It has been a big learning curve for me, but I have met the challenge and I would now like to build on my learning and experiences by representing my Community and bringing their views to Council for another term. With the understanding I now have of Council processes, I am better informed to ensure good governance and good decision-making.

It has been an exciting three years for the whole District with unprecedented growth and developments. The positive vibes are set to continue and Council has worked hard to be in what I believe is a great position, to help their Communities make the most of the opportunities as they arise.

I will continue to work hard and be an active advocate for my Community.

GILLESPIE, Neil

Cromwell is an important part of our District and I'm proud to have been born here and call it home. 

The efforts of many, including our Community Board, have ensured Cromwell's growth and development, benefiting both Cromwell and Central Otago.  Expenditure by the Board and Council to retain the present levels of service and enable continued growth needs to be carefully balanced by elected members against the benefits for ratepayers. 

Elected members must strive to maintain levels of service and provide for the growth of Cromwell and our district in future years.  They must carefully plan and consider opportunities that benefit the community while taking into account community needs. 

My current community involvement combined with my experience as Community Board Chairman since 2001 (member since 1998) and Ward Councillor since 2001, demonstrates that I have the proven skills, common sense and logic to represent community interests for the Cromwell Ward.

McKINLAY, Nigel

I am standing for a second term representing Cromwell on council. Being a councillor automatically gives you a seat on your community board.

My objectives:

Rate rises are too high and should be capped.

Strong local democracy. Community boards and councils are vital to give people a voice. Their powers are under threat.

Promoting progress and jobs through good infrastructure and efficient, user friendly services.

Protecting our environment and all that makes Central Otago special.

I bring a strong background in business, 3 year's experience on council and 6 on the Cromwell community board.

With retirements there will be new faces on council and community board. Continuity will be important.

We have a dynamic new CEO whose stated aim is to make this council the best. I want to be part of that challenge.

I look forward to the opportunity to being a strong voice for Cromwell and Central Otago.

Election of TWO Councillors for the Earnscleugh-Manuherikia Ward – No election


BONHAM, Victoria

Having lived most my life in Central Otago. My extensive rural and business background and experience in the animal health and tourism industries, has given me a grass roots understanding of our area and community. I have been deeply involved with charity and community organisations for many years and am a passionate environmentalist and animal rights campaigner.

I believe difficult times are ahead, our environment, health, economy and NZ way of life are under threat like never before.

We must prioritise health, support and value our vulnerable and elderly, encourage our youth, say NO to environmental poisoning, raise standards of environmental and animal welfare, support local business and create employment.

I believe rural small town communities are the real NZ, through caring, networking, strong values and good kiwi ingenuity we can be the change we wish to see in this country.  Thankyou for caring and voting. Arohanui

TOPLISS, Malcolm

I am passionate about the future of Central Otago. However there is much still to be done for our region to achieve its potential, in particular infrastructure upgrades. Being involved for a second term in important decision making processes will give me a pathway to help ensure that development and progress is for the benefit of all ratepayers across the district.

My background is financial and infrastructure management, with significant experience in governance as CEO, Managing Director, and company director, prior to my semi-retirement in 2011.

Over the past term I have represented the Earnscleugh/Manuherikia Ward on the CODC, as well as representing the Council on the Vincent Community Board and several other organisations and committees.

I am confident that both my strong business background and passion for Central Otago provide me with the skills, experience, leadership and motivation to continue to serve the community for a further term.

Election of ONE Councillor for the Maniototo Ward – No election

 DUNCAN, Stuart

As a 48 year old Wedderburn farmer, accommodation and tourism business operator and father of three children, I take a keen and active interest in the development of Central Otago. I believe this can be reached by balancing tradition and history, with fresh ideas and an entrepreneurial focus.

Known as being honest and personable, I bring these qualities to the council, along with skills that have been developed through my nine years contributing to the Maniototo Community Board and also 3 years on the Central Otago District Council, adding debate and balance to many issues.

Throughout my life I have been proactive, never sitting back but taking the initiative involving myself in a wide range of activities and projects. I relish the challenges that local body politics offer and look forward to continuing to positively channel my determination and energy for the benefit of Central Otago, my home.

Election of ONE Councillor for the Teviot Valley Ward – No election

JEFFERY, Stephen F

I am a local Businessman with interests in Fruit Growing, Packing, Exporting and Retail. My family has a long history in this valley and I have a passion and a vision for its future. In the past I have served several terms on the Roxburgh Community Board, two as Chairman. The past three years I have been the Teviot Valleys Councillor on the CODC. As well as serving on several committees I am currently chairman of the Roxburgh Gorge/Clutha Gold Trail trust company. The impetus behind my involvement in this project is to drive economic development across the Teviot Valley. Without growth it's difficult to maintain existing services.

