Otaki community board member Shelly Warwick will be standing for the district council’s Otaki ward seat at the local elections.
Warwick “born and bred” in Otaki has been back in the town for 12 years.
Also running for Health Board
Ms Warwick, who worked as a registered nurse, says she will also be running for the Mid-Central health Board.
“We suffer from cross-boundary conflict with respect to our core services being in different jurisdictions, we are part of Kapiti council, but our police and health providers are to the north, creating difficulty with transport and connectivity.”
Warwick has chaired the Waitohu home and school committee for 12 years and had also chaired soccer and athletic club committees.
Expect fireworks too
She says being part of the Waitohu school fireworks- one of the biggest family events in Otaki, has given her an appreciation of the value of the event to the community.
“Otaki needs strong representation around the council table, someone who cares that we get our fair share of services and funding, I will be putting my hand up this year to keep a focus on Otaki and its needs because I want to represent my community and focus on the future”.
Shelly says she led the group which successfully pushed for a pedestrian underpass under the old State Highway One rail bridge. She also advocated for NZTA to establish a safe East-west connection on the new rail bridge, being built as part of the Pekapeka-Otaki expressway project.
Horses won’t miss out either
Warwick, a keen horse-woman, also chairs the Kapiti Equestrian Advocacy Group advocating for safe trails and good connections for Kapiti equestrians.
She notes she has attended most KCDC meetings, is a member of KCDC’s Road safety advisory committee and the council’s Cycleway, Walkway and Bridleway (CWB) advisory committee.
Otaki’s current ward councillor James Cootes has not yet confirmed if he will stand for a second term.