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31 days ago

Sparks Park Development

Rob from Rob Stockley for Carterton District Council

Just a reminder that submissions on the Sparks Park development are due to Carterton District Council on Monday 21 October.

There's some discussion around the proposal on Friends of Sparks Park Facebook page (linked below). Scroll down to the post dated September 17. www.facebook.com...

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Just a reminder that submissions on the Sparks Park development are due to Carterton District Council on Monday 21 October.

There's some discussion around the proposal on Friends of Sparks Park Facebook page (linked below). Scroll down to the post dated September 17. www.facebook.com...

Submissions can be as simple as a short email or letter, or as complex as a structured report. The important thing is that you communicate your support or opposition to the proposal and make your reasons clear.

The postal address and email link are on the Council page linked below. If you're really stuck then you can private message me and I will copy your support/concerns to Council.

cdc.govt.nz...

35 days ago

The results are out

Rob from Rob Stockley for Carterton District Council

Thank you Carterton. I am excited to be your councillor. Congratulations and best wishes to all candidates, in and out of council. I look forward to working with all of you.

35 days ago

Thank you

Rob from Rob Stockley for Carterton District Council

Thank you to all those who have supported me through this election campaign. Regardless of the result I will continue to be involved in local government and in the community. The journey is just begun.

38 days ago

Make your vote count

Rob from Rob Stockley for Carterton District Council

Come on Carterton, we know you can do it. Call your friends. Visit your neighbours. Ask your work colleagues. HAVE YOU VOTED?
www.electionz.com...

44 days ago

Clock tower voting process

Rob from Rob Stockley for Carterton District Council

In another thread (which I refuse to breathe life back into) some of us speculated on the rationale behind one voting slip per household. Some lamented that every person in the house should get a vote. I suggested that maybe it was meant as one vote per rating unit. Frank called me out asking what … View moreIn another thread (which I refuse to breathe life back into) some of us speculated on the rationale behind one voting slip per household. Some lamented that every person in the house should get a vote. I suggested that maybe it was meant as one vote per rating unit. Frank called me out asking what about tenants? It really doesn't matter because that was all speculation.

At the Council meeting last Wednesday a report into the vote was presented to council and discussed. We heard that the vote had generated huge community engagement. While the voting process isn't perfect it was very cheap - around $400 for advertising in the Crier and some cardboard boxes. We were told that an official vote (like the current one for council and mayor) would have cost ratepayers several thousand dollars.

So like it or not, the vote has been done on the cheap. I'm okay with that because I don't think it warranted any more ratepayers money being spent. At the very least it will give the new council an idea of what the community was thinking.

45 days ago

CDC council meeting today

Rob from Rob Stockley for Carterton District Council

I caught up with Marty Sebire and Robyn Cherry-Campbell at the Ordinary Council meeting today. It's really interesting hearing the questions and comments coming from Councillors. They really are doing a good job.

Highlights today were progress on the Five Towns Trail and discussion around … View more
I caught up with Marty Sebire and Robyn Cherry-Campbell at the Ordinary Council meeting today. It's really interesting hearing the questions and comments coming from Councillors. They really are doing a good job.

Highlights today were progress on the Five Towns Trail and discussion around Council's response to the "Action for Healthy Waterways" discussion document.

The public part of the meeting ended with valedictory speeches from Councillor Mike Ashby and Mayor John. Well done both of you and thanks for giving up your time to commit to Carterton.

46 days ago

Still not got your voting papers?

Rob from Rob Stockley for Carterton District Council

I met another person today who hadn't received voting papers yet. You can check your details online or simply call the Carterton District Council on 379 4030 and ask to speak with the Returning Officer, Casey.
vote.nz...

47 days ago

Qualities of a Mayor

Rob from Rob Stockley for Carterton District Council

Hat tip to Greg Lang for yesterday.

During the Farmers Market yesterday we were joined by an infamous political activist. While the rest of us kept our distance Greg went over and had a long chat which ended with smiles. On his return to our group Greg's comment was, "she's part of… View more
Hat tip to Greg Lang for yesterday.

During the Farmers Market yesterday we were joined by an infamous political activist. While the rest of us kept our distance Greg went over and had a long chat which ended with smiles. On his return to our group Greg's comment was, "she's part of the community too". Respect 👍

I challenge other mayoral candidates to match that.

47 days ago

If you haven't received your voting papers

Rob from Rob Stockley for Carterton District Council

If you live in Carterton District you should have received your voting papers by now. If you haven't received yours then your details on the electoral role may be incorrect.

It's not too late. You can still make a special vote. You'll need to phone or call into the Council offices … View more
If you live in Carterton District you should have received your voting papers by now. If you haven't received yours then your details on the electoral role may be incorrect.

It's not too late. You can still make a special vote. You'll need to phone or call into the Council offices and ask for Casey, our returning officer. She can update your details on the role and send out or give you special voting papers.

Remember, posted ballot papers should be sent by 5 October to ensure they get to Christchurch for processing. Alternatively you can post your ballot at the Council office before 12 noon on Saturday, 12 October.

52 days ago

The infamous list - cue evil laugh :-)

Rob from Rob Stockley for Carterton District Council

There's a long discussion running about a BBQ, a list and potential factions within the candidates standing for CDC. I am a candidate. I have seen the list. I am on the list. I can burn sausages with the best of them. So I feel qualified to comment.

The List - is simply the list of candidates… View more
There's a long discussion running about a BBQ, a list and potential factions within the candidates standing for CDC. I am a candidate. I have seen the list. I am on the list. I can burn sausages with the best of them. So I feel qualified to comment.

