Claire Hutt for
Motueka Ward Councillor
Kia Ora, my name is Claire Hutt and I am VERY excited to be standing for Council for the Motueka Ward in this years local body elections.
A little bit about me....Originally from England, I moved to Motueka back in 2002 and have embraced the town ever since. I am a proud mother of two boys Matthew & Roman. I have a real connection with the Motueka communities through various projects and volunteering roles such as;
Our Town Motueka Coordinator, which involves liaising with local businesses, promoting the town and surrounding areas, organising the annual Starlight Christmas Parade, Festival of Lights, and the recent Matariki Festival working closely with Te Awhina Marae, Parklands School and the Nelson Astronomical Society.
Having been a committee member on Riding for the Disabled, Treasurer of the Motueka Junior Football Club, Chair of the Motueka District Toy Library, founding committee member of Boomerang Bags, and now a Trustee for Motueka Events Charitable Trust, a trained Marine Mammal Medic for Project Jonah, a Champion for Safe Families Motueka, and most recently elected on the Board of Trustees for Parklands School, I have the skills, compassion and governance to be a leader for our community around the council table.
My experience on the Motueka Community Board has proven to benefit the community by securing funding for the shade sails and new seating at Decks Reserve, the recently installed outdoor gym equipment at Memorial Park, playground upgrades, plus supporting many other local projects.
My career background is in banking, being a Senior Personal Banker and working for local banks in Motueka for over 10 years. Looking through financial reports is second nature to me. Looking after other peoples dollars is something I have vast experience in.
Applying for grants and local sponsorship to secure projects to come to fruition is another area I have years of experience with. I have made connections and networked with a variety of community grant providers and have established a good working relationship with them.
A New Energy... Being an effective advocate for our ward is a role I am already embracing, I now want to be officially at the table to make your vote count. Being honest and engaging to promote a caring inclusive community is extremely important to me.
Population growth has been significant and our infrastructure and facilities need help keeping up. The basics like footpaths, storm water and our roads need serious attention to meet the demands of our increasing population.
Housing....The current archaic rules and regulations for building consents and covenants on subdivisions desperately need revising to allow our families to secure their own homes. Allowing the option of tiny homes or 2-storey town house apartments. Changing the % quota allowed for section purchases by property developments. For example new subdivisions which in the past have been marketed as ‘affordable housing’ have been purchased by building companies with ‘turn-key’ packages which makes these homes unaffordable, rather than allowing a balanced % of these sections to be purchased by Joe Blow Public so they can build their own home to step onto the housing ladder, whether its a 3 bedroom home, a tiny house, apartment or whatever....we should have the choice!!!
Our environment needs our attention! Making changes at home and progressing across the region. Start Local, Impact Global! Motueka's economy is also a focal point, promoting us as a destination and supporting Motueka as an attractive, safe and prosperous place for families to be.
In times of emergency I am apparently the ‘go to person’. The morning after Cyclone Gita, receiving a phone call from a resident in Riwaka. She was beside herself and felt completely overwhelmed with what faced her and her family....she rang ME! “I don’t know who to contact or what to do, so I thought I would ring you”, as Claire would be there for us. The volunteer clean up crew was established that morning with SOS calls over social media and numerous messages, emails and phone calls. Weeks and weeks of blood, sweat and tears to help and support our residents who so desperately needed not just physical help but also emotional support and acknowledgement for what had just happened.
The Pigeon Valley Fires..... I received a phone call at 8pm on a Saturday evening when I was spending a weekend away with friends. This phone call was from a MoTEC staff member. She wanted to help volunteer fire fighters and evacuated residents by providing meals on a large scale. She said I know you are the right person to call and you will help and you will action this and make it happen. By 10am the next morning we had 70+ people volunteering at MoTEC by cooking meals, donating ingredients, or offering transport to Saxton Fields for delivery.
For a new energy.... make your vote count, vote Claire Hutt !