Media release: Doubling of housing waiting list shows need for urgent action on housing crisis

Kāpiti Coast mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton can reveal that the number of applications on the Public Housing Register in Kāpiti has more than doubled in the past two years, with Housing New Zealand failing to keep up with growing demand. The news highlights the district’s worsening housing crisis and shows that urgent action needs to be taken by both central government and Kāpiti Coast District Council to address the issue.

“With the number of applications on the Public Housing Register more than doubling from 40 in January 2017, to 98 in January 2019, and the Government only looking to add an additional 40 social housing places in Kāpiti, it’s clear that not enough is being done to address Kāpiti’s worsening housing crisis. We urgently need new leadership in Kāpiti to work with the Government and ensure vulnerable families in Kāpiti have roofs over their heads, and also to bring rapidly rising house prices and rents under control by increasing the overall supply of housing,” says Mr Compton.

If the sharp growth in the Public Housing Register over the past two years isn’t concerning enough, Kāpiti’s housing crisis is poised to only get worse, with Transmission Gully opening in late 2020 and creating even more demand on Kāpiti’s housing stock.

“It’s not good enough for Mayor K Gurunathan to pass the buck on providing social housing to central government. Other councils in our wider region continue to demonstrate that local government can and should play a meaningful role in this space, especially when working in partnership with central government,” says Mr Compton.

Gwynn Compton is also raising concerns over the lack of action on the recommendations from the Kāpiti Coast Communities Housing Taskforce, who presented a report on Kāpiti’s housing crisis to Council in August 2017.

“Nobody is pretending Kāpiti’s housing crisis can be fixed overnight, or that Kāpiti can deal with it on our own. But this crisis can’t be solved unless meaningful action is taken, or the recommendations from groups like the Kāpiti Coast Communities Housing Taskforce aren’t acted on with a sense of urgency.

“Nearly two years have been wasted waiting for Kāpiti Coast District Council to show some leadership on the housing crisis. Meanwhile, people are being forced out of Kāpiti by fast rising house prices and rents, and more and more vulnerable families are paying the price for Council inaction.”

Media release: Council needs to re-engage with community to save economic development strategy

After hearing concerning reports about the state of Kāpiti Coast District Council’s ongoing economic development strategy refresh, mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton is urging Council to re-engage with the working group involved in drafting the new strategy before tens of thousands of dollars are wasted on a strategy that the community doesn’t support.

I understand that an initial draft of the new economic development strategy was originally due to be presented to Council’s Operations and Finance Committee last week before being pulled before the agenda was finalised. What’s more, the working group of volunteers from the community were left in the dark about what was happening and didn’t even get any thanks for their substantial contribution to the process until after the lack of any formal acknowledgement was raised,” says Mr Compton.

“I also understand that the depth of frustration from those involved is such that both Mayor K Gurunathan and CEO Wayne Maxwell have received several emails ann letters raising significant concerns about how the economic development strategy refresh has been handled.”

With Kāpiti facing substantial change in the coming years with the completion of projects like Transmission Gully and Peka Peka to Ōtaki meaning the loss of hundreds of related jobs combined with rapid population growth, Gwynn Compton says getting Kāpiti’s economic development strategy right and having community support for its implementation is more critical than ever.

“In order to thrive in the years ahead and have opportunities for our young people to call Kāpiti home, we need to have a diverse and vibrant economy. We can’t rely on just being a retirement mecca or a coffee stop for tourists as some believe. We have massive opportunities to grow our tourism, technology, creative industries, and food and beverage sectors while using our aged-care and retail sectors as a solid base to support that growth,” says Mr Compton.

“But efforts to do that have been hampered in the past by economic development strategies that don’t have the support of the community, an inability for Council to retain experienced staff, and a lack of ambition or vision for our district from our leaders. We cannot afford to get this wrong again, and I urge Council to get the economic development strategy working group back around the table and to pursue their recommendations, especially for an independent governance model for the strategy that would help create a community-led approach to economic development in Kāpiti.”

Media release: 9 percent rates hike from GWRC unacceptable

Kāpiti Coast mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton has criticised Greater Wellington Regional Council’s (GWRC) proposed 9 percent rates hike for the Kāpiti Coast (excluding Ōtaki) as unacceptable, and says Kāpiti shouldn’t be paying to fix GWRC’s bus botch up in Wellington City.

