I believe community representatives should be well connected and active in the community they represent.
As the initiator of the Real Whanganui Festival during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and working with the Community Arts Centre Trust, together we brought in over $150,000 of funding for local events. I then became a Trustee of Artists Open Studios for two years and later the organiser of it and the Glass Festival before running for Council.
Over 5 years ago, Ana Terry and myself created and published AWA Events Guide Whanganui, and I’ve continued as owner and publisher for 5 years. AWA is published monthly and is a printed guide to events in the District. Many new residents have found it a help to settling in the area. This has not been a profit-making venture but a passion to help publicise the wonderful range of events in Whanganui and better connect the community. From October 2016, I am passing AWA onto Karen Craig (no relation) who has been managing it for the last few years. www.awaeventguide.co.nz
I am a Trustee of the Whanganui Regional Heritage Trust Board which publishes a regular newsletter on World War One local stories plus advocates for the retention of local heritage. www.whanganuiheritagetrust.org.nz
As a long term member of the Chamber of Commerce I regularly attend functions to learn more about local businesses and ways to connect the community and Council.
I have also been a long term member of the Rotary Club of Wanganui which is a community service club, raising money for local charities and supporting youth development.
In 2016 I joined The Great Ball organising committee which raised $90,000 for Women’s Refuge Whanganui. The other committee members were Sharon Warburton, Victoria Deaker of New World Wanganui, Keryn Amon of DML Construciton, Maureen Johnson of Critique Event Management, Warren Ruscoe of Meteor Products and Paula Wade of The Edge Beauty Salon.
In 2013 I ran for the local body elections on a platform of “positive growth” and winning a seat. For the last three years I have consistently appeared at my monthly “ask your councillor” stall at the Saturday River Traders Market.
I hold an important range of portfolios on Council including:
- Visit Whanganui Board – a branch of Whanganui & Partners,
- Arts Portfolio
- Tamaupoko Link representative
- Central City Representative.