It’s official – ROCC have decided to stand a candidate in the Auckland local body elections. Our nominee for Auckland Council in the Manukau Ward is Brendan Corbett, longtime Mangere resident.
Brendan is a qualified builder and teacher and is currently Acting HOD of Technology at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate. He has been married to his wife Kahoa for 38 years and together they have raised four daughters and three mokopuna. Brendan is a keen sportsperson and helped to establish the New Zealand Transplant Games Association, following his own successful kidney transplant in 1986. He has represented New Zealand four times at the World Transplant Games and remains a keen cyclist and athlete. Building on his own transplant experience, he is involved in a Counties Manukau District Health Board campaign to increase Maori & Pasefika organ donation. Brendan is also an integral part of the Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) campaign to stop development on sacred land at Ihumatao. In his spare time, Brendan works at the Mangere Mountain Education Centre in the traditional mara kai growing kumara and taro, or can be found paddling waka on the Manukau Harbour. Brendan is a real community person and will be an excellent representative for Manukau Ward.
Vote Brendan Corbett: a strong community voice on Auckland Council
Protect Ihumatao: honour Auckland’s heritage and parks
Housing: available and affordable
Public transport: free and frequent
Rail to the airport: now
Democracy: make it work
Liquor and gaming: reduce and control
Community facilities: build and improve
Friday 2nd September – Manukau Train Station – 7.30am
Ride with Brendan from Manukau Train Station to Westfield and back again!
We’ll be chatting with commuters about the issues that matter to them. Will you jump on the ROCC train?
Respect Our Community Campaign(ROCC) was set up in 2013 in opposition to the East West Link – a motorway proposed to be put through the communities of Mangere and Otahuhu. After we stopped that, we decided to keep our group going.
Now we are exploring the possibility of putting candidates forward for the 2016 local body elections. We feel that this will give ROCC a stronger voice and a better way to advocate for Mangere-Otahuhu.
ROCC have always been about community for community so we’d love to hear your thoughts about this proposal. ROCC is really open to your input. Maybe you’d like to stand as a candidate? Maybe you have some skills and/or time you’d like to contribute to this campaign?
At this stage this is only an idea. If you think it’s a good one – let ROCC know and show your support by:
– Coming to our public meeting on the 11th of February, 2016 at 7pm, Mangere East Community Centre, 372 Massey Road, Mangere East (behind the Mangere East Library)
– Sharing this blog post on social media
– Connecting with ROCC on Facebook and Twitter
– Filling in this quick survey