“The proposed 9 percent increase in Greater Wellington Regional Council rates for most of the Kāpiti Coast is completely unacceptable. We’re essentially being asked to stump up extra cash to fix the bus botch up in Wellington City that GWRC caused in the first place with their utter failure of a new bus system,” says Mr Compton.

“It’s a real slap in the face for Kāpiti residents who have first endured Transdev being selected to run our commuter trains with the months of cancelled services that entailed due to a lack of staff and carriages, and now we’re being asked to pay even more to fix GWRC’s even bigger stuff up with their failed bus system? It’s not on.”

The 9 percent rates hike also highlights the under-representation that Kāpiti has on Greater Wellington Regional Council, with Kāpiti having the worst ratio of residents to councillors in the entire region.

“With Kāpiti only having one regional councillor for our 52,700 residents, we’re not being fairly represented at GWRC’s top table. There’s more to our region than just Wellington City, but the current structure of GWRC sees it too set in a mindset of thinking what’s good for Wellington is good for the region, which we know isn’t always the case,” says Mr Compton

“The extreme ratcheting up of rates like this might be more palatable if Kāpiti had adequate representation on GWRC so we had a better say in how our rates are spent, or if we had a commitment and timetable from the regional council for badly needed infrastructure projects such as extending commuter rail north to Ōtaki. As it is, it's hard to see what extra benefit Kāpiti will get out of GWRC's proposed cash grab.”

Media release: Community deserves to know if it paid towards defamation defence

Kāpiti Coast mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton is calling on the Kāpiti Coast District Council to be open and transparent on if and how much ratepayers may have been stung for in assisting Mayor K Gurunathan’s legal defence and subsequent settlement following the end of defamation action brought against the Mayor by Raechel and Vince Osborne of Waikane.

“Mayor K Gurunathan made local government openness and transparency a centrepiece of his 2016 campaign. With his apology being signed off as being in his role as Mayor, ratepayers deserve to know whether any of their money has been spent on the defence and settlement of this defamation case, and if so how much,” says Mr Compton.

“There has been some comment in media in the past that the Council carries defamation insurance, with a possible excess up to $10,000. With the Mayor’s full page advertisement in the Kāpiti News potentially costing up to $1,500, plus what could be significant legal costs on top of that, if we’ve had to help foot the bill for the Mayor’s defence we need to know what we’ve been forced to cough up.”

Mr Compton is also suggesting that Mayor K Gurunathan owes an apology to the wider Kāpiti Coast community too.

“Kāpiti deserves better than having residents needing to take defamation cases against elected representatives. Our Mayor should be able to listen and respond respectfully to criticism and disagreements from residents without it ending up in court.”

Media release: Community deserves proper consultation on Annual Plan

A proposal to seek only the bare minimum of public feedback required by law on the 2019/20 Annual Plan rather than undertaking a full and formal public consultation highlights the need for a fresh community-led approach at Kāpiti Coast District Council, says mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton

“With Kāpiti Coast District Council coming in for criticism in the past year with their ridiculous idea to borrow $30 million to gamble on the sharemarket, the Waikanae Library toxic mould debacle, and the attempt to sell Council assets by stealth, more scrutiny and public consultation on the 2019/20 Annual Plan should be the order of the day,” says Mr Compton.

While the proposal going to Council this week to not carry out a full consultation may be legally compliant with the Local Government Act, when faced with a similar situation on the second year of the previous Long Term Plan in 2016, Kāpiti Coast District Council opted to for a consultation process to ensure the community’s concerns were properly addressed.

“When Council is making decisions on where nearly $80 million of ratepayers’ money is spent each year, and there’s significant issues facing Kāpiti such as housing and rental affordability and how to deal with rapid population growth in coming years, it seems like a reasonable expectation that the Council would be seeking to engage and consult the community it serves as much as possible instead of trying to do the bare minimum required,” says Mr Compton.

“It’s disappointing that the current recommendation to Council for a truncated ‘feedback’ process on the Annual Plan seems to put the community’s views as an afterthought. A genuinely community focused Council would welcome proper consultation and be actively looking for ways to expand and improve the ways it consults with the people it’s there to represent and serve.”

Media release: Lack of Census 2018 data already hurting Kāpiti

With there still being no clarity on when data from Census 2018 will be available or how accurate it will be, Kāpiti Coast mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton says this raises concerns about how the lack of up-to-date information from the census may be impacting on Kāpiti’s access to central government funding for infrastructure projects and basic services such as education and healthcare.

