Noel Smith Councillor - Newcastle Ward

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Noel Smith Councillor - Newcastle Ward
4 days ago

Te Kowhai District Newsletter Questions to Councillor

Noel Smith from Noel Smith Councillor - Newcastle Ward

NOEL SMITH

NEWCASTLE WARD COUNCILLOR

Hi. I have sent out a flyer to all residents in the ward so hopefully you receive that very soon. I have also been interviewed by the editor of the Te Kowhai District newsletter. As many in the ward won’t get that newsletter I attach below the 3 questions I … View more
NOEL SMITH

NEWCASTLE WARD COUNCILLOR

Hi. I have sent out a flyer to all residents in the ward so hopefully you receive that very soon. I have also been interviewed by the editor of the Te Kowhai District newsletter. As many in the ward won’t get that newsletter I attach below the 3 questions I was asked along with my responses.

1) A bit of info about you / where you’re from / your background.

I’m from a farming background: both sets of grandparents farmed in Rotokauri and Betsy and I have lived and farmed in Te Kowhai for over 41 years. We’ve raised three children and now have two grandchildren.

I was a police officer in Auckland and Hamilton, then spent 17 years in the Ministry of Justice (Courts). I’ve served on the local Kindergarten Committee and local BOT and I am currently Vice President of the Waikato Justice of the Peace Association, due to become President in 2020.

I also have a post graduate business qualification from the University of Waikato (Diploma in Business Studies), and am a Judicial Justice of the Peace sitting in the Morrinsville Court.

Holding a RMA Commissioner’s qualification for many years has given me in-depth understanding of the highly complex planning matters facing our Council and its residents. And importantly, as happens often, I’m able to help locals unravel the red tape and jargon around consent issues.

2) What you’re known for at Council.

I’m respected as an advocate and strong voice for ratepayers and residents. I am
on the Economic Development Committee of five selected senior Councillors
and the Mayor. It is the ‘strategic committee of Council’ and has unique input into
Council’s strategic decision making. From that Committee I led the Blueprint
community consultations across the District, and am part of the cross-border
committee that seeks to resolve issues with Hamilton City.

Because of my range of life and business experiences I demonstrate robust
knowledge over a wide range of topics. My business qualification helps me
successfully scrutinise, and often challenge, budgets and expenditure. My 12
year’s experience on the Council ensures strong representation by someone who
knows how to inject our community’s goals into the planning and funding system
to achieve positive outcomes.

My experience with law and RMA qualifications mean I can work
actively at a senior level on your behalf; for instance, on decisions relating to the
District Plan such as zoning and issues that directly affect how you live, build and
even where you work and play. As the inaugural Chair of the new alcohol District
Licensing Committee, I’ve presided over 2,000 decisions that have helped make
our communities safer.

Whilst as councillors we are responsible for the whole district, I am respected for
my strong representation of all three communities (Rotokauri, Whatawhata & Te
Kowhai)

3) What’s your first priority at Council this future term.

(a) Making community aspirations top of the list. How? I’ll be working hard to
embed the Blueprint consultation work in line with our community wishes, and I’ll
keep you well informed as we go. As a father and grand-father it has become
important to me that this critical document, which captures our communities
goals, are firmly entrenched and guide council’s decisions for future generation’s
wellbeing.

(b) Continuing to strongly challenge affordability (eg rates) whilst communicating
with you the challenges we all face through inevitable growth.

(c) Looking at the potential impacts of climate change and how we respond is
critical, as is continuing to support economic growth that leads to jobs for our young people and creates thriving, liveable and connected communities.

12 days ago

Whatawhata Community Facility Fundraising - grants of $290,000 announced

Noel Smith from Noel Smith Councillor - Newcastle Ward

The steering committee supported by the Waikato District Council staff have just achieved two major grants for the facility.
Trust Waikato has announced that it has granted $210,000 for the building of the facility and the WEL Energy Trust has today announced that it is granting $80,000 towards the… View more
The steering committee supported by the Waikato District Council staff have just achieved two major grants for the facility.
Trust Waikato has announced that it has granted $210,000 for the building of the facility and the WEL Energy Trust has today announced that it is granting $80,000 towards the facility. When combined with the Waikato District Council grant of $250,000 and the $20,000 already raised by the community, fund raising currently stands at $560,000.
So its time to celebrate and join in the fund raising. A meeting of the WRRA fund raising committee is being held this Sunday at 2pm at the Village Cafe and all interested persons are encouraged to attend. Councillor Noel Smith, a member of the steering committee said 'It is fantastic news for the community and hopefully the Lotteries Grants Board will also be as supportive when they receive an application from the steering committee".

