Bibby to run for council and district health board

TWO SHOTS: Clive Bibby is trying for a seat on Gisborne District Council, and Hauora Tairawhiti.

LONG-time East Coast farmer, community worker, heritage consultant and regular Gisborne Herald columnist Clive Bibby has announced his bid for election to Gisborne District Council and Hauora Tairawhiti.

Mr Bibby has lived and farmed in Uawa/Tolaga Bay since moving there in 1980.

During those 39 years, he has spent much of his spare time trying to improve the lives of the local people in his capacity as fundraiser/project manager for community projects.

He has been responsible for raising funds in excess of $8 million for various East Coast projects.

Mr Bibby said some of the more substantial projects included helping to restore the iconic Tolaga Bay wharf at a cost of approximately $6 million; and the Paroa Station Native Reserve Heritage project — an “exciting” eco-tourism development which will predator-fence a 30-hectare block of native lowland bush on Paroa Station inland from Tolaga Bay.

“This project is aimed at providing a tourism destination of international class as an addition to the East Coast tourism trail, featuring the very best pre- and post-European indigenous sites, which will highlight the dual heritage aspects of this beautiful part of our region.

“It will also give current and future generations access to a quality educational facility that is rare in our environment”.

Mr Bibby sees the elections as an opportunity to make one further contribution to the region, “but this time to be part of the decision-making process as we struggle to deal with the challenges due to the advent of climate change”.

He believes he has much to offer to help guide the community through what he sees as an important and difficult transitional period in the region’s history.

He offers himself as a councillor “capable of understanding the individual needs of urban, rural and cultural communities, having gained the respect necessary to operate effectively across demographic boundaries”.

He believes councillors should not overstay their welcome and realises the merit of having a constant recycling of intellectual capacity and experience around the council table.

He promises to spend no more than two terms as an elected member of council if the ratepayers endorse his candidacy for that period.

Six years should be long enough for any councillor to achieve their original objectives if they are ever going to, he says.

“The community would undoubtedly benefit from this policy.”

He is standing as a City ward candidate for the council and will offer himself for election to the Hauora Tairawhiti district health board on which he has previously served.

The local body elections are on October 12.

LONG-time East Coast farmer, community worker, heritage consultant and regular Gisborne Herald columnist Clive Bibby has announced his bid for election to Gisborne District Council and Hauora Tairawhiti.

Mr Bibby has lived and farmed in Uawa/Tolaga Bay since moving there in 1980.

During those 39 years, he has spent much of his spare time trying to improve the lives of the local people in his capacity as fundraiser/project manager for community projects.

He has been responsible for raising funds in excess of $8 million for various East Coast projects.

Mr Bibby said some of the more substantial projects included helping to restore the iconic Tolaga Bay wharf at a cost of approximately $6 million; and the Paroa Station Native Reserve Heritage project — an “exciting” eco-tourism development which will predator-fence a 30-hectare block of native lowland bush on Paroa Station inland from Tolaga Bay.

“This project is aimed at providing a tourism destination of international class as an addition to the East Coast tourism trail, featuring the very best pre- and post-European indigenous sites, which will highlight the dual heritage aspects of this beautiful part of our region.

“It will also give current and future generations access to a quality educational facility that is rare in our environment”.

Mr Bibby sees the elections as an opportunity to make one further contribution to the region, “but this time to be part of the decision-making process as we struggle to deal with the challenges due to the advent of climate change”.

He believes he has much to offer to help guide the community through what he sees as an important and difficult transitional period in the region’s history.

He offers himself as a councillor “capable of understanding the individual needs of urban, rural and cultural communities, having gained the respect necessary to operate effectively across demographic boundaries”.

He believes councillors should not overstay their welcome and realises the merit of having a constant recycling of intellectual capacity and experience around the council table.

He promises to spend no more than two terms as an elected member of council if the ratepayers endorse his candidacy for that period.

Six years should be long enough for any councillor to achieve their original objectives if they are ever going to, he says.

“The community would undoubtedly benefit from this policy.”

He is standing as a City ward candidate for the council and will offer himself for election to the Hauora Tairawhiti district health board on which he has previously served.

The local body elections are on October 12.

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