Candidate Profiles

Gore District Council


Mataura Community Board

Mataura Licensing Trust

Gore and Districts Health Incorporated

  • Gore Ward
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Gore District Council



  • Hicks, Tracy (nominated by Ian Tulloch & Patricia Morris)
    • Tracy HicksA committed leader. Who I am: Currently Mayor of Gore District, married to Robyn. A loyal Eastern Southlander for 64 years. 25 years a local retailer, including “The Warehouse”. Community involvement has included rugby, Scouts, Rotary, Lions, Civil Defence, CToS, Health services, World-Vision. What I offer: Thirty plus years Local Government experience as Councillor, Chairman and Mayor. A people first attitude with a strong desire to lead an open, unified, forward looking Council. I offer availability, commitment, fairness, energy, Vision and common sense. Why I am standing: To build on the positives of the district by leading a team motivated toward affordable development and progress across our community. Particularly focused on resources enhancing water infrastructure for community/business. I offer a quiet determined approach, directed at maximising opportunities for all in the Gore District. Being your Mayor is a privilege and challenge I welcome. I seek your continued support.
  • Watt, Bevin (nominated by Lindsay Duncan, Ronald Hargest, Dougal Stringer, Graeme Humphries, Horace Copland, Ewen Miller, Graham Butcher, Ross Haslemore & Basil Lory)
    • Bevin WattMarried to Colleen - Principal of Pukerau School. Governance experience; Director of Ravensdown Fertiliser (12 years) The NZ Institute of Primary Industry Management (7 years) Managing Director of Southern Oil Ltd. Served one term on the Gore District Council from 2011 to 2013. Qualification; Dip. Ag. (Lincoln) Studied Governance and Leadership (Monash University Victoria) Certificate in Company Direction (2001) and in 2014 was granted Chartered Status from the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Statement of intent; I believe that my experience and knowledge combined with my energetic enthusiasm and passion for Gore and District equips me well for the role of Mayor. I see the role as ‘chair of the board’ and as-such I can bring leadership for change. Draw focus to cost efficiencies, reduced rate increases, and debt. All of this will require more meaningful and focussed council debate coupled with greater transparency.

