June 22, 2016
FORMER RUGBY LEAGUE COACH TO STAND FOR AUCKLAND FUTURE
Graham Lowe, highly respected former rugby league football coach and administrator, is to contest the Albany ward for Auckland Future in the upcoming council elections. He will join current Upper Harbour local board chair, Lisa Whyte as the second Auckland Future candidate.
Lowe coached the New Zealand Kiwis in the 1980s including New Zealand’s first win over Australia in 12 years in 1983. He went on to coach Wigan in their first championship win in 27 years during the 1986-87 British Rugby Football League competition.
According to Auckland Future chairman, Peter Tong, Graham brings a wealth of leadership experience to the team.
“We are delighted Graham has chosen to serve the city after such a distinguished career in rugby league coaching and administration. Decades of sport leadership can only benefit the working of Council at the governance level,” he said.
Graham said he was entering local body politics because the city needed strong leadership and a united team and he strongly supported Auckland Future’s aim to secure a centre right majority on Council.
“Ratepayers need to know what they are voting for and in Auckland Future they will get a team of councilors who want to cap rates, eliminate wasteful expenditure and work together collaboratively as a team. For the North Shore our first priority is to see Penlink brought forward as a matter of urgency.
“I’m a team player and I like what I see in Auckland Future. They have a great bunch of candidates and I look forward to playing my part for the team and for the city.”
Lowe was awarded the Queens Service Medal in 1986 and in 2013 was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to the Community.
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