I think I have proven over the years that I have the ability, drive and Commitment to serve this community. I now seek your support to carry on this work as your Teviot Valley Ward Councillor.

 

COMMUNITY BOARDS

Election of FOUR members for the Cromwell Community Board

BLAIKIE, Annabel Mackay

Being brought up in the south I have a great affinity for this region. Over the last 12 months I have established my new business located in the beautiful old Cromwell Town.

I am a former primary school teacher and hold a marketing Dip Grad from Otago University. I love all sports and played representative rugby for Scotland and Otago.

I have been actively involved in community activities since my arrival back in 2004 and am currently on the board of the Cromwell Promotions Group and Central Otago Chamber of Commerce.

My wish is to see sustainable long term rewarding employment levels grow within our region. Thus allowing more families and groups to live and work successfully in our region.

DICEY, Robin

I am a retired grape grower and have lived in Bannockburn for the last 24 years.

The reason I am standing for the Community Board is simple – I would like to see ratepayers' money being spent in a more responsible way on what I believe to be the Board's core mandate – the provision of essential infrastructure and services.  I have concerns when ratepayers are funding frivolous projects such as the very expensive landscaping alterations between Murray Terrace and SH 8B. To me this goes well outside the brief of what the Board should be doing.

Furthermore, if the Board would like to spend money on these ventures, it needs to consult its ratepayers far more effectively than it does at present. Most of us like the small town ambience of Cromwell; let's not try to grow it too fast. We do not want to become Queenstown lite.

HAMILTON, Alistair 
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HARRISON, Anna

I have lived in Cromwell for nearly 15 years with my husband and three sons.  I am Deputy Principal at Goldfields Primary School.  I have been actively involved in the community through my children's sports and as a Board of Trustees member for Goldfields. I am currently Cromwell Swim Club coordinator and a club coach.

I am excited by the growth in Cromwell and the opportunities that this presents for developing a dynamic community that meets the needs of our changing population.  As Deputy Principal of a local primary school and a mother of teenagers and young adults I am in a position to see the impact of this growth on families.  I am keen to be an advocate for families and youth on the Cromwell Community Board. I would like to see planned and sustainable future development of community amenities that benefits all sectors of our community.

MURRAY, Werner

My young family and I have recently moved to the district after years of living abroad to settle down in a community that is growing and vibrant. Central Otago was the perfect fit, with its beautiful open spaces, bustling horticulture industry and growing tourism markets. Cromwell is the ideal place to raise a family with its great community spirit and ample opportunities for young minds.

I love living in this district and am passionate about being part of Cromwell's bright future. I would relish the opportunity to work as part of a team that can contribute to Cromwell's development and growth. For many years I have worked in urban and regional planning, and with the Resource Management Act and related processes. This experience and my positive outlook give me the skills to be an effective member of the Community Board.

 STEWART, Gordon

I am Cromwell born and bred and proud of it. After obtaining qualifications in Mining, Geology and Business at Otago University, I worked in Australia before returning to Bannockburn.

I have been self-employed for the past 36 years.

I was elected to the Cromwell Community Board in 1989 and to the District Council in 1992. I did not stand for the Council at the last election, but have continued with the Community Board where I believe I have, and can continue to make a positive contribution, with my experience and knowledge of the area.

I am married to Christine a practice nurse, and I am involved with various clubs including Rotary, Curling, Bowling and Equestrian. Christine and I are keen walkers during our time off.

Your support in this election would be appreciated and although I can't solve everyone's problems I am available and prepared to listen.

Election of FOUR members for the Maniototo Community Board – no election

EVANS, Susan Jean

My name is Susan Evans. I am married to Richard and have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren.

I have lived in the Maniototo for 49 Years, attended the Maniototo Area School and trained as a Nurse.

My Nursing Career began at the Maniototo Hospital and then continued with my position at the Chalet Rest Home. I was Manager of the Chalet for 9 Years. Owning a Business in Ranfurly provided me with valuable insight into the Economic and Cultural Development of the Maniototo Area.

Members of our Community have encouraged me to put my name forward for re-election. I enjoy being on the Maniototo Community Board and supporting the members of our Community.

I am looking forward to contributing as a member and participating in the Communication, Consultation and Discussions that involve the ongoing Development of the Maniototo Community and support of its Residents.

HAZLETT, Robert 
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HELM, Duncan A
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UMBERS, Sue

I am writing this statement to support my nomination for the Maniototo Community Board. It is always strange writing a statement about myself. For those of you who are new to the area, I have lived in the Maniototo most of my life. For many years until recently I worked at the Maniototo Community Library until my employment unfortunately ceased in 2015, when the library became a District Library. You will now find me in the very early hours of the morning cooking up a storm at the Ranfurly Four Square Bakery. In my spare time I enjoy having my grandchildren over and breeding welsh ponies on my small lifestyle block. I am standing for election for the Maniototo Community Board; because I am passionate about representing our community. I have always voiced concerns raised to me at the board meetings, and fight for a fair deal for our residents.  

