Practical not Political
Howick Local Board (Botany Subdivision) candidate
Disclaimer: This information has been written by the candidate.
Candidate profile statement
My principal place of residence is not in the Howick Local Board (Botany Subdivision) area.
Thank you for electing me to the local board in 2017. I now oversee the youth portfolio and the youth council. I love our community and will continue to push to improve transport, community safety, local parks, community facilities, and protect our environment. We need practical solutions to connect our community. We should do the basics well.
I am married (25 years) with teenage sons. Since immigrating in 2004, I've lived and worked locally as CEO of a youth organisation, providing youth mentors for schools. I personally mentor youth at Botany Downs Secondary. I am a trustee on the Helping At Risk Kids Trust (hark.org.nz), Ormiston Community Vision, and on my children's school board.
The local board should be productive, accountable, and connected to the community. I work hard to represent the residents and get things done. Please vote Mike Turinsky. Practical Not Political. What have I accomplished? Visit www.miketurinsky.org
Why are you standing for this position?
I was elected in 2017 to the Howick Local Board for the Botany Subdivision. I endeavoured to bring a current and practical perspective to the board and to promote future oriented planning. I have spent the last 15 years of my career investing in our local community working with schools and community groups as CEO of a non-profit youth development trust. I am frugal and know how to get things done on a limited budget. I have developed strong networks and connections with families, schools, seniors, community groups, businesses, faith groups, Auckland Council, and ethnic groups.
I am practical not political. I believe the Howick Local Board should be more directly connected to the community it represents; to be responsive, communicative and relevant. I believe I bring that element to the Board. All Howick Local Board members should avoid using negative political games/tactics in our role and should NOT treat local government as a platform to achieve a personal agenda nor merely as a stepping stone towards higher political office. Residents want the Howick Local Board to work hard to get things done, responsibly manage rate payers money and to robustly advocate on their behalf. I decided to stand to do just that, to robustly and enthusiastically represent the community.
What do you love most about the area you are seeking to represent?
Our area has very strong local neighbourhoods: Botany Downs, Point View, Northpark, Burswood, Golflands, Dannemora, Huntington Park, Redcastle, Willowbank, Baverstock, East Tamaki Heights, Flat Bush, Mission Heights, Redoubt, and more. There is an amazing mix of cultures predominantly from different parts of Asia, Europe, Africa, India and Pacific Islands; some whom have been here for generations, others who are recent immigrants.
The Botany subdivision is the newest part and the largest part of the Local Board area. People moved to the area for the life style, location and opportunities that exist. The area has close proximity to quality schools, the Botany Town Centre, Barry Curtis Park and sports fields, the Highbrook and East Tamaki Business District. The area will benefit from the development of the Ormiston Town Centre, Aquatic Centre and Community/Library Facilities. Our community understands the need for quality roading for commuters who must utilise their vehicles, the need for quality public transport as well as alternative commuting options.
I love that people in our community are often out walking in our local parks with their loved ones, friends and their dogs. People value the local amenities that are available and wish for more. Our community is multi-generational with thriving retirement villages and many households having three generations living under one roof.
Our residents love seasonal festivals, holidays and celebrating our cultural diversity together. Residents want more events, local facilities and opportunities to develop a greater sense of home and a stronger more connected community.
What will your priorities be if you're elected?
We need to get the job done. My priorities include:
1. Improve roads, footpaths, and public transport for our community
2. Reduce waste of our rates by council and keeping the Council Controlled Organisations accountable to the rate payers.
3. Improving community safety (eg. Murphy’s Bush Reserve, Point View Drive, Tarnica Park, etc.)
4. Development of the Ormiston Aquatic Centre, Library and community facilities in conjunction with the Ormiston Town Centre
5. Empowering and increasing the capacity of local community groups (eg. Youth Development groups, Neighbourhood Support, Ormiston Family Market, senior groups, cultural groups, sports clubs, etc.).
6. Increasing family oriented community events in and around Barry Curtis Park.
7. Working with Business Associations to increase local employment in the Greater East Tamaki Business District.
8. Solutions to Illegal dumping and improving our local environment (eg. improving stream health, pest control, invasive plants and trees).
9. Ensuring our local parks are maintained and improved