Gore Ward

  • Beale, Ralph (nominated by Drewe Carran & Bronwyn Reid)
    • Ralph BealeAs manager of Great Southern Timber depot in Gore I interact with urban and rural people daily and know people are struggling financially. I strongly believe that Councils role with your hard earned rating money is to provide a robust, reliable infrastructure of Water services, roading, footpaths and high standard Amenities. Over the next 3yrs the upgrade of stormwater/wastewater network in West and South Gore along with Hilbre Avenue upgrade to eliminate manganese in household water is a priority. Earthquake strengthening as required on Civic Building, no major upgrade in this economic climate. If you trust me with your vote I will lobby for rates reflecting fairness and affordable progress. I am mindful we have both young families struggling with mortgages and older people on fixed incomes. I am always available to ratepayers to discuss or help with any issues. Thank you for your support in the last terms.
  • Dickson, Glenys (nominated by Ivan van de Water & Petrina Routhan)
    • Glenys DicksonIt would be a privilege to represent and advocate for the people of the Gore Ward as a Gore District Councillor. The Gore District is where I have always resided, called home and brought up my family of three. I bring 17years of experience dealing with Central Government legislation and of the understanding how Government legislation affects local bodies and the community. If elected to represent you on the Gore District Council, I will bring an absolute commitment to advocate for transparency, honesty and prudent fiscal management at all times. I am committed to engaging with ratepayers to ensure your expectations and concerns inform council decision making, I bring a strong background in accounting, farming, and as a business owner and I am proud of my record advocating on behalf of and working for the people of Gore, Southland, and Otago.
  • Gover, Anne(nominated by Alison Gentle & Neil Harvey)
    • Anne GoverI have lived in Gore since 1971 when my husband, Keith, began teaching at Gore High School. Our three children were born in Gore and I helped start Oxford Kindergarten as well as supporting our children during their school years with their sporting and cultural interests. I taught at East Gore and West Gore Schools as Deputy Principal before moving to Tapanui School as Principal from 2000 – 2010. In the 2008 Queens Birthday Honours I was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit [MNZM] for services to education. I am involved in the Anglican Church as a Lay Minister, Vestry member, Synod Representative and am on the Diocesan Council. As a member of Gore Soroptimist Club many of our projects have benefited the local community. Having served two terms on the Council I would like your support so that I can represent you effectively for another term.
  • Grant, Doug (nominated by Ivan van de Water & Nigel Moore)
    • Doug GrantWith my wife Denise, we have owned and operated Paper Plus Gore for the last 8 years. I was born in Mataura and educated at Mataura, Longford and Gore High Schools. Presently I am an elected member for the Gore Ward on the Gore District Council, which I’ve held since 2012. I would be honoured once again to stand for the Gore Ward. Presently around the council table, we have a majority of likeminded people who work extremely hard and well together. Having stable governance is of huge importance to this community. We have a lot of infrastructure to upgrade, so spending needlessly doesn’t exist. Our community would be one of the best in NZ for facilities to population ratio, so once again I’d be proud to say I represent you in the Gore Ward. So please return a YES vote for Doug Grant, Gore Ward. Thank You.
  • Harvey, Donovan (nominated by Graham English & Simon van Lieshout)
    • Donovan HarveyI am 30 years old and was born and raised in Gore, I currently live in Pukerau with my wife Faith and son Tristan. I work as a Contracts Manager for Marshall Projects Ltd and am a volunteer fire fighter in the Pukerau Brigade. I am wanting to serve on the council as I believe in order for our community to retain young families and couples it is important that they have a voice within council for matters that affect their growth, health and prosperity. I have an interest in all major capital works projects and how funds are managed and allocated. I would consider how consultants and external resources are used in order to minimise costs to the rate payers by being progressive and innovative in procurement and contract arrangements. Please return a yes vote for Donovan Harvey – Gore Ward.
  • Highsted, Bret (nominated by Karl Metzler & Stephen Coyle)
    • Bret Highsted4th generation local, Aged 47 married to Nicky with 4 children. Have served 3 terms on Council, qualified RMA Commissioner, Chair Regulatory & Planning, Audit & Risk and District Licensing Committees. Employed as a Chief Financial Officer and Director with an extensive background in Finance & Business Management. I bring experience, common sense, sound judgement, integrity and a positive contribution. I am committed to making a difference/passionate about the opportunities for the District. We are working on a number of ‘once in a generation’ projects around essential services and these require prudent oversight. We must continue to provide value to ratepayers and look for opportunities to progress our District, especially in areas that will attract employment. I value the opportunity to serve the people of the District for a further term. I do live in the Gore District but the boundary for the Ward is 80 metres from my property.
  • Hore, Adam (nominated by Trevor Brumby & Robert McKenzie)
    • Adam Hore48 years young owner of Machinery Solutions Ltd, happily living with fiance Merryl and daughters Hannah and Becky. Merryl and I are keen motorcyclists and get away for a ride as often as possible. I have lived in the Gore district for 22 years and love this place and its people with a passion. If elected I will do my very best to ease the burden on rate payers. Some impressive projects have been undertaken in our town. They are something to be proud of, however, now is the time to stop needless spending. It is time to focus on essential services and reduce the debt burden and give back to the community. I may be just one voice, but I promise you I will be heard. I will not be deterred in my efforts to make this community a less expensive place to live.