 

 

Election of FOUR members for the Teviot Valley Community Board

FEINERMAN, Sally

With a background in event management including event coordination and management to directing, I thrive on bringing flair and passion for organisation and achieving outcomes to work every day. Directing the Winter Festival gave me the chance to put my leadership skills into play.

I have been promoting this region for the past 20 years through my role at the Winter Festival and now I am actively promoting the lifestyle that moving to Central Otago and to Roxburgh which I proudly call home - has afforded me. I have access to the Clutha Gold Trail from my property and I get out there most days to enjoy it.

As a personal trainer and director of my own business I relish the opportunity to motivate others to reach their own goals & to offer a unique service to women living in this area.

GUNN, Raymond

I am a 5th Generation sheep and beef Farmer on our property at Coal Creek. I am married to Leda and we have two daughters Katie and Sarah, who attend the Roxburgh Area School.

I have represented the Teviot Valley for two terms on the Community Board, the second term as Board Chairman.

Having been involved in many organisations in the Valley over the years, and think I have a good understanding of the issues that face our community.

I am excited by the potential of new and expanding businesses being created in the Teviot Valley due to the newly developed Cycle trails, we need to keep up this momentum.

I have enjoyed my last two terms on the Teviot Valley Community Board and representing the Board on various local committees. I am keen to stand for the Teviot Valley Ward for a third term and seek your continued support.

 PARKER, Cliff

My name is Cliff Parker and I have lived in the Teviot Valley all my life and I have been Teviot Valley Community Board Member for some time and over that time I have attended all Community Board meetings plus many more. During my time I have helped many rate payers to get jobs done and things repaired or improved.  I would like to see more local contractors do some of the work in the Teviot Valley.  It is a bad look to see three or four people coming down from Alexandra to do a small job when they could be done by our local contractors and save money.  There would then be more money to be spent on the Teviot Valley.  I have the time and commitment to give 100% for the benefit of the rate payers.

 

 

 PRITCHARD, John

I live and work in the Teviot Valley and submit my nomination for the Community Board.

I have resided in this community for 16 years and consider that as both a resident and Lawyer in Roxburgh, and previously Southland for over 40 years, I am well suited to represent this community.

Throughout my working life I have been involved in many voluntary roles with community groups by actively participating, advocating for, and contributing my expertise.

My professional and business experience has contributed to my ability to work with and represent the views of many diverse community groups, organisations and individuals in a considered and common sense manner.

I am familiar with the legal obligations and processes associated with effective governance and representation of the community on the Board.

READ, Russell

Having now lived in Roxburgh for 3 years; although paying rates for thirteen years; I am committed to make the best contribution possible to the Teviot Valley.  I am now a committee member of 8 Central Otago organisations.

As a Community Board member, I have advocated very strongly for planting more trees in Roxburgh.  As a result of my advocacy, it is pleasing that ash trees have been planted in north Scotland St.  More trees, especially native, evergreen trees would be pleasing.

I promoted the need for uniform Central Otago water rates and this has now been achieved, with significant rates reduction; although CODC drove this.

The Clutha Gold Trail has increasing patronage, with positive affect to businesses in Teviot Valley.  Further proposed trails will enhance this.  Rising property values reflect this.  If returned to the Community Board, I will do my very best to advantage this delightful area.

Election of THREE members for the Vincent Community Board – Alexandra Ward

BROWNE, Roger

I am involved in many community activities, including: Chair of the board of Central Otago REAP (Rural Education Activities Programme); a trustee of the Central Otago District Arts Trust; president of the Central Writers Circle; the Alexandra U3A committee. I have established a community native plant nursery to assist with ecological restoration in our region.  Our region's economic health depends on the vitality of our business community and our Council needs to be supportive of small and medium sized businesses.  The Council should provide a lead in supporting the principles of sustainable living in which we consider not just our own needs but the needs of future generations.  The Council should encourage and support the extension to our network of bicycle trails centred on the Rail Trail.  The Council must do what it can to ensure that our communities are safe, vibrant and affordable.

 

FITZGERALD, Brian

Having resided in Alexandra for some eleven years now both my wife Penny and I have found it a wonderful place to live and become involved with the community.

I have previously had a career in financial services and business management, giving me the experience and common sense needed in making decisions that benefit our community.

I have always believed in giving back to the community in which you live.

