Former Councillor to challenge Nigel Wilson for regional seatBy Alan Tristram
The Regional Councillor for Kapiti, Nigel Wilson, will soon be facing his first real challenger for six years.
Chris Turver, who retired from the position six years ago leaving the field clear for Wilson, has just announced he will stand for re-election as Kapiti’s representative on Greater Wellington Regional Council.
He says:” I want to help make sure Kapiti benefits from any changes to regional government.
‘Energy, determination needed’
“Kapiti would be on the outer edge of the proposed new region and energy and determination will be needed to make sure we get an effective leg up.”
Mr Turver says if elected, his key role would be to ensure a stable platform from which Kapiti can continue to thrive, to help create conditions for building economic muscle and jobs, and to build on Kapiti’s environmental and recreational advantages.
One of the essential roles for the next regional councillor would be to work closely with the KCDC and major interest groups in Kapiti to support a co-ordinated approach by Kapiti to any regional amalgamation .
‘Steady hand’ needed’
“Over the next three years there is likely to be some pushing and pulling over regional directions and priorities and it will need a steady hand to advance Kapiti’s interests.”
Mr Turver, who was Kapiti’s regional councillor for nine years and chaired three of it’s committees including transport, says a new regional governance structure could offer real benefits for the region in shaping Kapiti’s future.
“It is getting increasingly difficult for individual districts to go it alone and the scope for sensible collaboration and integration of strengths is realistic.
“While there is logic in combining the planning and economic strengths of the region, it need not be at the expense of some local decision-making for a district which is around 60 kilometres north of Wellington.”
He likes the two-tier proposal which provides for regional governance and still provides for local decision making on basic services through a proposed locally-elected board.
Mr Turver has thanked the many Kapiti residents who asked him to stand for Mayor but says over the next three years Kapiti’s future will be played out in Wellington and that is where, if elected, he believes his experience could be put to good use.
Mr Turver has also listed his credentials for the Kapiti Indeperndent:
As a former regional councillor, I played a leadership role with:
– Transmission Gully
– Improved rail services to Kapiti
– the recently-approved McKays Crossing-Peka Peka Expressway\
– bus services for Otaki and improved services in other areas
– improved flood protection
– establishment of the Otaki and Waikanae Friends of the River groups
– Kapiti marine reserve
– establishment of Whareroa Park and saving the Stables
– Chairman of the Electra Trust
– Justice of the Peace
– foundation member of Kapiti Chamber of Commerce
– Paraparaumu RSA Vice-President and Vietnam veteran
– Member of Te Horo Rural Fire Force Management Committee
– Patron of Kapiti Coastguard
– three terms as Kapiti’s elected representative on Greater Wellington Regional Council and chairman of its Passenger Transport Committee, Environment Committee, and Resource Consent Hearing Committee.
– nine years as a GWRC representative on the Regional Land Transport Committee, setting priorities for road and rail across the region.
– three years as Kapiti’s elected representative on Capital & Coast District Health Board with direct involvement in the development of the new Regional Hospital and Kapiti Health Centre
– 13 years as a member of the Kapiti Marine Reserve Committee
– extensive senior management experience with Radio New Zealand, the New Zealand Police, and the Royal New Zealand Coastguard Federation
– specialist business development roles with the Aotearoa Wave & Tidal Energy Association, Fulbright New Zealand, and NZ Post.
– foundation chairman of the Mahara Art Gallery
– former chairman of Waikanae Ratepayers Association
– former Commodore of Waikanae Boating Club and a rescue skipper
– foundation member of Waikanae Beach Watch Patrol