  • Page, Graham (nominated by Warren Aitken & Neil McKinley)
    • Graham PagePauline and I have lived in Gore for some 40 years and brought up 3 children here. I have been a district councillor for the past three years and feel we have a stable and progressive team that functions well. I feel the experience gained together with the skills and knowledge I acquired as a senior partner in a chartered accountants practice enables me to further contribute. I have also been involved with service clubs, sports organisations, and school boards of trustees in Gore over many years. My main concern at present is balancing the costs relating to the upgrading of some of our infrastructure that is required with the wish to hold rates to an affordable and acceptable level. I am a strong advocate for our town and wider area and believe we have excellent facilities which we need to use to further benefit our growth and economy.
  • Reid, Bronwyn (nominated by Margaret Macgregor & Noeline McDiarmid)Bronwyn Reid
      Proudly raised in Mataura and having lived in Gore for 45 years I am committed to seeing Gore move into the future as a safe, progressive and prosperous town. With many young families and elderly residents on low incomes, I believe a commitment to seeing any cost increases kept to a minimum will be pivotal. I am 64 years old, employed at Gore High School as a Science Technician and with my late husband Peter, ran a Joinery business. We have two adult children. Having time, interest and a commitment to serving my community currently I am involved in:
      • Gore River Valley Lions (2 terms as president / 2 terms as cabinet officer)
      • Southern Sound Foundry
      • Creative Communities NZ
      If elected, I would endeavour to serve the people of the district to the best of my ability with diligence and integrity, while maintaining a focus on Gore's future development and growth.

Mataura Ward

  • Dixon, Stephen (Boko) (nominated by Judith Keno & Carol McDowell)
    • Boko DixonBorn and raised in Mataura, I've been a rate payer since I was 18, played rugby for Mataura and coached for 8 years, Played for Eastern and the Southland Maori team. I have managed eastern/Southland school boy age group rugby teams. I have been chairman of the Mataura community board and a councillor for the GDC. I am a rural fire officer and crew leader in the rural Southern fire sector. I've been involved with rugby, Lawnmower racing, golf and Mataura rodeo clubs and been an active part of Gore and Districts SPCA and SPCA OP Shop. Ex Mataura RSA vice president. I represented Southland at arm wrestling and have been a member of the lower Mataura axeman's club. My Hobbies include - Fishing, Cricket, Family, and Hunting. I have a passion and commitment to ensure rate payers and residents of Mataura get a fair deal.
  • Phillips, Neville (nominated by Wayne Murray & Brendon Murray)
    • Neville PhillipsNeville Gordon Phillips aged 59 years. Married to Jillian. Two adult children residing in Australia, 1 grandchild. Occupation - Plant operator for Bruce McDonough Contracting, Mataura. Outside Interests - Involvement in Volunteer Fire Service for 43 years, currently Deputy Fire Chief Mataura. - Ice Sport Southlands curling competition. I have decided to stand for our local body election as I feel that my previous experience and success on the Mataura Community Board, employment of 24 years with the GDC, my knowledge of Water and Waste water infrastructure within the district, and a variety of Life and communication skills all combined add up to being a good candidate to represent rate payers in the Mataura Ward. My concern over the last few years is that the people of this ward have not been heard, and if elected it is my endeavour that this will change for the good of the community.

Kaiwera-Waimumu Ward

  • Sharp, Graham (nominated by Garth Shanks & Graeme Humphries)
    • Graham SharpHi Everybody. I am prepared to stand for a 4th term as your councillor, if I win this election, so I am respectfully asking you for your vote. Helping people with issues is both rewarding and frustrating, I enjoy that challenge. Some points to consider. About 1 year ago I was asked to find another source of drinking water for Gore - I did, result - nothing. The Uniform Annual General Charge being lowered is simply another tax for farmers to pay. It is unfair. Dog registration going up from $17 to $25 was far too much. I do not support spending $3.2 million on a civic administration upgrade. Debt management - professionals call it flat-lining up about $250,000 for the last 5 years. We are overspending, it can't continue. I really enjoy talking to ratepayers. Our asset management is good.

Waikaka Ward

  • Gardyne, John (nominated by Dougal Stringer & Stuart Davie)
    • John GardyneAfter being a regular submitter to the Council for many years on Annual and Long Term planning issues I am committing to the challenge of representing people in the Waikaka Ward. I believe that for the good of our district in the future Council needs to; Reduce its projected level of debt, and adhere to a programme of debt repayment so that interest costs are reduced. Give better accountability to ratepayers on expenditure Give greater focus to the agricultural industry that our district is based on, and optimise the opportunities that this industry brings to both our urban and rural people. Maintain core assets and services in a sustainable and equitable manner. Look at doing things differently to be more efficient and cost effective. I farm with family at North Chatton and have a wide involvement with various farming related organisations and the local church.

