Nine contenders compete in Porirua mayoral race
AFTER more than two decades as a councillor and mayor, Jenny Brash believes it is time for a “generational shift” in leadership for Porirua.
Ms Brash’s call for change was made in a Dominion Post story, and she has since endorsed candidate Nick Leggett in another story in the Kapi Mana News.
“He has the right experience and vision for Porirua’s future, and his youth is also an advantage” she said in the build-up to the 2010 local body elections which will be decided this week.
At 31, Nick Leggett is the youngest mayoral candidate who has served three terms as a city councillor. He has lived in Porirua his whole life and works in commercial property sales`.
Mr Leggett’s main areas of focus are replacing defective sewerage pipes that drain into the harbour and revitalisation of the city centre.
He believes that the incoming council must consider the railway station a priority.
“After a lot of feedback from users of the station I have decided to act,” he told Kapi Mana News.
“At the moment the station is a disgrace; while it’s probably safe, its visual impression doesn’t convey this.”
Another serious contender is deputy mayor Litea Ah Hoi (46) who has had 12 years experience in local government who wants to create safer communities and grow businesses.
Ms Ah Hoi says she is well aware that Porirua’s income is mainly from rates, highlighting in a Dominion Post interview that the council draws 70% of its income from businesses and 17,000 rateable households.
Gregory Fortuin (56) is having another attempt at the mayoralty after being beaten by Ms Brash in 2004. Mr Fortuin is probably best known as a former race relations conciliator and he is currently a families commissioner.
His key issues are dealing with storm and waste water, keeping rates down and a better future for our young.
At 74 Russell Marshall is the oldest mayoral candidate, he has had an illustrious career as a former Labour cabinet minister, high commissioner to London and Victoria University chancellor.
Mr Marshall intends to be a strong Porirua advocate to government, is keen to further develop a village strategy approach and would like to see the revitalisation of the city centre.
Liz Kelly (52) has thrown her hat in the ring once more after contesting the mayoralty in 2007. Mrs Kelly is a two term councillor who has been born and raised in Porirua.
Mrs Kelly’s slogan is “I stand for the five Cs community, commerce, conservation, commitment, common sense.
Her priorities are a safe and vibrant city, a cohesive council and renewing Porirua’s infrastructure.
Brian Collins (56) holds a Masters in Business Administration and most of his employment has been with ANZ, AXA and Public Trust.
In a newspaper article, Mr Collins said he would like to see more community involvement in council decisions through referenda and electronic media.
Mike Duncan (60) is a graphic journalist who lives in Titahi Bay. Mr Duncan’s key focus areas are council spending, rates reduction and encouraging local industry.
Peter Windsor, Titahi Bay, is keen on the promotion of sports in Porirua and business development. He believes more community consultation is needed before decisions are made on rate increases.
Piripi Gray (53), who contested the mayoralty in 2007, is unemployed and has been a voluntary worker for 30 years.
A major concern for Mr Gray is the high level of unemployment in Porirua East.