Progress focus for new Ōtaki Community Board member

“Newly elected Ōtaki Community Board member Marilyn Stevens says although she is a newcomer to the community board, she is not a newcomer to Ōtaki.”

“My husband Wayne and I have lived in Te Horo for a decade and prior to our shift here we used to holiday with our children at Byrons Resort, Ōtaki Beach. We live on a 10 acre lifestyle block and have a 92 acre run-off farm down the road. I work as Office Manager for the local electrician Paul Pearce Electrical Ltd. I am a keen Rotarian being the first woman President of the Rotary Club of Ōtaki, Assistant Civil Defence Co-Ordinator for Te Horo.”

Ms Stevens says she loves working for the good of the community and is looking forward to working with Don Moselen, James Cootes, Penny Gaylor and Colin Pearce.

“I have a vision of seeing the railway line electrified to Ōtaki and railcars being introduced to run a more regular commuter service between Palmerston North and Ōtaki.

“I accept that the Expressway is the right thing for our town, we can’t stand in the way of progress. I will lose about 12 acres of my own land but feel this is our opportunity to do something great without losing the character of our small town. I am keen to make sure the retail sector is protected during the roading and expressway development with adequate signage, parking and advertising in place during and after the completion of the roadworks.”