Whau local candidates have their say
An Auckland Councillor who lives in the Whau representing your interests
Hello, I am Tracy Mulholland, candidate for Whau Ward Councillor, seeking to represent you around the Auckland Council table for the next three years. I live in the Whau and have for many years.
The local body election is not about me, nor should it be about any candidate seeking public office. This election ought to be a contest of ideas; about listening to residents and ratepayers and responding to the needs of our community.
This election should also not be about current elected Auckland Council members claiming credit for things that have been achieved long-term by the Whau Local Board and the dedicated people who’ve advocated long term for projects to meet resident needs.
This election is about you. Your expectations. Your priorities and your right to be represented by someone who is accessible, who will represent your views and work for the residents. I do just that and will continue to.
As the Whau Local Board Chairperson for past three years my term has been about delivery and working for you. Although others seek to claim credit for all the great things achieved in this term at the Whau Local Board my approach has been to listen and take action.
I am your nominated C&R Communities and Residents candidate for Whau Ward Councillor because you deserve a constituent-councillor who will
• continue to advocate for and restore the “local” in local government
• place your needs ahead of party politics
• attend to the priorities of residents and ratepayers here in our part of Auckland.
To respond to residents, I continue to stand by the need to implement the major projects we have achieved funding for. Projects achieved such as the new multi-million dollar new library and community centre, the local board One Local Initiative -$105 million for the Whau Pool and Recreation centre, and funding to community groups: Eco Matters, Community Waitakere, The Whau River Environmental Trust, Whau Arts and multiple other locally funded community-led projects. We have supported Maori responsiveness projects, parks and local playground facilities and the first time developed local plans for Pacific and Ethnic communities.
This past term has been an answer to your call for ongoing funding for the Glenavon and Kelston Hubs, the Green Bay Community House, Blockhouse Bay and New Lynn Community Centre’s - places you use and have asked us to support.
In working for the community, as chair I’ve insisted on transparency - when there’s a matter of public interest or a Code of Conduct and a finding delivered, we make these public, so you know what is going on and can make informed choices.
It’s time to stop the old cronyism and multiple appointments to boards and other elected positions.
I get that you want councillors who serve you, not political parties with agendas that are hidden from the public eye. Take a moment to look at the facts about past spending, Council debt, lacking infrastructure, traffic congestion, beaches and waterways you cannot swim in, and a questionable public transport system. We desperately need good policies around urban regeneration and growth - your interests must be served to grow a viable Auckland.
My background in economic development and town centre regeneration has given me commercial acumen to do the job, years of work in the area has proven this.
As I knock on doors, people tell me about illegally dumped rubbish, stormwater drains full of leaves, transport issues, damage to walkways and creaking infrastructure that struggles to cope with apparently unfettered infill housing.
I take up constituent cases and requests because that is my job. As your Whau Ward Councillor on Auckland Council, your constituent needs are my number one priority.
For my policy platforms please visit my website www.tracymulholland.co.nz
Authorised by Kit Parkinson, 107 Great North Road, Auckland
C&R Communities & Residents candidates
Progress in the Whau with C&R!
Tracy Mulholland is leading a strong team of C&R candidates in the Whau. Tracy is standing for councillor and there is a full ticket of seven talented, multi-skilled Local Board candidates to represent the distinctively different communities within the Whau.
The C&R Local Board candidates are committed to listening to all residents and representing them effectively so that each community in Whau gets a fair and equitable share of the available Council funding for improvements. Each community is unique and has its own distinct needs that require tailored solutions taking into account the goals of residents.
Alston D’Silva is a local small business owner in IT and childcare. Alston understands the accountability and service that is required from Council to deliver for its communities.
Gisa Dr Moses Faleolo’s experience ranges from helping vulnerable people as a social worker, to community regeneration and providing advice on local and central government policy development.
Jitesh Ganatra has worked closely with various local Indian communities and temples, and will be a strong voice for Whau’s many communities.
Sandra Paterson understands the effect of Council's decisions on local business and the importance of such decisions to the community as a whole.
Anne Riley is currently active on the boards of a number of local organisations, bringing extensive non-profit experience to the team.
John Subritzky has led large scale regeneration that boosted Kiwi numbers and habitat. He now works closely with faith-based organisations seeking better outcomes for youth and men.
Sara Watson has been heavily involved in community governance on a voluntary basis. Long-time community advocate and local business owner.
Get to know me
Hi, I’m Warren. I am standing for the Whau Local Board as an independent because I believe the interests of our community should be put first over party politics.
