Candidate Profile, Tauranga City Council For Mayor and Councillor at Large
I was honoured to become your Deputy Mayor when I was voted onto Council in 2013. I have thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic experience of local government, working hard to fulfil my promise to address Council debt (currently down by 20%*) and reduce rates rises (almost halved**). I am proud of the wise investments this Council has made to further our collective wellbeing.
Now I want to step up and be your Mayor. The champion for your city.
Tauranga needs a progressive and visionary leader. I feel well-equipped to continue successfully managing our unprecedented growth, and secure a prosperous future for everyone.
As your Mayor my focus will be investment and innovation. I will set clear direction for the city and the Council, as a constructive, consensus-building leader. I will be a Mayor who helps your councillors get things done in very positive and proactive ways.
Our keys to success as a city will be innovation, collaboration and celebration.
If you share my vision that Tauranga is New Zealand’s most sustainable and desirable city for raising a family, building a business or career, and enjoying life, vote Kelvin for Mayor, Clout for Council.
* June 2016 net debt compared to June 2013 net debt. Note that net debt is expected to rise again due to significant infrastructure investment over coming years
** Average annual rate rises 2013/14 – 2016/17 compared to 2005/06 – 2013/14
Employment / Business history
Current Deputy Mayor, Tauranga City Council (3 years)
Current Owner and Director of two local businesses (with my wife Kathryn): Fleur Foods and The Treehouse Private Kindergarten (13 years)
General Manager, Pinto Fruit Juice Company, Tauranga (6 years)
Sales and Marketing Manager, Intermilk, Tauranga (7 years)
Sales and Product Manager, Pacific Dairy Products, Auckland (4 years)
Chairman, Food Bay of Plenty industry cluster
President, NZ Juice and Beverage Association
Elder and Treasurer, Elim Christian Centre, Tauranga
Bachelor of Management Studies (Honours), double major in Marketing and Accounting, University of Waikato
Head Boy and Dux at Tauponui-a-tia College, Taupo