Introducing Dean McNamara:
I am a fourth generation (or 6th depending which family tree you follow) local from rural Tasman. In my 47 years I have worked in roading, construction, and transport. As a self-employed business person, I bring to the council table an ability to find pragmatic solutions that do not require ratepayers consistently topping up shortfalls.
My colleagues, friends, and customers would say I am a person you can trust, to do what I say, and to do the right thing.
My wife works in local pre-school, and my daughters attend local schools. My farm upbringing instilled my strong work ethic (as employees can attest), and a roll up your sleeves and get it done approach. Whatever, you think of Tim Shadbolt as a person, this same approach in council has enabled him to turn around a struggling Southland.
This year we are facing some very important decisions.
- Is the Dam funding fair for ratepayers?
- Should the council be subsidising commercial enterprises?
- Is council making good decisions with our money?
- Are we doing enough to protect our homes from flooding?
- Are rural/suburban ratepayers being fairly represented?
- Should we be preserving the iconic Tasman parks and reserves free from resort development?
- Has council got its priorities right?
I want to ensure our children will not be paying for the mistakes of this generation. When my great-grandfather was on council they achieved a lot more with a lot fewer resources. I believe the key to returning to those performance levels is to focus more on services and less on monuments. Get our debt level under control, and plan better for the future than we have in recent past.
You get to choose three candidates. Vote for me and have a voice around the council table.