Kelly Stratford - Swapping Heels For Gumboots In A Days Work
Far North District Councillor, Kelly Stratford (Ngāpuhi, Ngāi Te Rangi), spends her days tackling pressing community issues such as infrastructure, whilst wearing heels, but always has a pair of gumboots in her car for traipsing through wastewater treatment plants, investigating roading issues or stormwater site visits.
She was elected from the Bay of Islands-Whangaroa ward and chairs the Regulatory and Compliance committee, the District Licensing Committee and sits on all of council’s other committees. Stratford is also the council representative on Sport Northland, Disability Action Group and Taumarere River Liaison Group. She is also a trustee for her marae, Waikare Marae in the Bay of Islands.
Tautīnei asked her what her aspirations are for the 2022/2023 elections.
“My first aspiration is that more people get enrolled, and are interested in what the council does. That they vote and post off their voting forms in time or drop into one of the council service centers. And with John Carter retiring, I decided a couple years back that I would stand to be the mayor of the Far North. I see lots of opportunity in the changes that local government faces, and feel our district needs a leader that is open to real conversation on the future we face. I know how to work with families, communities and stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes” said Stratford.