District Wide Ward

  • Bolger, Cliff (nominated by Allan Ferguson & Peter Kubala)
    • Cliff Bolger61 years old and farming near Mataura. I am Deputy Mayor and chairman of Finance & Policy Committee. Previous chairman of Regulatory & Planning. I am council representative at Venture Southland board & representative to Wastenet joint committee. I have worked as a Resource Management Act hearing commissioner. If elected I will support a conservative approach to debt & financial management, ensuring services are provided and maintained at best possible cost, and see the whole district progress in a measured and affordable manner. The immediate priorities are water supply for Gore and Mataura and waste & storm water disposal for Gore. I will ensure that roading receives sufficient funding to maintain the level of service and improve the capacity and quality of the network over time.
  • Davis, Nicky (nominated by Nigel Moore & Evelyn Sadlier)
    • Nicky DavisRaised in Gore, age: 50. Married to John, with two children, both who currently serve in the Royal NZ Navy. We own Southern Office Products Depot, Gore. Having spent all my life here, I am very passionate about our District. I have served on Council for 15 years, and as a Chairperson for 12 years. Water, wastewater and infrastructure will be topical in the next few years, as we focus on the challenge around these vital services. Planned works are necessary to provide for the future of our District and community, and to ensure growth is able to occur. The last 3 years on Council has been a time of careful planning for the future, and I believe we have had a good cross section of skill sets with the Councillors during this time. I am keen to serve the community for another term, should I be re-elected. Thank you.
  • Grant, Peter (nominated by Reymond Rankin & Erin Howes)
    • Peter GrantIn offering myself for re-election I would like to make the following observations. While good progress has been made with three waters, Potable Storm and Waste, they are going to be items along with both urban and rural road networks that will continue to demand large amounts of capital expenditure. I along with every other mayor and Councillor in the country would love to say that rate increases are going to be in line with the CPI, but unfortunately infrastructure and construction costs rates of inflation are considerably higher than the CPI. The fact GDC does not have a Power Station, Port or Forest to create income means our only source of income is rates. The only savings to be made are on the nice to have things, which my experience on council tells me that for every person wishing to reduce these ten people want them increased.

Mataura Community Board

  • Colvin, Geoff (nominated by Neil McDiarmid & Bruce Wilson)
    • Geoff ColvinI reside in Mataura and am employed by Alliance Group as a Technical Manager. I have previously served one term on the Mataura Borough Council prior to the amalgamation into the Gore District Council in 1989. I have also served the last 3 years as a member of the Community Board. Currently there are projects planned to enhance the Mataura Community which will become the responsibility of the next board. To give continuity to these projects it is important that there are current members willing to seek re-election to the board. It is also important that the Mataura Community has representation to the Gore District Council from the board as well as their elected councillor. In seeking re- election, I will if elected, work with the other board and council members to achieve positive outcomes for the residents of our community.
  • Chaffey, Greg (nominated by Brendon Murray & Matther McLennan)
    • Greg ChaffeyKia Ora Koutou E Hoa Ma (Greetings all my friends). My name is Greg Chaffey and I have lived in Mataura for 34yrs. I am a father to 4 boys whom still live and work locally and have 3 grandchildren. I worked at the freezing works for 22yrs and shearing in the off season. I currently work at Fonterra (I5 yrs) as a (OJA) On Job Assessor in transport. I am currently studying towards my I endorsement (DPA) Drive Performance Assessor. I love my fishing & diving also a bit of hunting. I also like getting out and watching my sons play rugby for Mataura and supporting our local club. If I am successful in getting on the Community Board I will bring value and look to add progressive development to the role. Noho Ora Mai (All the Best) Greg
  • Phillips, Neville (nominated by Wayne Murray & Brendon Murray)
    • Neville PhillipsNeville Gordon Phillips aged 59 years. Married to Jillian. Two adult children residing in Australia, 1 grandchild. Occupation - Plant operator for Bruce McDonough Contracting, Mataura. Outside Interests - Involvement in Volunteer Fire Service for 43 years, currently Deputy Fire Chief Mataura. - Ice Sport Southlands curling competition. I have decided to stand for our local body election as I feel that my previous experience and success on the Mataura Community Board, employment of 24 years with the GDC, my knowledge of Water and Waste water infrastructure within the district, and a variety of Life and communication skills all combined add up to being a good candidate to represent rate payers in the Mataura Ward. My concern over the last few years is that the people of this ward have not been heard, and if elected it is my endeavour that this will change for the good of the community.
  • Sinclair, Linda (nominated by Shona Kirby & Barbara Cunningham)
    • Linda SinclairOver the last 6 years on the Community Board I have learnt so much about our community and how things work on Council. For Mataura Residents we are worth fighting for and deserve to have our say on what happens in our town. I Have been involved in some great project, some have been completed and some projects still in the pipeline to be finished. Working with a dedicated team of people whose focus is about our community is rewarding. I would like the opportunity to finish the projects that are under way and continue on the Community Board. Personally for me, is that by being on the Community Board, I am able to give something back to the place where I live and appreciate the people within it.

