Shore Action Launches: Announces North Shore Ward Candidates
15th July 2016
Shore Action Launches and Announces North Shore Ward Candidates
New team Shore Action is bringing together fresh and experienced faces from across the North Shore community to contest the 2016 Auckland Council elections. We are standing candidates for Council (North Shore Ward), the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board and the Kaipātiki Local Board.
Our action plan includes:
· A zero tolerance to selling any parkland, and a commitment to saving both the Takapuna Beach Holiday Park and the Anzac St carpark - home of the Takapuna Sunday Market.
· Increased investment in our reserves, extension of our park volunteer network, pest reduction and clean-up of our precious bush and waterways.
· Genuine consultation without the spin - listening to you and keeping you informed on what is happening in your neighbourhood.
· Much more to be announced soon.
Shore Action has selected the following candidates to contest the North Shore ward seats:
Dr Grant Gillon
Dr Grant Gillon is a life-long North Shore resident, businessman, Local Board member and former Councillor.
Grant believes that protecting our unique Shore identity, lifestyle and landscape from the ‘one size fits all’ thinking is the real challenge ahead for anyone elected to represent the North Shore on Auckland Council.
“I stand for fairer rates, improved public transport, reduced congestion, enhanced heritage protection, affordable housing and a comprehensive planning approach,” said Dr Grant Gillon.
Grant Gillon is also standing as a Shore Action candidate for the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board.
Anne-Elise Smithson grew up on the North Shore, studied Biology at Auckland University and works as a Community Development Coordinator at the Children's Autism Foundation.
Anne-Elise has a track-record of community volunteering. She stands for sustainability, more affordable housing, less congestion and communities where young and old can thrive.
“Our streams, bush and wildlife are struggling and our unique North Shore environment need protecting as our city grows. Healthy ecosystems help our communities flourish,” said Anne-Elise Smithson.
Anne-Elise Smithson is also standing as a Shore Action candidate for the Kaipātiki Local Board.