Statement for the St Albans News

Simon’s statement for the St Albans News, in response to the question “what makes you the best person to represent the St Albans area on the Papanui Innes community board for the next three years?“:

I value a connected community that cares for all of its members, and am passionate about making a contribution. Following the ward boundary changes, a key issue for St Albans is the need for three Community Boards to work collaboratively to effectively represent and engage with the community. As the manager of the school attendance service at Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi, I am actively involved in a number of collaborative initiatives, and can bring this experience to the Papanui-Innes Community Board.

I have worked at youth and community development organisation Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi since 2011, supporting children, whānau/families, and schools. Previously I worked for Tait Communications in marketing management.
My recent community service includes:
  • Papanui Baptist Freedom Trust (Trustee)
  • Casebrook Intermediate School Board of Trustees (seven years total, two years as chair)
  • Papanui Youth Development Trust (Volunteer)
  • Papanui High School Young Enterprise Scheme (Mentor)
  • Pillars – a St Albans-based charity working to support children of prisoners across New Zealand (Board member, Board president)
  • Canterbury University NGO leadership course (participant)
  • Shirley-Papanui community leadership forums (participant)
Please contact me (details at if there is anything you would like to ask or discuss.
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