  • Taylor, Alan (nominated by Neil Rogan & Michael Whale)
    • Alan TaylorMy wife Jennifer and I farm close to the Mataura township, and operate other small business interests in the town. I believe there are some opportunities to bring positive change to the town and it's people, and am committed to make a difference, striving for a new future for our community. I have appreciated working together this past term with all those involved, on various projects, and in achieving set goals. There may be some things we cannot change, yet I am confident there is much we can do to make a more welcoming environment - a place where people will want to live and work, raise a family, or simply enjoy retirement.

Mataura Licensing Trust

Ward 1, Tapanui

  • McAuley, Horace (nominated by Barbara Hanna & Nathan McPherson)
    • Horace McAuleyI am once again delighted to be nominated to represent the Tapanui Ward in the upcoming Licensing Trust elections. The Tapanui area makes a significant contribution to the Trust income and I am thrilled that over the past 9 years since I first represented you, a very generous serving of the associated profits has been returned and will continue to be returned to our region. Education, culture and sport have all been significantly supported in some way, however the major winner ahs been the West Otago Health Trust with their Grant being in excess of $120K. Licensed establishments play a significant role in Rural areas and the MLT Board and Management will continue to promote and maintain ours to a very good standard. In addition to being your Ward Member, it has been an honour ot be MLT president since 2010 and NZ Licensing Trust President since 2015.

Ward 2, Gore

  • Allison, Jimmy (nominated by John Tutty & Blair Sheddan)Jimmy Allison
    • My wife Carole and I have been self-employed in our own business in Gore for 25 years. We have 3 adult daughters who all live in our area. I have lived all my life in the MLT area and I am a great supporter of all the MLT has done for our community so far and I wish this to continue on. I have been involved in the following community organisations. 4 years President Gore Racing Club, 20 years Committee Gore Racing Club, 4 years Gallop South Board, Gore Community Patrol. If elected I will try to continue the great work of the MLT in our community for the future benefit of all citizens. A vote for me will be a vote for the future services the MLT provides to our community.