The List - is simply the list of candidates taken from the CDC website including their nominators. Where candidates share the same nominator they have been grouped and given a colour. This is a very crude analysis which essentially means we know each other, possibly through someone else. For example I am highlighted blue with Ruth Carter because Anna-Marie Kingsley was one of our nominators. I've met with Ruth once or twice. I wouldn't say that I know Ruth but I know who she is and respect her contribution to Carterton. I expect she would say the same of me. We certainly haven't had any secret meetings. We're not aligned.

For whatever reason Russell and Carolyn Keys agreed to be nominators for a number of candidates. Some of those candidates went on to nominate others. So in the crude analysis you end up with a sizeable number in the same colour group. Are they aligned? I don't think so. Were they all invited to the BBQ? I know they weren't. Would some of them make good councillors? Absolutely.

The analysis also identifies the RATH group. We know they are aligned because they told us so. Is that a bad thing? No. Candidates are free to associate with, and campaign with whomever they like. If you don't like their choice of friends then don't vote for them.

We know that the list doesn't identify who went to the BBQ. Being in the same group doesn't mean two candidates are aligned. Being in different groups doesn't mean two candidates are not aligned. The list is nothing more than a doodle and tells us very little.

As for the BBQ, I think it was a brave move this early in Spring and I hope the wind didn't affect the cooking of the sausages.

104 days ago

Who do you represent?

Rob from Rob Stockley for Carterton District Council

People ask me, "what is your policy on ...?" If they're looking for a spirited debate then my answer is probably a let down. I don't think it's appropriate that I should have any policies at all.

Under representative democracy my job is not to push my own view of the … View more
People ask me, "what is your policy on ...?" If they're looking for a spirited debate then my answer is probably a let down. I don't think it's appropriate that I should have any policies at all.

Under representative democracy my job is not to push my own view of the world, but rather to represent the views of the community that elected me. My job will be to engage with the community at large to become informed on what is important to them. That is the whole community, and not just those who I would naturally agree with.

That's a big ask and I will need assistance from the community to point out ways and means to reach people. I'm thinking of maybe booking a table at a local cafe, same place same time every week. Maybe move it around to different cafes to support local businesses. Reaching everyone may be unrealistic but it doesn't mean I shouldn't try.

If you are a group and you meet regularly then I'd be grateful for the opportunity to meet you. I can't promise a witty reparte but I will listen to your concerns. If you are an individual then I'd be happy to meet over a cuppa at a local cafe of your choice.

If I am elected to Council then I will, to the best of my abilty, represent the whole Carterton community.

118 days ago

Standing for Carterton District Council

Rob from Rob Stockley for Carterton District Council

My name is Rob Stockley. I'm a husband, a father to two girls, a self employed electrician, and I intend to stand for Carterton District Council in October 2019.

My wife Liz and I moved to Carterton with our girls, Izzy and Katy, in 2017. We've found Carterton to be a wonderful inclusive… View more
My name is Rob Stockley. I'm a husband, a father to two girls, a self employed electrician, and I intend to stand for Carterton District Council in October 2019.

My wife Liz and I moved to Carterton with our girls, Izzy and Katy, in 2017. We've found Carterton to be a wonderful inclusive community. People smile at one another in the street. People ask, "how are you" then take the time to wait for your response.

I am a member of Rotary Club of Carterton. Through club meetings and events I've met dozens of kind hearted people doing great things to better our community. Selfless acts of so many is very humbling.

In standing for Council I want to grow Carterton in a way that maintains all these wonderful characteristics that make us what we are. Regional growth is inevitable as more people discover the gem that is Wairarapa. With well thought out planning and robust long term stategies we can control our future.

Today I am a self-employed electrician. My industry is strongly legislated and bound by process. I understand how governance works. Before becoming an electrician, I served 18 years in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Retiring as a flight commander in the rank of Squadron Leader, I have seen many examples of leadership. Carterton is not a wealthy district. We must ensure that the wheels of Council turn efficiently with clear objectives so as not to waste our limited resources. We must focus on community to make sure that no-one gets left behind.

I intend to use Neighbourly and Facebook to share information about local government elections and to reach out to members of the community that I may not otherwise meet.

You might see me in Page42 Cafe or walking our dogs at Sparks Park in the mornings. Please don't hesitate to get in touch.

I look forward to serving you.

Rob

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116 days ago

Rates rebate for 2019/2020

Rob from Rob Stockley for Carterton District Council

Rates is a hot topic at the moment. Rates are necessary but they are expensive and some residents are struggling. This is especially so for residents on low and/or fixed incomes. I was chatting with a friend today about what could be done to help those who are hurting. He asked, "does everyone… View moreRates is a hot topic at the moment. Rates are necessary but they are expensive and some residents are struggling. This is especially so for residents on low and/or fixed incomes. I was chatting with a friend today about what could be done to help those who are hurting. He asked, "does everyone know about how to claim the rates rebate from the Department of Internal Affairs?" It seems like a simple enough process.

It looks as though the Department of Internal Affairs are in the process of switching over from last year's rebate to this year's rebate. So there's a bit of old news there. Good news is that all the application forms are updated and ready for this year.

www.govt.nz...

I don't think it should be very difficult for us as a community to put the word out. Some residents may need help with forms - that's easy. We also need to check on family and neighbours to make sure they know. Come on Carterton, lets make sure we as a community get the most we can out of this opportunity.

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