Your Voice, Heard First
Not only is "Your Voice, Heard Frist" what I'm running on, but it's a key policy moving forward. I've heard you! I've heard that you want your voice to be affirmed and validated. Across my management and leadership career, I've managed to place the voice of both staff, stakeholders and users of services at the table where their voices have all been affirmed, validated and used to create systemic change for the better. Using both qualitative and quantitative data (stories, purakau, localised knowledge, discursive discourses) to drive powerful systemic change where you will see your voice at the table 100% of the time. I'm not a yes person, I will not just vote yes because it's the popular thing to do around the table - I will carry the voice of Whanganui to the decision-making table where your voice will make decisions.
By now, you've heard of 3 Waters. If you haven't, take a look here. The central government developed a programme that would see the three main water types, drinking water, wastewater and stormwater, remain under the ownership of individual councils but governed within 4 national entities with a 50/50 split between local government and iwi. While I am not opposed to the governance structure, I am concerned the voices of each community have yet to be heard. I'm also concerned that all iwi partners have not come to the table expressing their views. Having spent many years in education trying to form robust, reciprocal relationships with iwi, iwi only comes to the table if it assists with the actualisation and empowerment of their people. More investigation needs to occur before the government steals Whanganui's infrastructure and gives it to another government own entity.
Today, more than ever, our young people are facing more and more mental health concerns. Anxiety and depression are at an all-time high. 16% of all rangatahi between the age of 10-19 are holding the weight of the worlds traumas. No longer can we say "harden up" and expect changes to occur. Our rangatahi are the future, and it's our job to ensure that they access to quality services, education and positive places and spaces within our region.
If elected, I plan on create spaces for Rangatahi to use that will enable our young people to innovate, grow and reach the highest potenital.