“The New Zealand Transport Agency relied on Census 2013’s out-of-date population growth figures when they wrote their deeply flawed business case to cancel the Peka Peka interchange. This could well be the first of potentially many examples of how the lack of accurate and relevant data is costing us central government funding that's badly needed to support Kāpiti's growth,” says Mr Compton.

“We all know how much things have picked up since even before the opening of the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway, and we’re going to see population growth accelerate with the completion of Transmission Gully too. The unavailability and potential unreliability of data from Census 2018 opens up big questions about whether the right decisions are being made when it comes to funding to support Kāpiti’s growth.”

Gwynn Compton’s concerns about the lack of up-to-date and accurate census information also extend to much more fundamental services such as education and healthcare.

“Kāpiti’s school network is already badly over capacity, and with decisions on funding new classrooms, extra teachers, and more resources for the district needing to be made by central government, we deserve to have confidence that the population figures informing those decisions are up-to-date and accurate so Kāpiti gets its fair share,” says Mr Compton.

“This is just as important for access to healthcare, with it already being difficult enough to get a doctor’s appointment at the best of times, and demand only increasing for a full after hours medical and triage service in Kāpiti.”

Media release: Independent review needed into Waikanae Library toxic mould

Mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton is calling for an independent review of Kāpiti Coast District Council’s asset management practices following the news 16 years of issues with Waikanae Library didn’t sound any alarm balls before toxic mould was discovered in November 2018 and forced the library to be closed.

“The fact it still took four months of staff complaining about asthma like symptoms, on top of 16 years of issues with the Waikanae Library building, for Council to finally act raises serious concerns about the processes Kāpiti Coast District Council have in place for managing their assets,” says Mr Compton.

“Given this occurred over such a long period of time, and the cost of fixing the library has ballooned up to $2 million as a result of the failure to detect these major issues earlier, it’s difficult for the community to have confidence that Council is adequately equipped to investigate themselves over this. An independent review is needed to take an impartial look at what’s gone wrong and recommend changes to improve how Council operates.”

Gwynn Compton is also advocating that any review needs to cover off both Kāpiti Coast District Council’s asset management practices and look into why staff complaints about potential health issues caused by the toxic mould that was eventually discovered weren’t investigated sooner.

“Council staff deserve to work in a safe environment and based on what we’ve seen publicly it’s worrying that their concerns weren’t taken seriously sooner. That 27,000 books also need to be decontaminated also raises the question about whether any members of the public who used the library have been potentially exposed to toxic mould spores.”

Media release: Guru gets it wrong on Air NZ grandstanding

Kāpiti Coast mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton says current Mayor Gurunathan has gotten it badly wrong in telling Air New Zealand he wouldn’t welcome them back into Kāpiti, and the district’s mayor should be encouraging our national carrier to add new connections that complement the services already provided by Air Chathams.

“The short-sighted comments made by Mayor Gurunathan were petty and completely unnecessary, and they betray a lack of vision and ambition for Kāpiti from him,” says Mr Compton.

“Nobody is suggesting we roll out the red carpet for Air New Zealand after their sudden ditching of Kāpiti last year, but if they wanted to return to Paraparaumu and add new routes to new destinations, or services that complement the great job Air Chathams are doing, then we should be open to them doing so.”

Gwynn Compton also says that Air New Zealand returning to Kāpiti would be good for the district’s economy.

“Having more airlines providing more services to more destinations can only be a good thing for both Kāpiti’s overall economy as well as the long-term viability of Paraparaumu Airport,” says Mr Compton.

“Air Chathams have been doing a fantastic job since filling the gap left by Air New Zealand’s departure, but there are clear benefits from Air New Zealand returning to Kāpiti and the access to its wider travel network that would provide. If Kāpiti’s tourism, creative, food and beverage, and ICT industries are to reach their full potential, they need easy connections to more customers around the country and Air New Zealand’s return would help provide that.”

Media release: Two empty houses won’t hide Mayor’s two years of inaction on housing

Mayor Gurunathan’s finding of two empty Housing New Zealand properties in Kāpiti won't hide two years of inaction and failed leadership from him on housing affordability and social housing, says Kāpiti Coast mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton.

