Howick Local Board (Botany Subdivision) candidate
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Candidate profile statement
My principal place of residence is not in the Howick Local Board (Botany Subdivision) area.
Lance is a highly experienced landscape architect - designing infrastructure, housing and open space throughout New Zealand. He and his wife moved to Highland Park from Ellerslie 4 years ago, together with their two boys - 8 and 11. Lance has always been active in whichever communities he has lived in as a volunteer whether on a PTA, in the community organising working bees, or collaborating to get things done. He manages a number of shopping centres in Auckland as a facilities manager. Lance will be pushing for Howick to get a share of the rates pie and use his skills to make sure ratepayers are consulted on projects that affect them. As our ward changes and grows and intensifies there are opportunities to develop open space, enhance the environment and plan for infrastructure diversity. Vote Lance, Vote Labour for Botany.
Why are you standing for this position?
I want to make a difference in the community. To provide ideas and use my connections to reflect the growing diversity in the community. With increased density in our city I believe we need to ensure our transport, parks and community facilities are fit for purpose. There must be support for those groups in the community that already volunteer a lot of their time. From doing community patrols, organising Santa parades and being their hands dirty in planting days. None of these things require a lot of money, merely some time and support for the effort others are already making.
What do you love most about the area you are seeking to represent?
I love the large open spaces like Barry Curtis Park and the potential other spaces like the Greenmount Landfill have to provide opportunities for our community to gather and interact. As a landscape architect I believe I can contribute to the planning, design, construction and implementation of playgrounds, perfomance spaces and cycle ways. We need to use local knowledge to guide what we do and do more than just talk about consulting our communities.
What will your priorities be if you're elected?
I want to work with like minds to plan and build innovative things in our communities we can be proud of. Things that we make sure are fit for purpose and well maintained. As our communities change we need to make sure they are safe, vibrant and stimulating. That opportunities are provided for all regardless of age or ethnicity. That we feel we are getting value for money on our rates and that we are coordnating across ward boundaries with adjacent suburbs.