Why KCDC Cr Chapman is Standing
For Regional Council Seat
By Helen Tristram
In the coming local body elections (October), Councillor Chapman will stand for the Greater Wellington Regional Council seat occupied for one term by Cr Nigel Wilson.
Cr Chapman says: “I believe I can bring a consistent and reasoned approach to the many difficult issues facing the district. I am ready for a new challenge.
“High on my agenda will be the perennial problem of improving rail services; in walking alongside the Kapiti Coast District council as it seeks to gain the best solution to the Sandhills Expressway; and in continuing the good work Greater Wellington has already achieved in managing our rivers.”
Leadership proven, says Cr Chapman
Cr Chapman says that. with over 18 years’ experience in local government, she has a detailed knowledge of the issues facing the Kapiti Coast.
She says this experience will be invaluable in representing Kapiti issues around the regional table.
Ann Chapman adds:” Equally important will be leadership qualities I have gained after nine years as deputy mayor — and nine years as deputy chair of MidCentral District Health Board. (MCDHB).
“My experience in taking a regional approach has already been proven on the Board of MidCentral District Health for ten years, and the steady careful work towards working collaboratively with Whanganui District Health Board.
Regional councillor’s relationship with KCDC
Councillor Chapman also raised the key question of how Kapiti Regional Councillor should work with the District Council.
“It is not in the best interest of the district for the regional councillor and the district council to be at odds,” she says.
“I will bring my experience and ability to ensure that that does not happen. We must be seen as partners to ensure good solutions for our community.”
Cr Chapman says: “Regional governance will become more important in the current climate when the discussions about amalgamation become more focused. I am able and ready to represent and protect Kapiti during those discussions.
“The next three years will be a testing time for the district as we grapple with the advent of new trains, double rail tracking to Waikanae and the Sandhills Expressway, she says.
“My job will be to improve rail services as far as Otaki and to support the Kapiti Coast Council as it fights for as good a solution to our roading needs as we can collectively get.
“I will work with and not against the wishes to the KCDC.
“I am very clear of the boundaries between the two councils and the different responsibilities between the two.”
Long Experience and NZOM
Councillor Chapman is a trained commissioner for Resource Consents, and has also done Judicial Training for District Court work.
She says this training means that issues can be objectively evaluated and a reasoned solution found.
She was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2007 for services to local government and the community.