Ōwhango-National Park Community Board

The Ōwhango-National Park Community Board represents your local community and advocates to Ruapehu District Council about local issues, including public transport and facilities such as libraries and parks. The board is made up of six members: five members elected by voters, and one councillor from the Ruapehu District Council.  This is a single transferable vote (STV) election, so you vote by ranking the candidates on your ballot paper. Compare the candidates and their policies to decide who to vote for in the Ōwhango-National Park Community Board election.

Simon O'Neill

Simon O'Neill

Why I'm standing

To promote the views and interests of the Owhango National Park ward to local (Ruapehu), regional (Horizons) and central. (through local MPs and direct to Wellington) govermment. Our ward is unique in its position and relationship with Tongariro National Park. We have lost our councillor specific to our ward and so we need a stronger voice with council to represent our interests. The community board is that voice.

My priorities
  1. Improve Ruapehu marketing and awareness so we're not just the Crossing in summer and skiing in winter.
  2. Implement programmes for village and community development for consistency and continuity.
  3. Build better relationships between our communities and council with stronger accountability.
About me

I've lived in this ward since 2004, love it here and want to contribute to our communities and make them more resilient. My experience lies in policy and law, emergency services and the outdoors and tourism. I also led part of the campaign to retain rescue helicopter services for rural and alpine communities.

Current role

National Park Community Board

Before politics

Emergency Services

Residence

Owhango

Age

58

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Why I'm standing

To promote the views and interests of the Owhango National Park ward to local (Ruapehu), regional (Horizons) and central. (through local MPs and direct to Wellington) govermment. Our ward is unique in its position and relationship with Tongariro National Park. We have lost our councillor specific to our ward and so we need a stronger voice with council to represent our interests. The community board is that voice.

My priorities
  1. Improve Ruapehu marketing and awareness so we're not just the Crossing in summer and skiing in winter.
  2. Implement programmes for village and community development for consistency and continuity.
  3. Build better relationships between our communities and council with stronger accountability.
About me

I've lived in this ward since 2004, love it here and want to contribute to our communities and make them more resilient. My experience lies in policy and law, emergency services and the outdoors and tourism. I also led part of the campaign to retain rescue helicopter services for rural and alpine communities.

Current role

National Park Community Board

Before politics

Emergency Services

Residence

Owhango

Age

58

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