It’s been two years since Mayor Gurunathan called his housing taskforce together for what was meant to be urgent action to address housing affordability in Kāpiti, yet all he has to show for this are recommendations that have sat at Council for 18 months with no meaningful action happening on the ground, and his discovery of two empty Housing New Zealand properties - both which have been left vacant while accessibility and contamination issues are dealt with,” says Mr Compton.

Gwynn Compton has also called out Mayor Gurunathan’s passing of the buck when it comes to responsibility for social housing, noting that had the Mayor’s actions lived up to his promises, Kāpiti Coast District Council could have had social housing and housing affordability policies in place already through either the annual plan or long-term plan processes.

“It’s simply not good enough for Mayor Gurunathan to throw up his hands and kick for touch on taking any responsibility for worsening housing and rental affordability and the lack of social housing. Had the Mayor been sincere about his concerns on housing affordability and availability two years ago then he could have had this addressed through either the 2017 Annual Plan or 2018 Long Term Plan processes. Instead it’s looking like we’re going to have to wait until after this year’s Annual Plan before his Council even starts considering the community’s view on the issue,” says Mr Compton.

“Meanwhile, more and more families and older residents are being squeezed out of Kāpiti by worsening housing affordability and a lack of social housing. How many more people will be forced to leave while they wait for the Mayor to show leadership and act with even the slightest hint of urgency?”

Questions also remain about the Mayor’s own role in supporting the sale of council-owned houses in December, when housing affordability and availability is such a crucial issue for so many in Kāpiti.

“Mayor Gurunathan can’t have this both ways - feigning concern for housing affordability and social housing when he’s helped force a large family out of their home through a short-sighted council decision that he’s believed to have supported. This only serves to reinforce my call for a moratorium on any sales of council-owned houses until a social housing policy can be developed and implemented,” says Mr Compton.

Media release: House sale delay a small step in right direction, moratorium on further sales needed

Mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton says news Kāpiti Coast District Council is set to delay the sale of at least one Council owned house by up to six months is an important step for ensuring locals aren’t forced out of Kāpiti.

“Since I first publicly raised this issue a month ago on social media, the pressure has been building on Council to walk back their decision to sell any Council-owned housing. With Council set to postpone the sale of one of the two properties they approved for sale last December, it’s a small but important victory in helping ensure those on low and fixed incomes aren’t forced out of Kāpiti by a worsening housing and rental crisis,” says Mr Compton.

With the Council also poised to finally undertake a long overdue look this year at how they can help tackle the housing and rental crisis in Kāpiti, Gwynn Compton is proposing a moratorium on all Council-owned housing sales until a full and proper social housing plan can be developed with the community.

“It’s now a year and a half since the Kāpiti Coast Communities Housing Taskforce reported back to Council and we’re still waiting to see meaningful action on the ground from their recommendations.

“Kāpiti needs to develop a full social housing plan in partnership with central government and community housing providers, and until that’s been done, there needs to be a moratorium on any further council-owned housing sales, as it makes no sense to sell houses that could feasibly play a role in social housing,” says Mr Compton.

Gwynn Compton has also noted that despite current Mayor Gurunathan voicing concerns about families being forced out of the district back in January 2017, questions remain about whether he originally supported this housing sale in Council, even though it would create the very situation he claimed to be worried about.

“Mayor Gurunathan rightfully campaigned last election for greater transparency and accountability from both Council staff and elected representatives. If the Mayor supported the original Council decision to sell this home and force a family out of the district - an outcome that flies in the face of the Mayor’s previous concerns - then he has some serious explaining to do to the people of Kāpiti.”

Update 1pm 14 February 2019

It’s understood that the proposal that would have postponed the sale for six months was pulled from today’s Council meeting agenda. The reasoning behind this is unclear, though it is hoped that this is so the sale can be cancelled entirely. However, with the next Council meeting not scheduled until 14 March, and the eviction noticed dated for 15 March, something needs to be confirmed soon to give the family in question certainty.

Peka Peka interchange community meeting details

NZTA have confirmed meeting details on the Peka Peka interchange decision. The community meeting will be:

Date: Thursday 31 January 2019
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Te Horo Community Hall.

Reading through the available information online reveals just how odd their rational for canning the interchange is, and shows that the interchange would have lowered the traffic volumes on local roads (which is contrary to the fears that some residents believe might have happened.

Peka peka interchange change in traffic flows

What’s interesting here is that the interchange would’ve reduced traffic on Peka Peka Road - this is because virtually nobody is driving up Te Moana Road and down the old State Highway 1 to get to Harrisons Gardenworld. Instead, they doing what NZTA has called a “rat run” through the streets of Waikanae Beach, hardly a good outcome for residents there.

