The recent local body elections are a win for climate action. Congratulations to Climate Change Tai Tokerau Northland Trust trustees Carol Peters and Anna Murphy for their election to Whangarei District Council (WDC) seats. Carol was also elected to the Northland DHB.
This is Anna’s second term on the Whangarei District Council. She represents the Hikurangi Coastal Ward and is a staunch supporter for climate related issues. She was one of the Councillors instrumental in the last Council declaring a climate emergency. Anna also worked hard to ensure sustainability clauses were included in the Council’s procurement policy and that the Council committed to level 5 Green Star for the planned WDC building. Anna walks the climate action talk. She was an early adopter of electric vehicles.
Carol Peters was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in 2018. She is a passionate and effective advocate for environmental and social justice, and those who know her admire her can-do attitude. This was recently exemplified by her leading the establishment of the Open Arms day centre to support the city’s homeless. Read more about Carol here.
Results in other elections are also good for climate action. New Northland Regional Council members Jack Craw, Amy MacDonald and Marty Robinson all have strong environmental credentials. Yesterday Penny Smart, a regenerative farmer from the Northern Wairoa was voted chair of the NRC.
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