Environmental News examines their ‘green’ credentials
|Each candidate was asked this same set of
Q.1: What is the primary reason you are standing for the CB?
Q.2: What would you do to support local environmental groups if you
were voted onto the Community Board?
Q.3: What stance do you think the Community Board should take on
Q.4: How much priority do you give environmental issues in the
scheme of things?
Q.5: Do you think Great Barrier Island would benefit from having no
Candidate: Wayne Anderson
Profile: Aged 43, a full-time resident who has lived here for the past
thirteen years. He is currently running a charter fishing business, has
been involved with the volunteer fire force, and is the present skipper
of the Tryphena-based rescue craft.
Q.1: I am a little worried about the way the island is headed. I think
that those who live in the community need to be on the board, to be able
to ‘put their five cents worth in’.
My concerns are with the declining (full-time) population and with the
real estate speculation that is going on.
Q.2: I would help them with funding issues which I think is important,
and I would attempt to steer (such) environmental initiatives into
employing local people.
Q.3: I think consultation is very important, that local community are
adequately consulted on any decision that the CB makes. I would need to
address each environmental issue separately.
Q.4: Very high.
Q.5: Yes I do but I have concerns about 1080 (as a method of
eradication) and feel that everyone must be happy before such methods
are used. But for the community having no rats would be fantastic. I am
sick of rats damaging my house.
Secondly, although I do not see Tourism as the most important industry
on the Island, (an eradication of rats) will certainly enhance the
eco-island image and make for a more saleable tourism destination.
Candidate: Izzy Fordham
Profile: Izzy has had one term as a CB member, is 53 years old, a full
time land-owning resident of some 18 years, who manages the Claris
Q.1: Because I believe it is absolutely vital for Great Barrier Island
to retain its identity. I’m passionate about this place.
Q.2: I would like to support such community initiatives providing there
was transperancy and communication. These would be the prime things I
would look for. Once you have this, then you would have both the
community and the board on side.
Q.3: The Board is able to adopt two positions: it can help initiate
ideas; and also act in a supporting role as well. The magic thing is
marrying them all together. Once you have a united voice then you have a
lot of strength .
Q.4: Environmental issues are important to me, that is why I live where
I do. But it’s not just about flora and fauna, but also about humans and
finding a balance that works.
Q.5: The obvious answer is yes but, we would need people to maintain the
programme. We have such a large and diverse population (with many
transient persons) that I don’t know whether total eradication is
possible. I wonder whether that goal is too high and too demanding and
perhaps a management approach would be a better initial move. I am a
firm believer in setting goals that you can achieve.
Candidate: Richard Somerville-Ryan
Profile: Richard is a permanent resident of GBI for the last year, but a
landowner since the nineties, who has considerable experience overseas
as a consultant.
Q.1: I am standing in order to try to get a district plan for Great
Barrier which is fair and workable. I am concerned that next year the
district plan is coming up for review and that without representatives
focused on the needs of the community we may “miss the boat” in a
Q.2: I would give groups an opportunity to bring proposals to the
community board where they could use that forum to ensure widespread
community consultation for their ideas, and avoid the alienation that
has occurred over issues in the past.
Q.3: I think the community board has to provide above all, a forum where
issues can be debated, to ensure no one group proceeds without adequate
Q.4: Personally I give environmental issues an extremely high priority,
but I am personally frustrated at the bureaucratic impediments and costs
that Auckland City impose on my own environmental initiative here on
Visions are easy but here in a population that feels itself threatened,
getting collective community buy-in to the technical side of an
eradication is another story. Nobody likes rats but nor do I support
huge poison drops. Is it possible to have a rat free island — I hope so,
How do we get there — I really don’t know the answer to that one.
Candidate: Paul Downie
Profile: Paul is a permanent resident of GBI, a landowner and immediate
past member of the Community Board, a keen scuba diver, fisherman and
Q.1: I was prepared to stand for a second term but also needed the
support of Geraldine, my wife. She kindly lodged my nomination papers
with Council at the 11th hour. It’s a very time consuming task,
especially with the new proposed district plan. We are very much under
resourced and thin on the ground for representatives to deal with the
submission process. This district plan will define the economic future
for the island through to 2020 — it’s a huge issue (to deal with).
Q.2: At a personal level we have contracted LWHT in the past to
undertake predator control on our own properties and since moving to the
Island have undertaken this activity ourselves. With our encouragement
our neighbouring properties are now doing the same. I would certainly
encourage and support others with similar endeavours.
Q.3: I think the CB does have a special role — we have groups right
throughout the community approaching the CB for support and advocacy.
But at the end of the day the CB does not have much political power — it
is there in an advocacy role and in representing the interests of this
community at large.
Q.4: As 70% of the Island is controlled by the Department of
Conservation, and realistically without any other initiatives we would
see much of the Island reverting to its natural state. There is however
a need for this to be balanced against the need for economic activity,
not just a one-eyed focus on environmental protection at the expense of
people’s ability to make a living on the Island.
Q.5: That is something that I don’t know. With the district plan that is
with us at the present time, there are controls and rules that almost
require a resource consent for any activity. That is a very expensive
and onerous task that most simply cannot afford. Total eradication of
rats may well bring another level of controls and rules on top of that
which could make it just about impossible to live here.
Without knowing the extent of those regulations I could not say.
For a Community Board representative the issue is primarily trying to
balance the competing interests of different parties on the Island. That
is the challenge.
Candidate: Gordon Barrett
Profile: Age 45, a full time resident and land-owner of Tryphena since
I am concerned for the implementation of a fair and equitable district
Q.2: I think environmental incentives should be provided to landowners
to create win-win situations rather than implied threats of loss of
Q.3: As a representative of this community, I think there is a need to
communicate with special interest groups within the community — pretty
much most of the people on this island have conservation views
Q.4: Personally I see it as quite a high priority and but I see persons’
rights and property rights as paramount.
Q.5: I would like to see my property rat-free one day — but it is the
methodology (for an eradication) that must be agreed upon by all the
landowners on the island.
Candidate: Christina Spence
Profile: Christina is well known for her work with Aotea Family Support
Group - aged 38, and a resident of GBI for some 27 years.
want to make a difference in this community and be a voice (on the
Board) for members of the public.
Q.2: This would depend on what they present at the time — it would be on
a case by case basis.
Q.3: Without juristiction or political power in the matter I think they
(the CB) should keep their nose out of it, as there are lots of other
agencies available but I think the Board definitely has a role to play
in Community consultation in such issues.
Q.4: Very high.
Q.5: Definitely it would. However adequate face to face consultation
would be essential for community acceptance.
Candidate Mickey O’Shea declined to answer the questions.
Candidate: Teresa Manion-Wood
Teresa has been a teacher and resident and ratepayer on GBI for some 15
years, has had previous experience in hospital administration and local
Q.1: I care about the island strongly, in particular about the people.
Being on the community board is one way I can help people and help
strengthen the fabric of our community.
Q.2: I would listen carefully to their concerns, and keep myself versed
with their meeting agendas and minutes so that I could be well informed
of their endeavours.
understanding is that as people we are part of the natural world, and it
is in our interests (and in our future generations’ interests) that we
care for our environment, as it is the very cocoon that feeds and
Q.4: I don’t think it is a matter of ‘taking a stance’. First and
fore-most is taking care of the Island, and as part of nature people are
part of that equation.
Q.5: I think the work of the Little Windy Hill Trust is providing an
example of the benefits of the removal of rats from the equation. Other
groups are also following their example. Any eradication procedures need
to be carefully balanced within the food chain and any side effects
carefully researched. The community must be allowed to make an informed