2020 KRRA Committee Nominations

The following nominations (in alphabetical order) have been received for positions on the 2020 KRRA Committee:

Alastair Brickell (current Committee Member)

Nominated by Bill Muir, seconded by Kathy Speirs

Harriette and I have lived in Kuaotunu for almost 40 years and now run Stargazers B&B and Astronomy Tours.

Over that time I have been involved in several community groups including the Fire Brigade (over 35 years), Rings Beach Wetland Group, Kuaotunu Hall Committee, MB Area School Board of Trustees, Kuaotunu Domain Board and also on the MB Historical Society committee for over 20 years.  Time permitting I also help out with Kauri 2000 planting and volunteer at the Coromandel I-Site.

Having been a KRRA committee member at various times over the last 30 years I am standing again as I feel it is an organisation that deserves input from a dedicated group of locals with a diverse range of ages, backgrounds and interests. 

Only then can we ensure that Kuaotunu develops the way we want it to; rather than the way our local or regional councils think it should.

Carolyn Gibbs (current Committee Member)

Nominated by Kathy Speirs, seconded by Brent Page

I am a current KRRA committee member, I would like to stand again for re-election to continue the work we have commenced as a group. 

I am a local resident and work as a School Counsellor at Mercury Bay Area School.  My educational background comprises a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, as well as being certified in Occupational Safety and Health Management.  I have previous experience on many committees and am involved in the TCDC Community Response Planning around local emergencies. 

I am passionate about giving back to the community I live in, and in being involved in ensuring voices truly representative of those who reside in a place are heard on decisions affecting them – “not about us, without us”.

Craig Lidgard

Nominated by Carolyn Gibbs, seconded by Keith Goodall

I would like to stand for election to the KRRA committee.

My parents bought land at Rings Beach in the ‘60’s and we moved to live at Rings in the 70’s. I am a school teacher and have taught at MBAS since 1993. Natelle and I have raised our family at Rings Beach and I passionately believe in looking after our special place.

I have been involved in several community groups over the years including Beach Care and the Kuaotunu Fire Brigade. I feel I could bring a Rings Beach voice to KRRA.

Kate Nielsen (current Secretary)

Nominated by Mel Asquith, seconded by Dan Asquith

My family and I have lived in Kuaotunu for 16 years. I love being involved in the community and believe strongly in serving the natural beauty, quirky & diverse population, and village feel that we are lucky to call home.

I have been on the KRRA committee for 2 years, and I am standing again because I think the committee is making great improvements in openness and communication with the wider community; and is making progress with some important projects, such as refreshing our Community Plan and making sure Kuaotunu is recognised as a unique and strong voice in the broader scope of the Mercury Bay area.

Brent Page (current Chair)

Nominated by Keith Goodall, seconded by Lise Hermansen

Lise and I have owned property in Kuaotunu since 1988 and been permanent residents since 2000. My career experience was in the IT industry over 30 years, 25 of which was as CEO/Shareholder of Connect NZ. CNZ was NZ’s largest, privately owned ICT company, with 185 employees and offices in Akl, Ham, Wgtn & CHCH.

During the period 2010-2014, I chaired Destination Coromandel and from 2012 to 2016, I chaired TCDC’s Economic Development Committee. After being elected in April 2018, I have been a member of the current committee.

Lise and I continually remind ourselves how blessed we are to be able to live in Kuaotunu Village and are keen to ensure that our natural environment is preserved and enhanced and that the wonderful, creative and unique individuals that make up our Community all have a voice in our future together.

Carrie Parker

Nominated by Brent Page, seconded by Lise Hermansen

I moved back to New Zealand as a permanent resident in 2006, having chosen Kuaotunu as my home.  My career was IT and Project Management, and on retiring I decided to get involved in community activities that would combine my work skills and my love of the environment we live in.  Charlie and I were welcomed into this wonderfully supportive community and made many new friends.

I was a member of the KRRA committee for 6 years, 3 years of which I was Chairperson.  I have been an active member of the Rings Beach Wetland group for over 6 years and am the coordinator of the trapping teams.  I am Chair of the Kuaotunu Hall Committee and I am very proud of all the committee has achieved – both before and since my appointment.  Volunteering with these groups is very rewarding and I am ready to contribute again as best I can as part of KRRA.

Bruce Pilkington

Nominated by Keith Goodall, seconded by Chris Westley

Marilyn and I have owned a property in Bluff Rd since 2006. Prior to that we owned and operated two dairy farms in the North Waikato. I have lived here permanently for the last ten years. 

During our time here we have been active in the establishment and as one of six directors of the Kuaotunu Camp Ground. I have also have been involved in the local fire brigade (FENZ) and am presently Station Officer. I am a keen fisherman.

I would like to see pedestrian access between Kuaotunu West and the village made safer for the many families who are also shareholders and visitors, especially during the busy summer months.

Luke Reilly (current Committee Member)

Nominated by Kathy Speirs, seconded by Brent Page

Standing for the committee means a lot to me as I would like to have an input into the present and future of Kuaotunu. 

Being lucky enough to have grown up in this area, but experience work and travel around different parts of the world, has given me a huge appreciation of how special our community and environment is in Kuaotunu.

I believe in keeping Kuaotunu......Kuaotunu. 

Kathy Speirs (current Treasurer)

Nominated by Janet Clark, seconded by Elisabeth Resl

My professional background is in IT, business development and financial management. 

My interests are varied but include flower gardening, conservation, and native bush restoration. I am a member of the Rings Beach Wetland group and a Project Kiwi volunteer courier driver.

I am currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Hall Committee as well as the KRRA Treasurer. In the last 12 months I have been pleased to deliver phase 2 of the Kuaotunu community website, and have played a key role in the production of many of the community newsletters.

I am passionate about communicating as widely as possible with the members of our community, as I believe that the more our community is involved, informed and consulted, the better chance KRRA has of understanding and representing their views and aspirations.