Katikati-Waihi Beach Ward


Griff Cooke

My principal place of residence is in the Katikati – Waihi Beach Ward area.

My professional background ranges across retail, hospitality, IT and health.

There is an obvious requirement for an increase in local infrastructure to keep up with the rapidly increasing local population.

With the impact of the current Covid-19 crisis there needs to be an awareness on the limitations of people to handle financial stressors such as overly increasing rates. Balancing these two points would be a definite priority.

Another area of focus would be supporting the environment without applying unreasonable pressure on the local industries.

I am a strong believer in supporting local companies and keeping the profits in the community, and country in general, rather than having them go to overseas nations.

It is my intent to be available as much as possible to liaise with and represent the opinions and concerns of all peoples of the ward and conduct myself with proactive, constructive, and mature politics.



David Marshall

I am committed to continuing my strong advocacy for our local communities.

My key priorities are:

  • Building thriving local communities.
  • Fighting for minimal rate increases.
  • Increasing availability of affordable homes.
  • Fostering economic recovery and access to work for our young people.
  • Lobbying for the Katikati Bypass & Omokoroa to Tauranga motorway.

I have local and international experience in senior management, 3 years as Councillor at WBOPDC, and qualification as a Hearings Commissioner. On Council I fought tirelessly to contain rates - particularly to reduce the impact on the more vulnerable. This commitment remains.

I have active local community involvement including serving as Chair Katikati Community Centre Board, Project Leader securing funding for our first Youth Employment Coach, Trustee on Health Trust, Grey Power Federation Board member, and Katikati Festival of Cultures Committee member.

I am a team-player with integrity and accountability who listens to the community. Ph 0221854263.

John Clements

Katikati resident John Clements seeks election as a councillor for the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

John believes the community needs strong representation that puts the interests of ratepayers and the community first. He has served on the Katikati Community Board for the past 15 months and involved in the Katikati Community Plan.

If elected his focus will be on containing rate increases, connected communities and the creating higher value jobs for the area.

“We are amongst the highest rated council in NZ and we need to contain the rates without impacting services.”

I held senior roles in large corporates and owned my business for over 20 years consulting in business improvement focused on leadership and productivity. I have experience in efficiency and cost management.

We have to look to the future, create sustainable communities with jobs and growth. I have the experience and leadership skills to achieve this.”


Kim Williams

Belief in what's good for Tauranga and the Western BOP has influenced me to stand in this by-election. Progressing vibrant communities starts with responsive, dynamic, ethical leadership therefore selecting a person who will clearly identify with people's issues and initiatives should be front of mind.

In my prior TCC candidacy I recognised it is critical to reflect the diversity of our region's social and cultural demographics.

This is about inclusion, not separatism. Like then, preferring not to make promises I couldn't keep, I instead promise to be the peoples' voice in Chambers, serving residents with the benefit of innovative, relevant, pragmatic representation. My governance experience, funds and property management skills, along with professional networks to grassroots community and business involvement, more than well equip me for the wide-ranging tasks we which lay ahead. I'm here to listen and ready to take action for us all.



Rodney Joyce

Are you sick of seeing your rates bill rising ever higher?  Western Bay residents face a triple whammy of a 50% rates hike over the next 10 years (this year's big jump is just the start), a tripling of council's net debt and a huge run up in opaque reserve funds.
If elected, I will be a solid advocate for lower rates and sensible spending/budgeting by the council. I pledge transparency and ongoing communication with voters. I will not be a councillor who disappears between elections.
I live in Katikati, where I run a thriving wholesale business. My family loves living here, I have two grown sons and we have a baby on the way. I worked around the globe as a financial journalist and editor before returning home five years ago.
You can read more about my commitment to tackling the council's overspending and high rates at www.rodneyjoyce.nz

Andrew Hollis

A resident and ratepayer of the Western Bay since 2001. A history tied to Waihi Beach and Katikati going back to the 70s (and family links to 1840). The lack of transparency and consultation we get from our council is DISGRACEFUL. 90 workshops held over the past 3 years and ALL of them behind closed doors.

Money is pouring from areas like Te Puke, Te Puna, Waihi Beach and Katikati to be thrown UNREASONABLY into one place, Omokoroa. AND the whole district is being TOLD WE MUST PAY enormous amounts to let more people flood in.

Growth DOESN'T pay for growth. It's a con.

You need someone with the guts to speak up and be your voice.

I stand for transparency, fairer rates and less waste. That we are TOLD and never asked disgusts me.

It's time for someone new.

A vote for HOLLIS is a vote that makes sense

Allan Sole

Experience and knowledge of Council process is needed at this time with little more than a year left to run in this trimester.

Six years as chair of the Waihi Beach Community Board has given me a head start to hit the ground running.

My experience in governance and business is also part of what I have to offer.

The northern gateway to the WBOP (Katikati-Waihi Beach Ward) has for some time appeared to be overlooked and a focus on Council and Government Agencies to provide more/better services to our ratepayers is needed. My strong voice in support of our ward and the other two Ward Councillors can make a difference.

Delivering better value to you and keeping rate rises down is important to help make living here affordable.

I am available to listen and support you. Be transparent and help make a difference in our community.

Vote Allan Sole.