I have always had a strong connection with West Auckland as both my home and where I work in my family’s business with my father and grandfather. I’m passionate about this community and that’s why I have volunteered in various roles over the past few years including as Chairman of the New Lynn Business Association.
I’m proactive, driven and committed to delivering a better future for everyone that lives in the Whau. I will be the voice protecting the things that matter, planning for our future and that of the next generation, and advocating for the changes we need to shape a safe, healthy and thriving community.
I will support and advocate for the development of a Park & Ride in the Whau, improvements to our waterways and natural environment, upgrades to footpaths and cycleways, funding for local community events, good public transport and safety, and continue to be committed to strong employment and economic growth for the future.
I look forward to getting to know you when I’m out and about during the campaign, and I would appreciate your vote towards a fresh and passionate voice that will deliver a positive future for all of us here in the Whau.
In the coming weeks, I'll discuss the issues that people in the community have raised with me. If you have any questions or would like to know more, visit my website warrenpiper.co.nz, reach out on Facebook - PiperforWhau, email Piperforwhau@gmail.com or ask me when you see me out and about.
Warren Piper, Putting Whau First
I am currently Councillor for the Whau ward and Chairperson Finance & Performance Committee, Auckland Council. A long serving New Lynn Councillor and Chairperson Finance Committee, Waitakere Council and Portage Trust President. Foundation President Bay Olympic Football. Past Chairperson Titirangi Primary School board. New Lynn family business almost 30 years. Titirangi resident over 50 years - live 200 metres outside Whau ward. Married to Lynn Pearl, father of Pearl clan.
I spent my 20s educating myself, labouring and travelling. I have degrees in economics, accounting and history. Fortunate to backpack around the world - North and South America, Asia , Africa and Europe - for three years. I worked in industrial relations in my 30s and then bought a New Lynn business.
As chair of Finance committee proud of helping deliver modest 2.5% rate rises and $26 billion/10 year capital investment programme focused on transport and water infrastructure. Important we retain ownership of Watercare, Ports of Auckland and our Auckland airport shareholding. Working alongside Government for affordable, sustainable housing choices remains a top priority.
Ring-fenced Water Quality and Natural Environment targeted rates are farsighted environmental initiatives. The challenges climate change present need to be met now and with urgency. Enhancing our green spaces and preservation of our trees and heritage buildings is very important for me – New Lynn’s St Andrews hall must be saved. Proud of progress of Te Whau Coastal Walkway and Waterview to New Lynn walkway/cycleway, completion by 2020.
Council has committed: $37 million for the Avondale Community Centre/Library; $23 million for the Crown Lynn development; and $104 million for the Whau Pool/Recreation Centre. The Whau is now getting its fair share!
I am an experienced and able community advocate with a proven record of achievement in local and greater Auckland community affairs.
“I seek your continued support”.
Labour Team’s Achievements (2013 - 2019)
• $37 million for Avondale Community Centre/Library.
• $104 million for Whau Swimming Pool/Recreation Centre.
• $23 million to finish Crown Lynn Precinct.
• 3 km of the Te Whau Coastal Walkway completed; Waterview to New Lynn walkway/cycleway completed 2020.
• Waitakere Ki Tua, Whau Pacific People’s and Whau Ethnic People’s plans launched.
• Rates should be set as close as possible to inflation with alternative sources of revenue negotiated with Central Government. Councillor Clow in his role chairing the Finance committee is proud of the modest 2.5% rate rises over the last 3 years.
• The public must continue to own our strategic business assets: Watercare, Ports of Auckland and Auckland Airport shareholding.
• All CCOs need to be under greater democratic control and community accountability.
• We will continue to demand our share of the Government’s better choices in affordable and sustainable housing Especially important are affordable apartments for young and old in New Lynn and Avondale.
• All have a right to feel safe in their own neighbourhood. We strongly support liquor bans in public places, local community policing, Pacific/Maori wardens, CCTV coverage in our town centres and responsible liquor management in our community.
• Blockhouse Bay, Green Bay and New Windsor centres are due revitalization.
Parks and Libraries
• Avondale needs more public green space – 15 hectares of Avondale Racing club must be retained.
• We strongly support our libraries as crucial community hubs and centres of learning.
• We applaud the adoption of the Water Quality and Natural Environment targeted rates.
• Climate Change is the most significant environmental challenge of our time.
Culture and Diversity
• Whether it be Waitangi Day/Matariki, Chinese New Year, Diwali/Holi festivals, Pasifika festival, St Patrick’s day or our famous Avondale Market - we embrace the rich cultural diversity in our Whau community.