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Statement for the Christchurch Mail

A brief, 50-word statement about the importance of community boards and what you see as the most pressing issue for your area:

Community Boards represent, advocate for, and make decisions about their local community. A significant issue for the Papanui-Innes Board will be the need to work collaboratively with neighbouring boards where communities such as Belfast and St Albans will be split between multiple board areas following the representation review.

Bio and vision for The Migrant Times

In response to a request from The Migrant Times for a short bio and my vision for my ward:

Bio (35 words): 
I have a background in the technology sector, and work for Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi, where I manage the school attendance service. I have chaired my local school board and served with other community organizations.

Vision for Papanui Ward (35 words): 
My vision for Papanui Ward is:
– A connected community where people know and care for each other.
– Building on the great work of the Shirley-Papanui board, especially with social issues, community safety, and transport/traffic.

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.

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Response to questions from Avon-Ōtākaro Network

In August 2016, the Avon-Ōtākaro Network (AvON) sought replies from local body candidates to 4 questions about the future of the red zone lands that run from the Avon Loop in the CBD to Southshore along the length of the lower Ōtākaro/Avon River. See AvON’s website for a full report. Simon’s responses were:

Question 1: Do you support a multipurpose city-to-sea River Park that meets diverse community needs eg for environmental regeneration and restoration; recognition of cultural & community heritage; play, recreation and sport; food production; arts and entertainment; learning, training, employment, small business and tourism? 
A: I am personally supportive. The role of a Community Board is to represent, and advocate for, the interests of its community, and to that end I will ensure the views of the Papanui-Innes community are reflected, should the Community Board have a role in relation to future use of the red zone.

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