Monday, 10 October 2016:
Brand new political ticket Rodney First has secured a majority on the Rodney Local Board. At the weekend, five members were elected to the nine-person local board for the next three years.
In the Warkworth subdivision, legendary marathon champion Allison Roe and existing board member Beth Houlbrooke took two of the three seats. While in the Kumeu subdivision, existing local board member Phelan Pirrie, former Auckland councillor Cameron Brewer, and Helensville advocate Brent Bailey won all three seats.
“Collectively the five of us got about 20,000 votes and so we’ve secured a great mandate. We’ve got a really dynamic team with a lot of political, business and community experience so I’m excited about what we can achieve for Rodney ratepayers. We’re set to hit the ground running when it comes to working on the issues and projects we promised to lead during the campaign,” says Beth Houlbrooke, Rodney First spokesperson.
Fellow spokesperson Phelan Pirrie says the election result provides the best opportunity to put Rodney’s case forward to the new mayor and councillors, as well as to the council-controlled organisations (CCOs) and government agencies such as NZTA.
“I’m really looking forward to the whole Rodney Local Board working positively and constructively together. It has been a long time coming! Sure Rodney First has secured five of the nine seats, but rest assured we’ll be working closely and collaboratively with the other four successful candidates in the best interests of Rodney,” says Mr Pirrie.
Ms Houlbrooke and Mr Pirrie say Rodney First members will retain a strong focus on improving local roads, footpaths and public transport; planning for growth; improving the environment; ensuring closer partnerships with the local community and organisations; and delivering better local facilities.
The Rodney Local Board will be officially sworn in on 26 October.
More information on Rodney First, its policies, members, and contact details, please visit www.rodneyfirst.org