  • Bannerman, Yvonne (nominated by Karl Metzler & Peter Carins)
    • Yvonne BannermanI am a strong advocate of our region and my home town of Gore, and I seek your support to obtain a seat on the Mataura Licensing Trust Board. I have lived in Gore for 38 years raising our family with my husband John. In that time I have been heavily involved in many aspects of Community life as a Volunteer, from Early Childhood to Active in Age. I believe it is not where you live, it is how you live and consider we are very fortunate to have such wonderful facilities with the assistance provided on many occasions by the Mataura Licensing Trust. I enjoy a challenge and diversity that this role would bring, and if successful I assure you I am approachable, practical and would ensure that all requests for funding will be allocated strategically, efficiently and equitably.
  • Bowden, Scott (nominated by Trudy McChlery & Paul McPhail)
    • Scott BowdenMy family and I moved to Gore 10 years ago and we absolutely love what our awesome town has to offer. One of these is the wonderful contributions the Mataura Licensing Trust has provided to our community over the past six decades. I worked in the Banking Sector for 28 years, seven of those managing SBS Bank here in Gore. I am now the Southland Regional Manager for the Graeme Dingle Foundation - a Child and Youth Charity, that delivers values and life-skills programmes throughout Southland including the awesome Kiwi Can in five local Primary Schools. I am a past President of the Eastern Southland Chamber of commerce, a current BOT member at Gore High School and have been involved in a variety of local clubs and organisations. I am passionate about our wonderful town and am very keen to help the Trust continue their great work in our local community.
  • Burgess, Bryan Bunny (nominated by Mark Robinson & Colin Sharp)
    • Bunny BurgessI'm passionate about Gore and believe that I have the attributes and integrity to be an asset on the MLT board. I am a 56 year old business owner, married with two children. Born and bred in Gore and have immersed myself in numerous associations over the years. I have a strong affiliation with many sporting clubs and codes, which make me a team player who is prepared to put in the hard graft to get results for community projects and fundraising initiatives. Having spent a great deal of time playing sport, and being a professional fishing guide on our local rivers I value, I am a strong advocate for the wonderful resources and facilities we have on our back door. If I am successful in my endeavours of being re-elected to the MLT, you can be assured I will be forever diligent and focused on supporting our community.
  • Byrne, Alan (nominated by Drewe Carran & Donald McDougal)
    • Alan ByrneI have served on the Mataura Licensing Trust for the past 19 years and have been grateful for your support. I offer my years of experience for re-election. I have lived in the Gore area for over 40 years so I feel I know and understand our community's wants and needs. I am married to Janice have 2 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I am employed in the local Motor Trade, Co-host of the Regional Ford Wednesday night Country show on Hokonui Radio a member of the RSA, T&C, Golf club and of our local Community Patrol. I have proved I have the integrity, honesty and above all the experience required to serve you on YOUR TRUST. I would like this opportunity to serve our community once again and help to make it a better place for us all. Please exercise your right and VOTE.
  • Pitcher, Brian (nominated by Grant Coupland & Paul McPhail)
    • Brian Pitcher

      Since 2000 myself and my wife, Kim, call Gore home. We find it a welcoming and progressive community. I have enjoyed getting to know the people through school and sports networks. Having not been from a district with a Licensing Trust culture I have become aware that the Trust is an asset which benefits the community. For the last 31 years I have been in the Insurance Industry. This has allowed me to meet a cross section of the community in Eastern Southland and beyond. I am currently Branch Manager of an Insurance Brokerage in Gore. I have been involved in several committees over the years in which I have been President and further enhanced my Management and Financial skills. If I am a successful nominee I would like to promote the Trusts benefits and encourage the Trust to continue to be transparent to the shareholders who owns it.

  • Soper, Graeme (nominated by Gary Johnstone & Cecil Kingsford)
    • Graeme Soper

      July 06 - Dec 12 - Gore District Memorial RSA. - Gen Manager.
      Jan 02 - Feb 06 - Dunedin Metropolitan Club. - Secretary / Manager.
      Jan 99-Jan 02 - Owned and operated Bin Inn Franchise-Alexandra.
      Jan 98 - Jan 99 - Alexandra District Club, - Secretary/Manager.
      Jan 93 - Jan 98 - Owned and operated Racecourse Dairy, Christchurch.
      Nov 90 - Dec 92 - Robbie Burns Bottlestore, Christchurch. Area Manager.
      July 85 - Nov 90 - Owned and operated Otautau Hotel.
      July 75 - July 85 - Gore Town & Country Club - Secretary/ Manager.
      Feb 68 - July 75 - New Zealand Forest Service, District Clerk, Tuatapere.
      Jan 58 - Feb 68 - Laboratory Assistant, Southland Cement Co, Orawia.
      I served two 2 year terms (2006/2010) on the Regional Advisory Committee as an Independent Member for Zone 6.
      Currently Board member/Director of Bowls Southland.