I'm a member of Alexandra Rotary, and through the VCB I am involved with the Alexandra/Clyde District Business Group, Promote Alexandra, Clyde Recreation Committee, Alexandra Suspension Bridge Working Group, and the Alexandra & District Youth Trust.

I value the opportunity to positively contribute to the progressing of our area.

Having served in the current term on the VCB I learned quickly the processes involved in local bodies, and would be honoured to represent our community in the new term.

GOUDIE, Claire

I have served two terms on the Vincent Community Board and believe that it is important that we have a diversity of views on both the Board and Council.  That is why I am once again putting myself forward.  I am happy to speak out for what I believe in, and to advocate for others.

I am a community focused volunteer and passionate about Alexandra - a safe place to live and bring up children, and a stimulating environment for retirement.

Like all rural towns, Alexandra has its challenges and balancing the need for growth with affordable rating is not easy.  I am committed to maintaining current levels of service and finding innovative ways to encourage growth.

I am the Board representative on the Blossom Festival Committee, Community House Trust, and I am active on Promote Alexandra.  I am involved with local children's theatre, introducing young people to the arts.

HAMBLETON, Barry

As a current elected member of this Board I recognise your right to elect members to advocate on your behalf. I am prepared to listen, debate and question to reflect your voice. I believe I have the leadership experience, and fresh ideas which are valuable on this Board.

I love living in and promoting Alexandra.  I keep informed by representing VCB on a combined social services discussion group (ACOSS), chairing the active Business Group, belonging to Rotary, Probus, Dunstan Golf Club and community volunteering thereby meeting with a cross section of the community and taking advice to ensure that my advocacy is current with community thinking.

I support local growth. The completion of water system, airport growth, retirement village, attracting and supporting retailers, tourist attractions complementing the bike trails, sporting facilities and growth in services.

I believe that Alexandra is and should always be a vital part of Central Otago.

STIRLING-LINDSAY, Sharleen

Having recently returned to Central Otago, I am committed to its future development to ensure it remains a fantastic place to live, work and play. 

I have been fortunate to serve the Rangiora Community for 6 years, as a Board Member and Chairperson.  Through this experience I can bring valuable skills and knowledge gained, in particular the importance of supporting my community to bring about positive progress and growth.

I will bring a younger perspective to local community issues, advocating on behalf of residents to provide a strong, healthy, vibrant and inclusive community.    

I would cherish the opportunity to use skills gained from a career in the community sector to the table to enhance the progress and growth of our community. 

My desire for Alexandra is to be a strong inclusive community, it would be a privilege to represent you and assist the growth of my new home, community.

Election of TWO members for the Vincent Community Board – Earns/Manu Ward

ARMSTRONG, James

My name is James Armstrong, 65, Becks farmer, married with 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren. I put myself forward for the Vincent Community Board, Earnscleugh-Manuherikia Ward.

As a 4th generation on our family farm I feel I have a good knowledge of the Board area.

Over the years I have served my community in a variety of roles. Chairman of Young Farmers at local and District level, St Bathans Triathlon organising committee member for 20 years. Chairman, 3 years, of Central Otago JP Association and NZ Curling Council and Past Master of both St Bathans and Cromwell Masonic Lodges. I am currently Becks Hall Committee Chairman, Blackstone Hill Fire Party Secretary and Private Water Right holders rep on Falls Dam Irrigation Company.

I seek re-election, for a third term, as a rural candidate because I feel representation of all householders is necessary for a well balanced community board.

FODIE, Nadia

I am a 21 year old local mother and live on a rural lifestyle property near Alexandra.  I work for the SPCA and am studying part time to further my career options in working with youth, and animal welfare.

I believe our youth is the future of our community, their opinions need to be valued and their voices heard, I would like to be that voice, through listening, networking and good representation through fair democratic process.   I would like to seek better options and support for youth encouraging work opportunity, involvement and positivity. We need to reduce our tragic youth suicide rate and bringing them hope for the future and a sense of belonging.

I am passionate, motivated and determined to see improvement in our community, environment and animal welfare. Thank you for the opportunity to represent our youth and community.

GARBUTT, Russell

I have wide experience in governance having served as a board member and Chair of Sport Otago for 8 years, a member of the inaugural board of the Academy of Sport, life member of the Otago Ski Club and the Otago Rowing Club, a Past President of the Dunstan Arm Rowing Club, a member of the Dunstan Golf Club, and a member of the Manorburn Curling Club.  I worked in television broadcasting for over 30 years and then headed up the Media Production Unit of the University of Otago until my retirement.

I am a strong opponent of large community debt and local body amalgamation.

I believe that the CODC and its community boards should encourage the establishment and growth of innovative businesses that don't negatively impact on our unique and special environment.  Recently widowed, I have the time and passion to serve my community.

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