Auckland Future, the organisation recently formed to secure a majority centre-right ticket for Auckland Council elections next year has selected its first two candidates.
Denise Krum, the hard working and dedicated elected sitting councillor for the Maungakiekie-Tamaki ward, will be contesting the ward under the new Auckland Future banner.
Prior to entering local body politics Denise made significant contributions to the community through a range of organisations and was recognized for her work when she won the New Zealanders of the Year local hero award (Auckland region).
Denise has continued to be a strong local voice as a sitting councillor including successfully advocating for Onehunga as one of the key housing transformation areas for Auckland.
Lisa Whyte, former North Shore councillor, who is currently chairperson of the Upper Harbour local board and also serves on the Hibiscus & Bays local board, will contest the Albany ward. Lisa is committed to and will fight for delivery of Penlink as a crucial project for Hibiscus Coast.
Both candidates have agreed with the Auckland Future board that Penlink and the Onehunga Transformation project are two priority policies. Well researched and fiscally responsible policies will be launched throughout the campaign.
Prior to being elected Lisa, an accountant by training, has held roles in business and in the community. She is committed to delivering value for money for her residents.
Both candidates bring a wealth of local government, community and business experience to the Auckland Future ticket.
Newly elected Auckland Future board chair, Peter Tong, said the organisation is building strong campaign teams to support the candidates in preparation for the contest in the New Year.
“We expect to deliver a united group of candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds across Auckland,” he said. “Together they will be committed to a common platform based on fiscal responsibility and a real vision for Auckland.”
Denise Krum – age 45, two children
- Politics and history degree Victoria University
- Masters degree in public policy and theology in United States
- New Zealander of the Year local hero award (Auckland region)
- Patron Onehunga Historical and Fencible Society
- Patron for Maungarei Cadet Unit
- Board member Sir Peter Blake Marine Education Centre
- Previous board position include Parenting Place, chairman of Ellerslie School and chairman of National Young Leaders Foundation
Current Auckland Council responsibilities:
- Deputy Chair Tenders and Procurement committee
- Deputy Chair of Regulatory and Bylaws committee
- Member Economic Development Committee
- Member Unitary Plan committee
- Treaty Settlements working party
- Commercial sponsorship/Partnership working party
Lisa Whyte – 46 years, married three children
- Bachelor Social Science – British Open University
- Diploma in Corporate Treasury
- Management accountant – Shell Oil group 10 years in UK and Netherlands
- Accredited RMA commissioner
- Ministerial appointee to Northern Community Response Forum
- Previous – Board Northern Kindergarten Association
Current local board responsibilities
- Chair Upper Harbour local board
- Member Hibiscus & Bays local board
- Former North Shore city councilor representing Northern ward of Albany and East Coast Bays
- Former deputy chair, Albany Community Board.