I'm just re-reading this article from Nelson Mail on Saturday and reflecting further on her opinion.
I AGREE with Judene. I don't wish to have an opinion about every issue before I get there. I am hopefully going to get elected to represent various views from the community, bring those voices and experiences as best I can to the council table and together with the other elected members work out the fairest, greatest cost benefit, creative possibility to any/all issues that come across the table. Isn't that what a democracy is?
Do you know the definition of affordable when it comes to housing? The basic version - up to a maximum of 40% of gross income, preferably 30%. Anything above is considered to create a situation of "housing stress".
If the median income is $575 / week ($30,420 / yr) then that means no more than $234 per week in rent, or mortgage to stay out of housing stress. How many homes can you rent in Nelson for that?
Living Wage - I fully support this and proud to have made my personal pledge very near the beginning of this movement, as well as signed as an organisation on behalf of Victory Community Centre. They are holding an election campaign meeting this Wednesday 7pm at Stoke School Hall. This is a movement which could help transform Nelson to become Better for Everyone.
I'm standing for Nelson City Council because I want to help make Nelson better for everyone.
I believe that for our city to thrive everyone needs an affordable home, a living wage, properly resourced health & social services, flexible options for getting around, easy access to arts and recreation, and smart strategies for responding to our changing world.
I also believe thriving businesses are vital. Council must focus on what attracts business to Nelson, and keeps it here to succeed. When we get all of this right, Nelson flourishes.
I’ve got a recognised track record, the experience and skills to work with council and the community to get things done.
I helped establish the award-winning Nelson Tasman Housing Trust 2004 - now owns 38 homes valued at $11m.
I helped establish and went on to direct Victory Community Centre in 2007, won NZ Community of the Year 2010.
Nelsonian of the Year 2009 & Queen’s Service Medal-Services to Community 2010.
Nelsonian of the Year 2009
Queen’s Service Medal 2010
Founding Chair of the
Nelson Tasman Housing Trust
Founding & Current Director of Victory Community Centre
(NZ Community of the Year 2010)