Why I’m standing
In the Media
TONY’S TRACK RECORD
Protect Shore lifestyle
Chelsea Regional Park
Further Harbour Crossing Stormwater & Sewerage
Parks & Open Space
No Whenuapai Airport
Fair Allocation of Funds
Community NeedsThe Elderly
The Local Economy
I was born and grew up in Birkenhead, and later Northcote, and my wife Dinah (nee Fairburn) grew up in Devonport. We have lived on the Shore for most of our lives. We have two adult sons.
Skills for Running a city
Being involved in running a city is big business and requires business knowhow. My years as Chief Executive of the NZ Kiwifruit Authority in the early 1980s, when kiwifruit exports and total earnings increased exponentially, equipped me to deal with high-level financial matters, long-term strategic planning, marketing and public relations at national and international level. In that capacity and as Secretary of the International Kiwifruit Organisation, I visited many countries overseas and was chief presenter on kiwifruit standards to the OECD Standards Committee in Paris. I have gained further experience as CEO of the RNZSPCA and Chairman of Watercare.
As Marketing Consultant to the highly-acclaimed NZ Pavilion at the World Trade EXPO ’88 in Brisbane, I gained valuable experience in an event that was very much in the world’s eye.
As Chairman of Watercare Services Ltd, the organization that looks after Auckland’s bulk water supply, (and later Council representative on the Shareholders Representative Group, Watercare) I gained vital knowledge of the delivery of essential services to residents. Water is too important to be treated solely as a business.
My years working for the community have equipped me to understand the wide range of ‘people’ issues involved in running a city – traffic and transport, stormwater and sewerage, pollution, parks, community services and facilities.
In 2001, I was awarded the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) for Public
Service to NZ. I was earlier awarded the NZ 1990 Commemoration Medal for
services to NZ.
Local body experience
I have exceptionally wide local body experience:
Councillor, Northcote Borough, 1973-79
Member, Birkenhead/Northcote Community Board (1995-present) and Chair of Board’s Community Services Committee for 11 years.
Councillor, North Shore City (1995-present). In that role I have been: