Nelsonians have elected five new faces to the city council. The councillors will be sworn in this month.
The Leader caught up with the new representatives during their first week on the job and asked them the following questions:
1.What did you do before you were elected?
2.Will that change now you are a councillor?
3.Do you support the southern link?
4.What's your signature dish?
5.What have you got that others haven't?
6.What is the best thing about Nelson?
7.What is one thing you would change in Nelson if you could?
8.What does Nelson need?
9.What is the best way for people to get in touch with you?
- Brian McGurk, Nelson mayoral candidate and former police officer
1. Police Inspector. My last role was the District Prevention Manager based at Tasman District Headquarters in Nelson
2. I officially retired from the police at the end of August 2013 after 35 years' service.
4. Spaghetti bolognese
5. Everyone has different talents and strengths. I think my one of my strengths would be my knowledge and understanding of Nelson and many of the different communities that make up the city.
6. The climate, the stunning setting and the people
7. Getting more community involvement in decision making and people actively engaged in what happens in their neighbourhoods.
8. More people-friendly places.
9. I'm out and about but otherwise I'm just a phone call or e-mail away.
- New Nelson city councillor Luke Acland
1. I'm a lawyer.
2. I'll keep working.
3. There's no need for a third arterial route.
4. Scrambled eggs on toast.
5. My wife and two boys (at least, I hope no one else has got them).
6. Local people, local produce, and local places.
7. I'd change the causes of why only half the community voted.
8.Council to commit to long term strategies and goals.
9. By email lukeacland@ lukeacland.co.nz.
- New Nelson city councillor Tim Skinner
1. A professional photographer.
2. No. I will continue very much as a photographer.
Much of my profession is weekend work with weddings which I thoroughly enjoy, and commercial photography which is very flexible during the week.
3. I want to consider all the updated figures, local feedback and knowledge presented to the council table first.
4. Weetbix, with a sprinkling of cornflakes on top to be a bit fancy. Definitely with full cream milk.
Perfect before and after a soccer game.
5. Kirsty, Ethan, Caleb and Levi as family (and Sony the cat).
6. The people.
7. [Did not answer]
8. Senior National League Soccer Team again.
9. Email, text, or during my lunch break at Zumos.
- New Nelson city councillor Gaile Noonan
1. I retired from real estate three years ago and since then I have been doing unpaid community work - I am deputy chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters, a member of the Greypower executive and a Foodbank volunteer.
2. I am hoping not but I will need to wait until I see what the workload is at council. I want to stay connected to the community and this is the best way for me.
3. I have a lot of questions on this topic. Once I have answers to these I will make a decision that I think is best for Nelson.
4. My children usually request my chicken and bacon pie. I also cook a mean fillet steak on the barbecue.
5. I would say that every person has something different and that is the journey their life has taken - what decisions they have made, what experiences have been flung their way, both good and bad. It is what you do with the situation that defines you.
6. I think it's the people. I know a lot of Nelsonians but through the campaign I met many more and there are so many nice people here!
7.Can I have two? I want people who ride bikes on shared pathways to slow down when people are around and let you know before they are beside you; second, I would love to see more neighbourhood gatherings - get people to know their neighbours.
8. I think Nelson really needs to look at the CBD.
9. Definitely email.
- New Nelson City Council councillor Matt Lawrey
1. I’ve done a wide range of media jobs including working at the mighty Leader community newspaper.
2. I had to quit ifThe Leadernf in order to run for council. You can’t be a politician and a journalist at the same time. I am, however, still writing The Little Things cartoon, writing film reviews and occasionally working as a professional MC.
3. No. I don’t think our grandchildren will thank us for turning the Railway Reserve into a road that we don’t need. As a ratepayer I’m also not keen on paying for the maintenance of Rocks Rd and Wakefield Quay, which is what will happen if we move the highway. That is one very expensive stretch of road.
4. To be honest, I’m no Paula Saengthian-Ngam in the kitchen. If you asked my family, they’d probably tell you Pitango butter chicken curry with steamed broccoli and asparagus. I need to work on my cooking skills.
5. Interesting question. One thing I’ve got that others haven’t is a very friendly little Staffordshire bull terrier named Monty. He’s pretty cool.
6. Aside from all the obvious stuff, it’s a fantastic place for launching things. It’s a very creative, collaborative, supportive and well-connected community, which means if you have an idea, you’ve got a better chance of getting it off the ground here than most places. Take my cartoon The Little Things, for example. Not only did I find an incredibly talented local illustrator (Peter Lole) to work with, I found a newspaper editor (The Nelson Mail’s Paul McIntyre) who was prepared to run it, and then a publisher (Craig Potton Publishing’s Robbie Burton) who wanted to put it in book form.
7. I’d like to see more people – young and old – riding bikes.
8. It needs more people to take an interest in the future of the city. The impression I got campaigning is that half the population is engaged and taking an interest and the other half doesn’t give a stuff. I’d like to see more people giving a stuff.
9. Email me on email@example.com, call me on 027 406 3434 or find me on Facebook.
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