Gran keen to help our 'paradise'

By Christine McKay

Maria Edwards is passionate about Dannevirke and now wants to give back to our town by standing for the community board in the upcoming local body elections.

Born and bred in Dannevirke, Mrs Edwards, a local businesswoman, said she believes by being on the community board she can help event organisers utilise all the resources in our area.

"You don't have to go and look for paradise - it's here," she said. "We've got a wonderful town and great beaches and rivers. What more can you ask for?"

Mrs Edwards said she would like to see more community board involvement with young people.

"It's not what we want, it's what they want," she said. "I love a challenge and am a family-orientated person, with old fashioned standards. I believe people and families are Dannevirke's strengths."

As a mother and a grandmother, Mrs Edwards said she's always been passionate about Dannevirke.

Canon Tim Delaney is also standing for the community board, along with three current members, Carole Isaacson, Bob Dresser and Ross MacDonald. Chairman Ray Teahan is standing down.

Mr MacDonald, who has been on the community board for one-and-a-half terms, said at the last election no one wanted to put their hand up for the community board. "It was either they couldn't care less, or were happy with what we were doing," he said.

He described the Dannevirke Community Board as a small group who all had a very personal interest in our town. "I think we can probably do things differently. I retired in March ... so I've more time to devote to the community board."

Nominations for this year's local body elections close at noon on Friday, August 16.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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