Column: Vote Rob Thomas for Councillor

September 1, 2013 by  
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Rob Thomas HeadshotPonsonby News – September 2013 edition – By Rob Thomas – Candidate for Waitemata & Gulf Councillor:

Vote Rob Thomas for Councillor

Every weekend for the last five months I’ve been door knocking our neighbourhoods listening to your views.

Thank you to all those people from Ponsonby, Freeman’s Bay, Grey Lynn, Arch Hill, Parnell, Newmarket and Grafton for welcoming me at your doorstep. It has been a phenomenal response to say the least. I’ve been blown away to meet so many people passionate for our city and our neighbourhoods.

As the inner-city continues to grow we are starting to see its stretch marks ripple throughout our community. There’s so much that needs to be done. Vote for me so we can build safe dedicated cycling links, roll out a resident only parking scheme to push commuters out of residential streets, have buses that turn up on time and clean out the storm water contaminates in the Cox’s Bay catchment area. At this point in time, it’s the residents in Arch Hill that face the biggest challenge with the foreshadowed BUNNINGS big box development proposal. It’s this type of activity that we want stomped out of the Auckland Unitary Plan for our area.

It has been a humbling experience and great pleasure to represent you on the Waitemata Local Board. Over the last three years I’ve been able to deliver the Coxs Bay Boardwalk for walking and cycling, I revived the regional programme for Movies in Parks, established the new business district “Uptown” in Eden Terrace and gave a stronger voice to our community by founding the Newmarket Community Association.

There’s a massive smile across my face when I think of the 3,000 people I’ve met door knocking. Door knocking is a mammoth undertaking but it’s critical to understand what people are saying and reconnect once elected. There are so many inspiring people in our community, it’s extraordinary, and we need to be doing more to connect with you in your neighborhood.

With your vote for me, as your Councillor for the Waitemata and Gulf Ward, our community can achieve so much more. We need an experienced young and non-partisan voice that can work with our community and between different political party lines at a local and central government level.

So, when the voting papers come out in September, I want you to help me change our community by ticking Rob Thomas on your ballot for Councillor for Waitemata and Gulf.

 

Rob Thomas
Waitemata and Gulf Ward Council Candidate
Let’s Talk – 021 704423 www.voterobthomas.co.nz

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