Ko Taupiri te Maunga
Ko Waikato te Awa
Ko Potatau te Tangata
Ko Tainui te Waka
Ko Te Awamarahi me
Turangawaewae oku Marae
Ko Tilly Turner ahau
Kia ora, my name is Tilly Turner, I was born in Pukekohe and lived in Tuakau and Maramarua.
Hone is my husband, and we have a large family of seven daughters and our son is the (potiki) youngest, with our son in laws and daughter in law with many mokopuna grandchildren and growing numbers of mokopuna tuarua great grandchildren. We live in Ngaruawahia, and we built an intergenerational home where some of our adult children, mokopuna and until just recently a mokopuna tuarua live in our papakainga home. This home - housing model of living is my proven successful solution for whanau into the future.
I have lived in the Waikato District throughout my whole life. The Waikato is my tribal boundary that starts at Kawhia Harbour across to Katikati on the East Coast and as far North of Auckland to Mahurangi East and Western Coasts. I am totally committed to my Kiingitanga and Maori community and my commitment to being a local elected Councillor has brought a whole new environment and learning for me. I have strong skills to bring to my seat of Tai Runga Takiwa Maori o Waikato – The Maori seat for the upper Waikato District Council which takes me across five of the eight Wards in our Waikato District Council. I firmly believe “what’s good for Maori is good for everybody – if we care for our environment the environment will take care for us”. Climate Change is our biggest challenge in our country and globally today. For our grandchildren who are yet to be born our future environmental decision making is going to be crucial and essential to their futures.
I campaigned on three issues “Whanau – Whare – Whenua” I haven’t changed my focus they are still high on my priority list.
Whanau: whanau centred solutions is what I believe help in any situation – so my first goal is the Mana Whenua Forum where I am engaging with Marae (because Marae don’t move and our people understand which Marae they belong).
I am asking Marae to select a mandated person to represent their voice in their region clustered Marae Committee. This will bring the communications to the Council between the Maori voice in our communities. There are 37+ Marae and they will be clustered together into four separate groups, they will meet every six weeks where they can ask for support for things that happen around their region and Marae community with staff support. Staff can use individual representatives to inform projects, submissions, consents and hearings between Council and their Marae.
Whare: Intergenerational living is what I am advocating in opposition to variation three. This is a model that my whanau are living and the positive aspects of this type of living is rippling through to my mokopuna (grandchildren’s generation) who are becoming home owners and business owners.
Whenua: Maori owned land development – working with Maori communities to get their lands into productivity. This growth will create income for our Council. To look at why there are statutes that hinder the growth of our little bits of land that Maori in my community still own.
These are my plans for this triennium, and I am concentrating on one goal at a time so as to make sure programs stand up successfully.