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Who am I?

Candidate: Iain Robertson from Mangakahia-Maungatapere Ward - Whangarei District Council

I believe that I am very reliable, outgoing and confident in what I do. I am always striving to perform at the best

Iain Robertson (2008) Self Employed
After public schooling and working in a supermarket I setup my first computer business Celto Computer Solutions at 17. I built up my business and also completed various studies while working up to 4 part time jobs (at any given time) over several years to support myself and my business;
Cleaner; fast-food crew; general laboring; teaching; store-man/warehousing; retail management and issuing officer/counter for two government elections.

Iain Robertson (Now) - Bee Keeper - Thistle Bees

Now I'm in my early 30s and own two businesses operated in Whangarei allowing me to be 100% in charge of my schedule - I would be easily able to prioritize council duties
[Both of my businesses are serious about the environment - My office is fully solar powered and both my businesses produce very little waste]

I was brought up in rural New Zealand so have a great understanding of farming, agriculture and the environment. 
I have dealt with people from all walks of life and from all income brackets.
Some of my clients are multimillionaires and some are beneficiaries but in the end we are all people.

I was diagnosed with a chronic illness when I was 11 years old - I believe this has helped shape my thinking and the fact that I want to leave a legacy for the future.
Goals I have set myself are; giving it my all in an exciting and challenging role, meeting new people, adding to Mangakahia-Maungatapere and the Whangarei District.
I can see myself in this role for years to come.

Things that I don't stand for:

- Ludicrous proposals
- False narratives & misinformation
- Throwing all resources at only a few issues to attract votes
- Financial mismanagement
- "Back room" "deals"  

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Sealing roads in the Whangarei District should be a priority and is essential for: Safety Reducing dust Less costs long term for ratepayers via rates and their vehicle expenditure. Less costs for the Whangarei District Council long term  Beter for the environment and climate change - Electric Vehicles need smooth undusty roads... How can we do it: Change Council with a new vision and new people Take roading seriously like councils used to in the past  Don't charge residents $4000 +GST in targeted rates Even though most rural properties dont recieve many of the council ammendenties seen in town! See my other post: Poor Unsealed Road Maintenance In addition to that  I would want to lobby to central government to make State Highway One at least 2 lanes (Each direction) all the way to Whangarei with median barriers. This will reduce collisions vehicles that travel slowly such as trucks, buses and motor-homes will be more comfortable  Safe passing  Reduce wear a

Poor Unsealed Road Maintenance

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Climate Change

In 2014, New Zealand contributed 0.17 per cent to the world's total greenhouse gas emissions. However, on a  per capita  basis, New Zealand is a significant emitter. Photo - Iain Robertson New Zealand is a global leader and a hot tourist destination for the world and this small country can definitely show the world how its done - has done with many issues throughout history. Photo - Iain Robertson Local Government has a significant role to play in climate change.  I want to continue and add to the current initiatives that the Whangarei District Council are working on. Our communities are to face sea level rise/flooding, coastal erosion, increased extreme weather events, coastal inundation, landslides and droughts.  The council must lead by example rather than point the finger by measuring and reducing emissions in the public organization and insuring our communities infrastructure is able to cope. I think all of the following are achievable ways of Council setti

Working Together & Trust

Being a bee keeper I get to see thousands of bees needing to work together in order to survive. Survival is a pretty good incentive to work together -- and in order for Whangarei to prosper we must work together. Bees have neither ego nor ulterior motives, Instead, they are totally focused on obtaining the goals for the betterment of the entire colony, not just specific individuals. As an IT entrepreneur, people put a lot of trust in me. I basically have a master key to their entire livelihoods, personal memories and information. To be in the IT field and to continue being successful people have to have great trust in me.

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To put Mangakahia-Maungatapere Ratepayers first  To continue any existing projects keeping costs within budget Open accountable Council with less bureaucracy  Encourage economic success within Whangarei and specifically attracting businesses with job opportunities.  To ensure preservation and enhancement of the environment  I believe money spent on recreation should be treated as investments, not as expenditure. I am aware ratepayers expect their rates to benefit rural Whangarei and not only central Whangarei. I will fight for ratepayers wants and needs across Whangarei Vote Iain Robertson - Mangakahia-Maungatapere

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3 Waters

  Three Waters is a uniquely local issue, Ratepayers in every community have paid for water assets that are proposed to be being taken by Wellington, with the removal of local control. I will be visiting these assets on behalf of Whangarei ratepayers  and meeting with affected  Communities  face-to-face. I say that people that are or will be considering the Three Waters proposals should do the same thing and get on the road to listen to local communities.

Things that I don't stand for:

- Ludicrous proposals - False narratives & misinformation - Throwing all resources at only a few issues to attract votes - Financial mismanagement - "Back room" "deals"  Click here for Iain Robertson's Vision