Ward 3, Mataura

  • Murray, Brendon (Moe) (nominated by Mark Hunter & Wayne Murray)Moe Murray
    • I have lived in the Mataura district all my life. I am 37 years old and married with three children. I am an owner of a small Engineering firm in Gore. I am an active life member of the Mataura Fire Brigade and have done 20 years in service. I am active supporter of my community in many ways to future proof for the next generation. I have been an elected member since 2010 and with your support in re-electing myself to the board of the Mataura Licensing Trust we as a community can continue to build on the great things the trust has done over the last 60 years.

Ward 4, Rural

  • Aynsley, Vince (nominated by Andrew Tripp & James Copland)
    • Vince AynsleyMy Name is Vincent Aynsley. I am married to Bella Aynsley and we have four children, Ben, Sophie, Anna and Sara. I come from a family of seven siblings. We own a sheep and beef farm at Waimumu. I have been farming the property for twenty years. This year we won the Beef and Lamb and the PGG Wrightson people in agriculture awards at the Balance Farm Environment awards for Southland. I am also involved in Hockey in Eastern Southland and run our junior hockey which has seen 100% growth under my involvement, and I was the chairman of the committee that built the hockey turf at the Gore Multi Sports complex. I believe all the above helps give me a good all round knowledge which will help me to be a valuable member of the MLT board to continue the support that they give to the local community.
  • Dickie, Darren (nominated by Derek Ayson & Craig Abernethy)Darren Dickie
    • I am 51 years old, married to Paula and we have two adult children, Jade 24 and Tessa 22. I was born in Gore and have spent my whole life In the Gore district. I am currently farming just out of Gore in the Croydon area and also have an agricultural contracting business, Hokonui Contracting Ltd. I am interested in standing for the MLT rural seat as I think the MLT is great for the community and would like to become involved. With my 26 years business experience I feel I have a lot to contribute in the future.

  • Grant, Bronnie (nominated by Gerard Clearwater & John Chittock)
    • Bronnie GrantThe Mataura Licensing Trust has a hugely positive impact on many aspects of the community. I feel very privileged to be a resident within the MLT area and able to access the wonderful facilities and organisations assisted through MLT funding. I bring to the table; honesty, integrity, experience in working as a team, long term and strategic planning and a passion for growing and enhancing our community. Having been fully committed to a large and successful community project for the last two years I believe I have further developed a wide range of skills that would be put to good use as a member of the MLT Board and demonstrated my willingness to make our community a priority. I am keen to see Gore and the surrounding districts reap further benefits through a successful, progressive Board which values diversity in its representation across the community.
  • Jones, Susan (nominated by Ewen Whitefield & Melissa King)
    • Susan JonesAs a long-standing, loyal Eastern Southland resident, I offer the following attributes for your vote: A professional, credible and common sense approach to all issues. A strong desire for the Trust to provide sustained excellence in customer service. An aim for better transparency, governance and improved communication to the community. A focus on young people; offering as many opportunities as possible to enhance their future prospects. I have a keen interest in sport, education, health and the arts as well as supporting our volunteers who work tirelessly for the benefit of many. An aspiration to explore a modern approach to future representation. The Trust benefits our community which I believe needs to be better and more regularly informed of its vision and intentions. Whilst legally obligated to distribute funds to the community, the Trust must be vigilant with its expenditure and be more inclusive with the community.
  • Mackay, Barbara (nominated by Ryan Moseby & Robin McGowan)
    • Barbara McKayWith a strong Board and Management team, the Mataura Licensing Trust has continued to serve the Community with up-dated modern facilities and healthy profits that have been returned to the wider Trust area; be it for the Sporting, Arts, Culture, Heritage, Welfare or Education areas of our community. With both Government and Local Bodies continuing to propose making changes to Gaming and Sale of Liquor Acts (including the proposal to alter the way profits are distributed in the community) the M.L.T has to be prepared for the fight against proposed changes. I want to be part of this. I am very proud to be part of the team and have no hesitation in accepting nomination to be the candidate for Ward 4 of the Community owned Mataura Licensing Trust.
  • Young, Robyn (nominated by Robert Young & Dana Turnbull)
    • Robyn YoungI have lived around 40 years at our Pukerau farm with my husband, Graeme. We have two adult sons and three grandhcildren. Over this time I have been involved with the community by serving terms on committees such as playgroups, primary and high schoool, and our various interest groups. Through my 20 plus years employment at St Peter's College, latterly in the careers department, and my volunteer roles or interest positions, I am able to appreciate our community is well served with facilities and a range of hospitality outlets. The MLT has been a great contributor to this. Because of these involvements, I have applied for funding, and benefitted from assistance by the Trust, and I would enjoy being on the other side of the table to support hard working community groups to secure funding for projects, and also help enable a diverse range of people pursue their interests.