25 days ago

DROP IN SESSIONS - Meet your Councillor and candidate in the 2019 Local Body Elections

Noel Smith from Noel Smith Councillor - Newcastle Ward

Drop In session – Sunday 25 August 1pm – 3pm at the Village Café Whatawhata.
MEET your ward Councillor and candidate for re-election in this years local body elections.
I moved in to a cabin at the Cafe today ready for Sunday’s first drop in session. I look forward to catching up with you … View more
Drop In session – Sunday 25 August 1pm – 3pm at the Village Café Whatawhata.
MEET your ward Councillor and candidate for re-election in this years local body elections.
I moved in to a cabin at the Cafe today ready for Sunday’s first drop in session. I look forward to catching up with you this weekend.
If anyone wants to catch up with me, outside of the drop in sessions, I can be contacted on 0275943895 or newcastleherefords@xtra.co.nz. Regards Noel.


NB: Further drop in sessions will be held Thursday 29 August 10am-1pm and Sunday 8 September 1pm-3pm, both at the Village Cafe.

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27 days ago

A small but significant win for Whatawhata

Noel Smith from Noel Smith Councillor - Newcastle Ward

A small but significant win for Whatawhata and the Newcastle ward.
Earlier today, Council staff recommended to the Councils Policy Committee that Council donate surplus playground equipment from the merging of two playgrounds at the Point, Ngaruawahia to a private enterprise. Most of the equipment … View more
A small but significant win for Whatawhata and the Newcastle ward.
Earlier today, Council staff recommended to the Councils Policy Committee that Council donate surplus playground equipment from the merging of two playgrounds at the Point, Ngaruawahia to a private enterprise. Most of the equipment was no longer compliant with the NZ Playground equipment standards but several pieces of equipment still complied.
Councillor Noel Smith, Councillor for the Newcastle ward that includes Whatawhata, challenged the staff recommendation and pointed out that the Whatawhata community had no public playground and under the Council’s playground strategy was not due to get a playground until 2033. He challenged his fellow Councillors to consider the ratepayers of the district ahead of a private organisation. He asked that Whatawhata be given the opportunity to inspect and utilise the equipment. After some impassioned discussions Councillors supported Councillor Smith’s request and Whatawhata is to be offered the opportunity to utilise the compliant equipment.
Glenn McLennan, Chairman of the Whatawhata Residents & Ratepayers Association, Councillor Smith and Council staff will inspect the equipment later this week to ensure the equipment is suitable. Councillor Smith stated, ‘While the equipment is not new, the Community has the opportunity to install some equipment while it waits for a new playground’. Councillors also asked staff to initiate a review of the playground strategy and if possible find ways to bring the programme forward so that smaller communities can get their playgrounds sooner.

29 days ago

Whatawhata Meet the candidate - Noel Smith

Noel Smith from Noel Smith Councillor - Newcastle Ward

DROP IN SESSION next Sunday – 25th August 1pm – 3pm at the Village Café, Whatawhata.
I’m here to listen. Have a chat with Noel Smith, your local WDC Councillor.

I’m keen to hear what you want to see happen in Whatawhata. What are your concerns? What can we do to help? What could we do … View more
DROP IN SESSION next Sunday – 25th August 1pm – 3pm at the Village Café, Whatawhata.
I’m here to listen. Have a chat with Noel Smith, your local WDC Councillor.

I’m keen to hear what you want to see happen in Whatawhata. What are your concerns? What can we do to help? What could we do better???
I’m happy to answer your questions on how I, and two other Councillor’s developed the new vision for Council – Liveable, Thriving, Connected Communities and how Council’s changed the way we do long term planning. More importantly – what does this mean for Whatawhata? What do you need to know- I’ve got some answers, bring your questions!
Your aspirations (gathered through the Blueprint) will go forward to the Council as deliverables via the next long term plan. How does this affect you?
I’ll be in the cabin at the Village Café from 1pm. (I’m doing this because I know some of you have said you can’t make the candidates evening on Sept 11). So bring your questions or just bring yourself.
I’ve been proud of what I’ve achieved for the Newcastle ward and I’m asking for your vote to continue the projects we’ve begun together.

I am seeking re-election for a further term.
Please bring your questions of if you just want to meet me feel free to come on down.
Come on down and hear more.
There’s a playground for the kids as well as great coffee and food at the café.
Looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

Further drop in sessions will be held at The Village café on:
Thursday 29th August from 11am – 1pm, and
Sunday 8th September from 1.00pm – 3.00pm

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