Vying for place on energy trust

Voting documents for the triennial election for WEL Energy Trust will be delivered from Monday to about 129,000 electors in the trust's district.

Eleven candidates are running for the seven positions on the trust. With the exception of David Kneebone, all current trustees are standing again.

Current trust chairman Mark Ingle says the Power ON team have been community stewards for the last three years.

"My commitment is to strive to do even more, while protecting what we already have," Ingle said.

Current trustee Mark Bunting, one of seven in the Power ON - Discounts and Grants team, has promised to keep WEL in the hands of the community. "[This trust has] run your trust prudently and I would love to carry on that work," he said.

Also on his team is Brad Chibnall, who says he's looked for opportunities to invest in the community for long term benefit, including donations to the Westpac Rescue helicopter and the Waikato River cycleway. He is currently chairman of the finance sub-committee.

Newcomer Robert Curtis from Cambridge is standing as an independent. Curtis said he'll stand because he's committed to distribution of rebates and grants to both rural and urban customers.

Rob Hamill, is current chair of the energy efficiency committee and says community loans is an area his team has delivered on.

Deputy chair Denise Harding said the trust has maintained 100 per cent community ownership and improved the community grants programme, helped find new ways to invest in local initiatives.

Long time city councillor Roger Hennebry is standing for bigger rebates and grants - pledging 90 per cent back to consumers and 10 per cent to the community.

Lawyer John Heritage said he feels his experience making grant applications for clients makes him an ideal trustee.

Fellow lawyer and newcomer Charlotte Isaac said her experience volunteering in social services, performing arts and business sectors gives her the skills to be a trustee.

Ree Varcoe helped create Hamilton Business Association and said her volunteering spirit will make her an appropriate trustee.

Kathryn Williams is current communications sub-committee chairwoman and has pledged to protect WEL Energy's community ownership and the community grants scheme.

On June 11 at 4.30pm in the Celebrating Age Centre, Victoria Street, Hamilton, people are invited to meet and question the candidates.


Waikato Times