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Ajaypal SINGH

Ajaypal SINGH

Howick Local Board (Botany Subdivision) candidate

Disclaimer: This information has been written by the candidate.

Candidate profile statement

My principal place of residence is in the Howick Local Board (Botany Subdivision) area.

I am an energetic person who has developed a mature and responsible approach to any task that I undertake. Currently working as Licensed Immigration Adviser in Flat Bush. Also own a well known Indian cafe Novelty Sweets in Flat Bush. During the process of organising a community event 'Vaisakhi Mela' in March 2019, I came in contact with Howick Local Board and specially amazed with how much work Howick Local Board is undertaking for the Botany division. I strongly believe that my vision to help the local community is aligned with the local board. These events will bring more diversity to the already diverse residence of Botany division. I intend to bring more and more people under one roof for special community events so that they get to know more of each others culture and ethnic backgrounds.

Why are you standing for this position?

I myself was born 35 years ago. Migrated to New Zealand 11 years ago. Living in Botany Sub-Division since 2012. I have experience dealing with the public at large throughout my career in the business environment. Botany sub-division has a growing positive influence of migrants from all over the world. This part of the town is becoming the most popular area to live in amongst all ethnicities. According to the most recent census, the population of botany is growing at a rate of approx 10 %. Just under half of the population of Botany Sub-Division were born overseas. I believe being a migrant myself, I would be a better representative of Botany Sub-division residents. The ideas and reforms presented by myself would be more relative to the actual needs of the Botany residents. I would like for us to be known for significant accomplishments - once we identify together.

What do you love most about the area you are seeking to represent?

I admire the diversity of Botany sub-division. I deeply love how different ethnicities living next to each other, interact and meet at different events and trying to learn about each other culture. I absolutely adore how schools in the area have been diversified. I recently attended a food festival at my daughter's school and it was great to see food stalls from over 10 different cultures on the same table.

I also admire the development happening across the whole sub-division which include new housing, Ormiston town center, road extensions of Murphy's road. According to census around 80% of Botany sub-division population is either employed or self-employed. Which means the local residents are contributing significantly in the New Zealand economy.

What will your priorities be if you're elected?

Being part of a Neighbour support Group in Flat Bush, I would work towards setting up more neighbourhood support groups. These groups not only lend support to the local community but also encourage a safe neighbourhood. I will work closely with the local police to run information seminars to the local community. I will also set up a migrant support working committee. This committee will work voluntarily to support new Migrants with their settlement issues in the Botany Sub-division. I will set up a social networking group online where residents of Botany sub-division can post their suggestions, problems and views about current Howick local board initiatives.

I will aim to organise at least one local community event each year where all cultures will be invited to participate and attend at local Barry Curtis Park. I will also aim to organise a trade fair in Botany sub-division which help generate more employment and business opportunities.

Auckland will grow significantly in the next 10 years which means Botany Sub-division will also share this growth. My priorities are to make Botany a place that residents love and are proud of, a place they want to stay in or return to, and a place that others want to visit, move to or invest in.

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