Iain MacLean for Porirua Northern Ward
I’m standing for Porirua City Council because I believe we need representatives from the north of Porirua who are focused on the expansion of our city in several major housing developments over the next 20 years. These are going to have significant impacts on the environment and the surrounding communities. They are going to cost the city money and will put pressure on all our other services and the environment.
I don’t want to stop these developments, but I want to ensure they are done well and don’t damage the environment. They ought to be great places to live and add to our existing communities, rather than take away from them.
I’ve lived in Pukerua Bay since 1988 with my wife, Kate. We raised our three children here. I’ve been actively involved in our community for many years, from the Scout group treasurer and coach and administrator of the Pukerua Bay Soccer Club, to part of the group establishing a permaculture food forest. I’ve been a committee member of the Pukerua Bay Residents Association for 11 years, including the past nine years as chair.
I’ve had a range of jobs in a 40-year career, including landscape gardener, radio announcer, farm worker, journalist, and communications and marketing advisor and consultant. I’ve worked for central and local government, ‘industry good’ organisations, or been self-employed. I’m currently working as a freelance writer and editor.
I’m standing on three issues:
- Living differently in a modern cityCloser community, more efficient transport, better recreation
- Campaign speechWe had our second-to-last ‘meet the candidates’ community meeting tonight in Paremata. Here’s my campaign stump speech.
- Pauatahanui Inlet Guardians’ surveyThe Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet asked candidates about their priorities for the inlet. This is what I told them I …
- Common Climate Network surveyThe Climate Change Network asked me what I think Porirua City Council should do about climate change.
- Government’s urban development intentions laudable, but funding is still a problemThere’s a lot to like about the government’s National Policy Statement on Urban Development, released yesterday.