Standing for service

by Paul Campbell

A life and times in the Kaipara have placed me in a good position to continue my community service to this vibrant community, and I am now standing for election to the Northpower Board of Trustees.

I grew up on the family farm behind Tokatoka and first served on the board of trustees at Ruawai College from 2002 to 2014 and also as chair for eight years. It was a great time seeing this school roll grow in a reducing population and at the same time placing it on a sound financial footing.

I have served on the Northland Beef Council as chair and as chairman of the combined Sheep and Beef Council — then Beef and Lamb for a total of 15 years.

I also served on Kaipara District Council for two years and had wastewater, planning, youth and education portfolios. Problems we inherited included the huge debt from the Mangawhai sewage system cost overrun and the poor quality of audit reports. This was a time when the council stopped making losses.

I was on our local A&P show committee for about 28 years and joined the Northland Field Days committee five years ago. I got married in 1988 to Lurline, and we have three children, Peter who runs Blackwell Contract Fencing while Suzanne was at Dunedin University and now works in Auckland Hospital and Kevin has studied horticulture at Northland Polytechnic in Whangarei.

My hobbies are bridge, currency trading and growing good-quality pastures. I need to thank Lurline as an understanding wife who keeps the home fires burning.