This week Taieri Times continues a series from members of the
Mosgiel-Taieri community board. The board of six was elected
Aged 68 and a lifelong citizen of Mosgiel, I enjoy a
supportive family life, married 43 years with three adult
children and five grandchildren.
I am retired after a 42-year career in engineering,
manufacturing and management with Fisher and Paykel. In my
spare time I have an interest in family pursuits, fishing and
Voluntary community organisations I'm involved in are
Community Patrols of New Zealand (I am chairman of the
national council), the Mosgiel Coronation Hall Development
Trust, Festival of the Plain organising committee and the
Taieri Community wellbeing strategy group. I also attend
meetings of the Mosgiel Business Association and Mosgiel
I have served six years on the Mosgiel Taieri Community
Board, the past three as chairman.
Values important to me are integrity, sincerity, commitment,
responsibility, passion, empathy and respectfulness. My
mission is to be a worthy advocate acting within my powers
for the best interests of the community.
I am approachable, positive, have an even temperament and am
a team player and will use my listening, problem solving,
decision-making and organisational skills to continually seek
improvement for a safer, healthier community in a sustainable
environment that matches our growing and progressive
I see improving community facilities and services and
infrastructure commensurate with a growing community, as
issues for focus.
I want to stimulate community involvement through better
informed communication. I want to encourage sensible and
sustainable growth and support community initiatives, such as
the new aquatic centre project, transport strategy and
second-generation district plan will shape our community
board area well into the future so it is important that we as
a community ensure that our voice is heard and united in
This is a very good opportunity to introduce myself and
outline some areas that I believe we need to target as your
representatives over the next three years and beyond.
I have been living in Mosgiel and Dunedin for the past 48
years, schooled at The Taieri High School. I am married to
Susan and have three children living with us on the Taieri.
I am the owner of DCB International Ltd, employing local
people. As this area of customs shipping-freight and border
control is set in a regulatory environment, I understand the
procedures and processes that need to be implemented to
achieve the end result.
Local body politics is very similar.
You have to work the process to get the result and this is
where a lot of great effort falls down, by getting bound up
in red tape.
With the Mosgiel-Taieri ward growing at one the fastest rates
in the country we need to make sure that the resources needed
are available both for our ward, and for the good of Dunedin
We are experiencing a lifestyle change with the availability
of property developments and that brings opportunity.
A swimming pool development has well and truly been signalled
as a necessity in the area, so ongoing commitment must be
made to ensure that this proceeds. As with all large projects
funding will be challenging, but with engagement with local
government and local business I believe a positive outcome
Traffic has long been an issue in Gordon Rd and this problem
will only escalate as the area grows. I believe there is a
way the ''heavies'' and the locals can use the main road, but
this will take discussion and compromise to achieve a safe
There are certainly other issues for us to consider and these
will be discussed as our term proceeds.
I would to thank you for this opportunity to be part of your
voice of this vibrant and growing area.