The bigger issue though is north of Peka Peka, where residents of Te Horo and Te Horo Beach will face a choice of either taking an 8km detour down Te Moana Road and along the old SH1, or taking an 8 minute detour by driving past Te Horo north to Ōtaki, then doubling back to Te Horo.

As you can see from the above table, traffic through Main Street in Waikanae would also significantly drop with the interchange, this being because Te Horo traffic would no longer have to take the Te Moana interchange detour to get home.

Throw into the mix that they projected a 1.3 percent increase in traffic volumes, and instead they’ve been getting greater than 3 percent as the region is growing strongly. Peka Peka and particularly Te Horo are areas that, while planned to remain semi-rural, are seeing a big increase in the number of lifestyle blocks going in (seriously, go visit Te Horo Beach sometime soon). If we’re thinking about future proofing our infrastructure, it makes sense to build this all now to ensure that it’s able to cope with what’s coming, rather than having all that additional traffic going through residential streets in Waikanae.

It’s also worth noting that the preferred Peka Peka interchange option had a BCR of 1.5-2.1. The cheaper option had a BCR of 3.6. Interesting too, that the cheaper option came in at $10.4 million, versus $23 million to $28 million for the preferred option.

The more I look at the two options, it seems increasingly odd that the more expensive option was the preferred one. It’s almost as if NZTA picked the preferred, more expensive option, as a basis to allow it to fail with the lesser BCR, whereas the cheaper, $10.4 million option, would have likely delivered the same benefits…

Canning of Peka Peka interchange a short-sighted decision

The decision to not complete the Peka Peka interchange means that despite putting up with years of construction and disruption, residents of Peka Peka and Te Horo will see little or no benefit from the Expressway and the lack of an interchange will have negative impacts on Ōtaki and Waikanae too.

We need a Mayor who doesn't just sit there and accept bad decisions like this, but one who tirelessly fights for the infrastructure we need to be done right the first time.

Media release: Mayor Gurunathan's resigned acceptance of Peka Peka decision not good enough

Kāpiti mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton says the New Zealand Transport Agency’s decision to cancel the Peka Peka interchange is frustrating and has called out current Mayor Gurunathan’s timid response to the news as not good enough.

“I'm really frustrated by the decision from NZTA to axe the Peka Peka interchange and Mayor Gurunathan's resigned acceptance of its cancellation. His not fighting this decision to get the interchange built while the bulldozers are still there simply isn't good enough,” says Mr Compton.

"Too often we don't get these big infrastructure projects done right the first time and the people of Peka Peka and Te Horo are going to have endured years of disruption with very little benefit at the end of it."

The failure to build the interchange now also means that Waikanae will see more traffic on Te Moana Road and along the beach front, while Te Horo residents will be forced into inefficiently backtracking to Ōtaki.

"We need a Mayor who will be a relentless advocate for our region and make sure that Kāpiti gets the infrastructure it needs for the rapid growth we're experiencing,” says Mr Compton.

“With the land already available and just a northbound off-ramp and southbound on-ramp required, this will end up as a missed opportunity that will be regretted later.”

Why didn't common sense prevail earlier on $30m gambling fund?

It’s welcome news that Kāpiti Coast District Council is set to postpone their borrowing of up to $30 million to punt on the stock exchange, but the question has to be asked - why didn’t common sense prevail earlier?

As a council carrying a large debt, it should have been apparent early on to Council that borrowing $30 million to create the Kāpiti Investment Fund wasn’t a responsible risk to take on behalf of ratepayers. The Auditor-General noted that Kāpiti Coast District Council’s proposal was unusual and it’s apparent from the contents of the Auditor-General’s letter to the Council that they don’t appear to have fully appreciated the risks of the venture they were seriously considering undertaking.

Where these types of funds do exist, they are either created using the proceeds of some sort of windfall (such as an asset sale) or through borrowing undertaken by central government - who have far more scope to weather the downturns that periodically impact these types of investments. A local authority with low debt levels might also feasibly be able to look at something like this, though it’d still be the exception to accepted responsible practice.

None of these situations apply to Kāpiti Coast District Council.

As the council with the second highest level of debt per capita of all councils in New Zealand, we all appreciate that this heavy legacy of debt puts a squeeze on the fiscal options open to council to fund critical infrastructure.

