North Ward Candidates

Two positions

Tony Bedford

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021 452 870

My principal place of residence is in the North Ward area. It's easy to be passionate about Waitara and our surrounding district when you're a born and bred local like I am. My own children are fifth generation Bedford's. Waitara is ingrained in all of us, Now is the right time to give back to my community by making a positive difference as a councillor for the North Ward. A career in business and sports management has provided me with a wealth of experience dealing with team environments, diverse cultures, tough issues and of course success. My passion is working with people, building an effective team and delivering sustainable outcomes. These attributes will help me to focus on the ageing population, youth, recreation and facilities and the environment during my time on council. My hope is for 'A better community together.' Let me be your eyes to see, your ears to hear and your voice to speak up for what matters.

Colin Johnston

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021 131 6699

My principal place of residence is in the North Ward area. I am seeking Re-Election to continue my guarantee of Honesty, diversity and commitment to help people in our district. I would appreciate your vote, Rank 1. Working Together in our Community is very important to me and I will continue, to the best of my ability as an efficient member of your Council, using my experience gained working steadily with Council officers and the management teams getting the best outcomes for our people. Born and Educated in Waitara I have a keen interest in our history and own a private museum. Heritage Taranaki committee member, Past Chairman Taranaki Vintage Car Club. I am committed to push, getting major projects of infrastructure into the Annual and Long Term Plans for our North Ward. It is a huge privilege to represent the North Ward. I am a person of high integrity with an honest, balanced and forward approach with a positive attitude.

Bill Simpson

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My principal place of residence is in the North Ward area. I am also standing for Mayor-New Plymouth District Council. A vote for me as the North Ward it will ensure you get: Your Vision; My Commitment; Our Future; Let's dream and do it together. A North Ward Counsellor needs: A positive direction and is able to work alongside the community they serve; A closer and meaningful relationship with Iwi, Hapu, the rural sector, the business sector and the wider community at large; People that are capable of challenging the status quo on behalf of their community. I bring to the position executive, management, legal, educational and people skills.

John Williams

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027 446 5502

My principal place of residence is in the North Ward area. I have a common sense balanced approach, ability to listen, always 2 sides to a story. Waitara and North Taranaki interests at heart, but also aware of the need to balance the New Plymouth district which we are all part of. I have no hidden agendas so therefore I can operate in an open and frank manner. I am willing to listen, learn and make the decisions needed. Member of the Waitara Lions Club for the last 33 years, have served in the Waitara Fire Brigade, also Taranaki Electricity Trust. Until recently Wendy and I had owned Waitara New World for 26 years. Served on Foodstuffs Board of Directors for 8 years, also New Zealand President for the Retail Grocers Association for 2 years. I believe I have the business/common sense experience to continue to serve the North Ward as Councillor, having served for the last 18 months.