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Candidates

Reynold Macpherson – Mayoral Candidate

I retired from the Parachute Regiment after peace-keeping service in Cyprus.

After five years as professor at Auckland University I led Waiariki’s turn round. Started up a private university in Abu Dhabi before ministerial commissions, international consultancies and post-conflict reconstruction in Timor Leste.

Established the Pro-Democracy and Resident and Ratepayers’ associations to suggest improvements to Council’s governance, efficiency and effectiveness, mindful of climate change. We were ignored.

Our vision? Make Rotorua a better place for everyone.

If elected, I will help residents, ratepayers and working families prosper, listen to everyone, encourage advice from Te Arawa, Rural and Lakes policy advisory boards and expert officials, but hold rates rises closer to inflation, improve basic infrastructure and contain debt and waste.

Reynold Macpherson – ph. 07 346 8553 – mob. 021 725 708 . email: reynold@reynoldmacpherson.ac.nz

Raj Kumar – Candidate for Councillor

I have operated the Springfield Superette and Lotto Shop for over 20 years plus Nandos Restaurant. In 2016 I was humbled to be elected as Councillor. I’ve enjoyed shaping the District by listening to the residents and the ratepayers. Operating seven days a week, I have been able to hear people out. The direct feedback has been refreshing. In 2016 I campaigned for more inner-city accommodation and City retailers. In 2019 we are also facing a housing shortage, homelessness and begging with threats. The retailers are also crying foul of the Green Corridor. The parking debacle needs to be user friendly. If re-elected Councillor I know there is not one silver bullet that will solve all these critical issues in our rohe. I do know that, instead of a blame game, the chosen ones will need to work together to make our culturally diverse Rotorua a better place for everyone.

Ray Kumar – mob. 027 280 5647 – email: raj_springfield@live.com

Peter Bentley – Candidate for Councillor

The My past six years on Council, under this current leadership, were have been the most frustrating years of my life.

I was bought up to be frugal, prudent and to be well informed on my subject. This The present council abandonsed those principalsles and spends recklessly on “stuff” priorities that are is not it’s core business.

I want to be part of a team that knows what good governance is. I want our district and city to look loved, clean and tidy. I want us all to be proud that we are from Rotorua. Rates are paid from our hard work. We deserve city pride in return.

I was a part of the city upgrade 25 years ago. I know what infrastructure is under the ground. Advice ignored meant thousands of dollars of high-tech CCTV cabling etc. was destroyed when the City Focus was demolished.

Tell us what you want at the next election.

Peter Bentley – mob. 027 493 0435 – email: pnb@outlook.co.nz

Lachlan McKenzie

My life has revolved around farming businesses, growing up in the Maniapoto on a sheep and beef farm, the past 25 years farming in the Kaharoa area.

Governance experience includes advising District Council on economic development, advising central government on small business enterprise and on land and water sustainability, plus directorships in Federated Farmers (three years on national board) and private companies.

We need new ideas, fresh faces and sound analysis of the issues of our district.

With your support, my focus will be on improving the quality of district governance by ensuring all groups in our community are listened to and respected.

Top priority will be to improve efficiencies within Council – to minimise rates rises, reform infrastructure expenditure, reduce the dependency on debt growth.

Council needs to adopt a culture of public service so that our community prospers.

Let’s be proud of our Rotorua District. Vote for change.

Lachlan McKenzie – mob. 021 382 442 . email: lachlanm289@gmail.com

Linda Rowbotham, Candidate for Councillor

I have lived in Rotorua for 22 years, working in sales, experienced in financial and business management, also Neighbourhood Support contact in my area.

Bringing communities together, encouraging regular public meetings, so all residents and ratepayers, both rural and urban, can have their say, will be a priority.

As your representative, I will push the Council to reduce debt, by operating within budgets, through smarter, more efficient business practices.

We need to get back to basics, repair roads and footpaths, maintain/upgrade stormwater and wastewater to anticipate demand, and encourage growth in our city, with both commercial and residential development.

Council needs to minimize spending on unnecessary projects, and minimize rates rises, to assist in everyone’s financial wellbeing.

I am very passionate about our lovely city and district, and will listen to all of our residents, pushing to come up with solutions, to make Rotorua a better place for everyone.

Linda Rowbotham –
jr_lw@xtra.co.nz
0272902700

Conan O’Brien – Candidate for Councillor

Having grown up in Rotorua, I look with despair at how our city has drifted over recent years. I love Rotorua and believe my values of integrity, transparency and accountability can turn the economic and social challenges we face, into positive changes that benefit all. How?

I see Rotorua as an economic leader being the first choice of entrepreneurs, an innovation hub to our creative arts sector, a national leader of farming, finance, technology and manufacturing. All supported to foster our youth and develop strong whānau connections, so families prosper here. Where our elders feel safe at home and on the streets. Where neighborhood structures are strongly supported.

My priorities are rates control, whānau investments, crime prevention, re-building our fragmented CBD, building pensioner accommodation, rural roads sealing, road maintenance and safety improvements.

The people must be our top priority again. Thank you for your support moving Rotorua forward.

Conan O’Brien – mob. 021 162 8138 – email: c.obri1975@hotmail.com