But looking to borrow significantly more to invest in shares when the markets are especially volatile due to an uncertain global outlook, something that’s been apparent for the past couple of years, does not pass the basic test of common sense and shouldn’t have been allowed to progress so far.

The Productivity Commission is currently conducting an inquiry into the funding and financing of local government across New Zealand, as the pressures on council finances aren’t something unique to Kāpiti. We would have been far better served had Kāpiti Coast District Council directed their efforts to working with the Productivity Commission to find a more lasting solution to the wider issue of local government funding instead of creating the situation where ratepayers felt the need to write to the Auditor-General to raise concerns over this.

Media release: Gwynn Compton aims to bring fresh leadership to Kāpiti

Paraparaumu resident Gwynn Compton has promised to bring fresh leadership and a community-led approach to the Kāpiti Coast as he announced he is standing for Mayor, and as a Districtwide Councillor, in this year’s Kāpiti Coast District Council election.

Living in Paraparaumu with his wife, Renee, and their two young sons, Alex and Leon, Gwynn Compton’s campaign will focus on ensuring the Kāpiti Coast is prepared to make the most of the growth that will come with the completion of major roading projects next year, while preserving the great lifestyle people on the Kāpiti Coast enjoy.

“Kāpiti is one of the best places in New Zealand to live and raise a family, but with the completion of projects like Transmission Gully and Peka Peka to Ōtaki around the corner, we need to act now to make the most of the opportunities ahead while preserving the great lifestyle we love in Kāpiti,” says Mr Compton.

“We can’t build a wall or pretend that growth isn’t coming, but if we get ahead of the curve we can make it work for our community.”

Fuelling that concern is a sense there’s been a lack of urgency from the current Mayor and Council around planning for this growth, and ensuring that adequate infrastructure like housing, water, and transport options are in the pipeline to meet it.

“The Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway has already given us a taste of what’s to come, as its completion saw rapid house price growth and steep rent increases which shut first home buyers out of Kāpiti and hurt those on fixed and low incomes,” says Mr Compton.

“As a district with a high percentage of people on superannuation, they simply can’t afford for us to get this wrong again, especially as we’re already behind the eight ball in preparing for what’s to come.”

Another area of concern for Gwynn Compton is the local economy, which has been booming during recent major infrastructure projects, but faces an uncertain future as those draw to a close.

“How we manage the drop off in employment once Transmission Gully and Peka Peka to Ōtaki are finished is a major issue facing Kāpiti. We need an economy that’s diverse and delivers sustainable growth, more jobs, and higher incomes. To achieve that we need a more ambitious vision than being just a retirement mecca or a coffee stop for tourists passing through as some have suggested.” 

Gwynn Compton is also promising to fight tirelessly to get other infrastructure built and vital services provided to meet the needs of our growing population.

“I know that many in the community are frustrated by a lack of visible progress on important issues like access to a proper after hours medical service in Kāpiti, the lack of any time frame for Ōtaki to get better public transport connections, and the lack of a police station that is open on weekends. While these issues aren’t necessarily directly within Kāpiti Coast District Council’s control, I firmly believe that whoever is Mayor of Kāpiti needs to be a relentless advocate to central government on behalf of our communities.”

As part of the fresh community-led approach Gwynn Compton is campaigning to bring to the Kāpiti Coast District Council, he has also launched a survey to Kāpiti Coasters to share both what they love about Kāpiti, but also what they think are the major issues facing the district. The survey can be found at his new website -

“The Mayor and Council don’t and shouldn’t claim to have a monopoly on all the answers for the issues facing Kāpiti, and we need a shift away from a Council knows best attitude to one that truly partners with our communities and helps them take the lead on the issues facing them. It’s why I’m committed to regularly surveying our communities as just one part of what will be a fresh, community-led approach that I’ll bring to the mayoralty and council if elected,” says Mr Compton.

Gwynn Compton’s professional career has seen him work as a supermarket assistant through high school and university, then as a bank teller after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Victoria University of Wellington, before working in a variety of communication roles at the National Bank in Wellington, Telstra in Melbourne, the Old Mutual Group in London, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, as well as having advised former Prime Ministers Sir John Key and Sir Bill English on social media and digital communications.

Gwynn Compton has also been involved with the Kāpiti Economic Development Agency and recently led one part of the effort to stop Victoria University of Wellington’s proposal to change its name.


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