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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May 9, 2016
AUCKLAND FUTURE SELECTS NORTH SHORE CANDIDATES
Auckland Future, the centre right ticket contesting the upcoming local body elections for Auckland Council, has selected former Takapuna community board member Fay Freeman ONZM and current Kaipatiki local board member, Danielle Grant to contest the two seats in the North Shore ward.
Fay Freeman, highly respected sports administrator and policy advisor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in community development in the sports and arts sector to the centre right ticket. She was former council officer on both the North Shore and Manukau city councils as well as an elected representative to the former Takapuna community board.
Fay is a Life Member of Netball New Zealand, is chair of the Lake House Arts Trust and is a Resource Management Act Commissioner. She holds a BBS, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Masters of Management (Dispute Resolution).
Danielle Grant holds the portfolio responsibilities for economic development and arts/events and culture on the Kaipatiki Local Board, Auckland Council. She is responsible for liaison with the Birkenhead Town Centre Association, the Kaipatiki Community Facilities Trust, Bayview Community Centre and Local Government New Zealand.
Danielle has served as a trustee of Bayview School since 2013 and currently chairs Playmarket, New Zealand’s playwright agency and script advisory service. For six years she served as vice president Sales and Marketing Executive International (SMEI), a national not-for-profit organization representing best practice for sales and marketing professionals. Her professional background spans a decade in corporate communications and public relations.
Fay and Danielle join the six candidates already selected on the Auckland Future ticket. They are Denise Krum, Maungakiekie-Tamaki; Lisa Whyte, Albany; Christina Atoa and Ika Tameifuna, Manukau; Rob Harris, Albert-Eden and Mark Brickell, Whau. In addition, independent candidate for the Waitemata and Gulf Ward, Bill Ralston has signed up to Auckland Future’s recently launched fiscal responsibility pledge.
Auckland Future chairman, Peter Tong, said that further candidate selections are pending and that the board is in discussions with some sitting councilors regarding the fiscal responsibility pledge and is confident of securing a centre right majority of councilors in the forthcoming elections.
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April 27, 2016 AUCKLAND FUTURE
AUCKLAND FUTURE SELECTS NORTH SHORE CANDIDATE
Auckland Future has selected former Takapuna Community Board member and highly respected sports administrator and policy advisor, Fay Freeman ONZM, to contest the North Shore ward in the forthcoming local body elections.
Chairman of Auckland Future, Peter Tong said Fay brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in community development in the sports and arts sectors to the centre right ticket.
“Fay has served on both the North Shore and Manukau city councils as well as the former Takapuna Community Board. She is a Life Member of Netball New Zealand, Chair of the Lake House Arts Trust and a Resource Management Act Commissioner,” he said.
She holds a BBS, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Masters of Management (Dispute Resolution).
Fay joins the six candidates selected to contest the elections on the Auckland Future ticket.
They are Denise Krum, Maungakiekie-Tamaki; Lisa Whyte, Albany; Christina Atoa and Ika Tameifuna, Manukau; Rob Harris, Albert-Eden-Roskill and Mark Brickell, Whau. In addition independent candidate for the Waitemata and Gulf ward, Bill Ralston. has signed up to Auckland Future’s fiscal responsibility pledge launched today.
Peter Tong said that Auckland Future has further candidate selections pending, is in discussions with some city councilors regarding the fiscal responsibility pledge and is confident of securing a centre right majority of Councilors.
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FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY PLEDGE FOR AUCKLAND
Policy commitments aimed at lifting council performance in four key areas: keeping residential rates low, cutting waste, reducing staff costs and controlling debt form the basis of a fiscal policy launched jointly by centre right ticket Auckland Future, and Mayoral candidate Vic Crone, today.
Auckland Future candidates are committing to the following pledge:
1. KEEPING RATES LOW
Cap rates increases at 2% per annum on average for all residential ratepayers over the next three years, and
2. CUTTING WASTE
Cut at least $500 million of Council waste over the remainder of the 10 year budget to 2025, and
3. REDUCING STAFF COSTS
Reduce staff costs by 5-10% over the next three years and cap staff numbers at current levels, and
4. GETTING DEBT UNDER CONTROL
As fiscal conditions allow, use the Council’s annual operating surpluses to pay down debt faster than currently forecast.
Auckland Future spokesperson, Cr Denise Krum, said she is confident Auckland Future and Vic Crone will receive strong voter endorsement for the fiscal pledges.
“Ratepayers feel let down by the Council consistently treating them like a cash machine. They are crying out for certainty in decision making around the Council table,” she said. “Voters deserve to know that the candidates they vote for will apply fiscal discipline to their decision making. Core service delivery will be the focus. Voters lack confidence in the Council – it’s that simple.”
“Auckland Future is determined to deliver core services in a fiscally sustainable way” Cr Krum said.
Auckland Future recognises the strong leadership and expertise that Ms. Crone has shown in working together to develop this policy. Auckland Future is proud to endorse Vic Crone.
Auckland Future aims to secure a majority of centre right councilors, signed up to the fiscal pledges, at the forthcoming local body elections.
Seven candidates have been selected to contest the Albany, Maungakiekie-Tamaki, Manukau, Albert-Eden-Roskill and North Shore wards. Independent candidate for the Waitemata ward, Bill Ralston, has signed up to the fiscal pledge. Auckland Future expects to, over the coming months enter into discussions with like-minded Councilors who might sign up to the pledge.
According to Denise Krum, further candidate selections are pending and with the support of some of the existing councilors a fiscally sensible majority is well within reach.
For more details see the attached policy document and pledge or visit www.aucklandfuture.co.nz
NOTE: Councillor Denise Krum and Mayoral candidate Vic Crone will be available to media at 12.30pm at the Sparklab, Level 4, Seafarers building, Britomart, Auckland.
Media contact: Councillor Denise Krum - 027 687 2351
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