Councillor standing down
by Paul Campbell
Kaipara District Councillor Libby Jones has announced she will not be standing for re-election for council in the upcoming local body elections but will stand again for the Northland District Health Board.
“It has been an amazing experience being a councillor for the district, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity. I believe I have been a hard-working councillor and have contributed positively in decision-making and as an Otamatea Ward representative,” she said, adding she has other work, governance, community and family commitments and while she has cut back on some of these, cannot continue with them all.
“After weighing it all up, the Northland District Health Board aligns better with my health and social services work, passion for people and improving their lives. I like to give 100% to whatever I do, so feel it is not right to re-stand as a district councillor as well.
“The current government review of health and disability services will bring some changes, and I would like to be part of determining how they will improve the health of Northlanders, particularly in rural areas.
“I am chair of the DHB Community Public Health and Disability Committee, and I am passionate about this area in focussing on the prevention of ill health and improving wellbeing across primary care.”