Krum aims to connect with 'real people'

16:00, Oct 15 2013
Denise Krum
NEW BLOOD: Denise Krum is ready to take her seat at the council table for Maungakiekie-Tamaki.

Denise Krum says it is time for a change.

The 42-year-old Ellerslie businesswoman has ousted long-standing councillor Richard Northey for the Maungakiekie-Tamaki ward seat at the council table.

The final result will be officially declared tomorrow but Ms Krum has a majority of at least 874 votes.

She says her election still feels surreal but she is excited about the challenge.

"This is my community, this is where I come from. For me, local government means a connection with real people and real issues. I am a people person."

She will be pushing Unitary Plan engagement, berm mowing and tightening up council spending.

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"The berm issue has got to be dealt with. We're heading into summer and as the temperature rises so will the grass and frustration levels.

"I want to find where the wastage of ratepayers' money is and put it back where it belongs in core services. Berms are a visible sign that your council is working for you."

There were not many changes to the local boards in Maungakiekie-Tamaki, Orakei and Waitemata.

Obed Unasa is the only new face for the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board, joining fellow Labour candidates Josephine Bartley, Chris Makoare and Alan Verrall who take the seats in the Tamaki subdivision. The three Maungakiekie representatives were uncontested. The entire Orakei Local Board was re-elected with chairwoman Desley Simpson leading by more than 400 votes.

Two of the seven positions on the Waitemata Local Board have been filled by newcomers Vernon Tava and Deborah Yates.

Results will be updated with official election results, including special votes between October 17 and 23. Go to vote.co.nz to see the full results.

East And Bays Courier