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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, September 18, 2013 --- 11 Vote for a wealth of experience ADVERTORIAL 124486 Having served in two countries as a nurse, Rosa Chow prides herself on being in touch with the needs of the people at a grass-roots level. The Half Moon Bay resident is now hoping to take that service to the next level in her local community as a member of the Coun- ties Manukau District Health Board. No stranger to the board, the former nurse and midwife has been on the District Health Board's community panel for several years and says she is more than familiar with current health issues in the local commu- nity. "A healthy population is a happy one and I would like to promote better access to treatment and see more people take ownership of their health." In addition to her nursing career which spanned three decades, the mother of two adult children is also an educator. 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SHOP ONLINE for an extensive range of Men's & Women's clothing, shoes & accessories By David McPherson INDEPENDENT candidate for the Howick Local Board, Neelam Choudary, believes the ethnically diverse Botany subdivision needs someone to stand up for it. As an immigrant herself, she says it’s important the migrant popula- tion of Botany is represented by someone who understands their issues at local board level. “At the time of the 2006 Census, 52.6 per cent of Botany residents were born in countries other than New Zealand. “I’m standing to make sure their voice can be heard alongside the wider community,” she says. With a banking background and voluntary membership of a number of ethnic community groups, Mrs Choudary believes she can offer an alternative point of view. “I’m also a strong believer in ratepayers’ money being spent on things that are important to their communities and encouraging healthy lifestyles for residents.” Among her ideas to promote healthy lifestyles are a local market offering fresh produce and making entry to the ward’s pools free to encourage people to use them. “A local market would help peo- ple to eat more healthily, while swimming is great exercise,” says Mrs Choudary. “I believe we need to protect our existing public parks, plant more trees and take responsibility for our environment. “If people feel comfortable where they live they are more likely to take advantage of outdoor areas, again improving their health and lifestyles.” Looking to the future, Mrs Chou- dary thinks Botany can be devel- oped as a tourism gateway to East Auckland, a move that would bring fnancial benefts to the Howick ward. “Ultimately, I hope to help the board develop sustainable, equita- ble communities with good, well paid jobs.” On the rates front, she says annual increases of more than the rate of infation are unacceptable. “The local board and Auckland Council must get the balance right when it comes to setting rates.” Mrs Choudary describes local government as a “contest of ideas”. “It’s important that all board members are working in harmony. Disagreement is okay, but confict is not. “Each board member will have their own point of view and they need to respect that decisions are made democratically.” Married with daughters aged 15 and seven, Mrs Choudary has lived in Botany for 13 years. “I fell in love with the green, open spaces, both in the Botany Town Centre and in the surround- ing parks.” If elected, she plans to hold regular meetings with the people of Botany, to take their views and concerns to the local board and to provide feedback on decisions that have been made. “We have to remember we’re representing the people, and need to keep them informed.” Mrs Choudary stood in the Bot- any subdivision for the Howick Local Board in 2010. Advocating financial prudence and health Neelam Choudary is an Independent candidate for the Howick Local Board in the Botany subdivision. Photo supplied 3Elections 2013 Your city, your votes "I'm standing to make sure their voice can be heard alongside the wider community."
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