Tamahere women vie for city seats


Two Tamahere women are candidates for Hamilton City Council seats in the October local body elections.

Business consultant and former TVNZ Hamilton manager Sharyn Cawood is the latest to announce her candidacy following the May announcement by former Silver Fern netballer Margaret Forsyth.

Cawood will promote Hamilton as the best place in New Zealand to live, reported the Waikato Times (not online).

The Hamilton-born grandmother of three, to stand in the Hamilton West ward, was brimming with ideas about how to grow the city while reducing its mounting debt, the paper reported.

Mrs Cawood said she would be happy to take on an unofficial role as the city’s marketing guru and promote the city as a “vibrant, entertaining, can-do city to families and businesses.”

Forsyth is one of 10 Rates Control candidates led by city councillor and mayoral candidate Roger Hennebry. The team will campaign on keeping the city’s rising debt under control but Forsyth said she was not afraid to go against the group if she was passionate on an issue.

She’s yet to decide about whether she supports Mr Hennebry’s views that plans for a fourth stadium in the city should be canned.

“The debt issue is huge and a real concern for me as a ratepayer. We have to live within our means and you can’t keep spending. The city council has a duty to provide core duties and services but anything significant on top of that has to be prioritised and considered.”

Forsyth, the St Paul’s Collegiate netball coach, said she was confident she had the skills needed to succeed in politics and said the opportunity had come at a time in her life when she was looking for a new challenge. She lives in Tamahere with her husband Brian Nabbs and two of her three sons, who are aged 21, 19 and 17.

Her career included playing for the Silver Ferns between 1979 to 1987, being a primary and physical education teacher and being in the police for five years.

Cawood, who lives in Tamahere with husband Gil, a rowing Olympian, has been a director of the Waikato Rugby Union, Sport Waikato, Tourism Waikato, Waikato Stadium Trust and the Hamilton Theatres Trust.

She told the Waikato Times she would encourage more New Zealanders to move to Hamilton, to follow the 8000 Aucklanders who made the shift from 2001 to 2006.

Another idea to improve the council’s coffers was to push out the city’s boundaries toward Ngaruawahia in the north and Te Awamutu in the south to target residents already using the city’s services.

One thought on “Tamahere women vie for city seats

  • August 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    What a great community website!
    The upcoming elections are very important and are attracting lots of good candidates. I am standing for re-election to Environment Waikato and would be happy to hear from Tamahere residents about thier concerns and desires. I am a strong advocate for the Halo project (and other biodiversity projects), passenger transport (look out for the improved Cambridge-Hamilton bus ideas) and clean water for our region.


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