Paraparaumu resident Gwynn Compton has launched the first electoral challege to Kāpiti Mayor,Mr K Gurunathan.
Mr Compton is standing for Mayor, and as a Districtwide Councillor, in this year’s Council election.
He says he will bring fresh leadership and a community-led approach to the Kāpiti Coast.
Mr Compton lives in Paraparaumu with his wife Renee and their two young sons, Alex and Leon.
His campaign will focus on ensuring the Coast can make the most of the growth coming with the completion of major roading projects next year, while preserving the Kāpiti lifestyle.
“Kāpiti is one of the best places in New Zealand to live and raise a family, but with the completion of projects like Transmission Gully and Peka Peka to Ōtaki around the corner, we need to act now to make the most of the opportunities ahead while preserving (our) lifestyle ” says Mr Compton.
“We can’t build a wall or pretend that growth isn’t coming, but we can make it work for our community.”
He says there’s been a lack of urgency from the current Mayor and Council around planning for this growth, and ensuring that adequate infrastructure.
Another area of concern
Another area of concern for Gwynn Compton is the local economy, which has been booming during recent major infrastructure projects, but faces an uncertain future as those draw to a close.
Gwynn Compton adds: “I know that many in the community are frustrated by a lack of visible progress on important issues like access to a proper after hours medical service in Kāpiti, the lack of any time frame for Ōtaki to get better public transport connections, and the lack of a police station that is open on weekends. While these issues aren’t necessarily directly within Kāpiti Coast District Council’s control, I firmly believe that whoever is Mayor of Kāpiti needs to be a relentless advocate to central government on behalf of our communities.”
Gwynn Compton’s career has seen him work as a supermarket assistant, then as a bank teller after graduating with a BA in History and Political Science from Victoria University, of before working in communication roles at the National Bank in Wellington, Telstra in Melbourne, the Old Mutual Group in London, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. He also advised former PM’s John Key and Bill English on social media and digital communications.