Ward 5, Edendale

  • Cunningham, Jeannine (nominated by David McKenzie & Bruce Sinclair)
    • Jeannine CunninghamJeannine Cunningham an existing board member of the Mataura Licensing Trust seeking re-election to once again represent Ward 5. I live in the Edendale township with my husband Mike and son Brody, amongst the grass roots of our community. The MLT is a valuable community owned asset which provides much needed funding and support in many areas throughout our wards. There are new challenges ahead and experienced board members are better equipped to deal with these. My skills come from a variety of board experience and have enabled me to offer consistency in all decision making while continually thinking strategically and evaluating the outcomes. I will continue to ask the hard questions because someone has to. It’s about community… If elected I will promote transparency and listen and respect our communities views to ensure a strong future for the MLT and its’ continuing support across our communities.

Ward 6, Wyndham

  • McAllister, Jim (nominated by Patricia Young & Ian Hunter)
    • Jim McAllisterI am the current member for Ward 6 of the Mataura Licensing Trust and wish to seek your vote for Re-election. I have resided in Wyndham for the last 42 years and have always played an active part in the community. I have a great local knowledge of the area’s needs and requirements, which can be supported by the MLT. If re-elected I will continue to represent our local community with integrity. The Trust has been a strong supporter of local organisations for over 60 years. I am a strong believer in the benefits that the MLT brings to your district, so would stress on every voter to exercise their right to vote and show an interest in your trust. I am a widower with 3 adult children and 7 grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with family and supporting them in their varied pursuits. Thank you for your support.

Ward 7, Tokanui

  • Lyders, Todd (nominated by Philip Golden & Marilyn Strang)Todd Lyders
    • I am a 52 year old farmer, married to Serena. Between us we have 5 adult children. I am seeking re-election to your trust for my third term. I am a very strong believer in the Licencing Trust Concept, and hope to continue my time on the board. If re-elected I will continue to represent the Southern Southland area in particular, and MLT as a whole to the best of my ability. Thank you for your support.

Gore and Districts Health Incorporated

Gore Ward

  • Aitken, Warren (nominated by Nicole Woods & Peter de Groot)
    • No statement provided.
  • Goodger, Peter (nominated by Karen Goodger & Warren Aitken)
    • No statement provided.
  • Moore, Alison (nominated by Neil Harvey & Glenys Dickson)Alison Moore
    • The importance of good local health facilities delivering the best possible care cannot be taken for granted. To this end I ask for your vote in the upcoming elections for a term with Gore and Districts Health Incorporated Society. I believe it is important to retain and grow what we have and that it is our duty to step up and get involved in our community and ensure that the assets we have are well maintained and continue to be developed to meet the changing health needs our rural community faces.

Southland Ward

West Otago Ward

Environment Southland

  • Jones, Peter (nominated by Murray Cooper & Ian McKenzie)
  • McPhail, Jeremy (nominated by Andrew Morrison & Karl Metzler)
  • Stevens, David (nominated by Gary Collins & Brian Dillon)
  • Timms, Ali (nominated by Jeff Grant & Julian Morris)

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