Change of roles within Henderson-Massey Local Board

Publish Date : 01 May 2024
Dr. Will Flavell, Hon Chris Carter, Brooke Loader from Henderson-Massey Local Board
Dr. Will Flavell, Hon Chris Carter, Brooke Loader from Henderson-Massey Local Board (Left to right)

It’s a change in leadership roles for Dr. Will Flavell, who steps in to replace Brooke Loader as the new deputy chair of Henderson-Massey Local Board.

The board split the three-year term in half with a different deputy chair for each, which was agreed at the start of the term. Dr. Flavell has already assumed the deputy chair role until October 2025.

Chair Chris Carter acknowledges what Will has brought to the board and looks forward to working with him closely over the next 18 months.

“I would like to welcome Dr. Will Flavell who takes over the deputy chair’s role for the second half term.

“Will is a long-serving member of Henderson-Massey Local Board since 2013. His role as a local resident and teacher adds valuable local perspectives to our board. Personally I’m impressed with Will’s amazing ability to master languages – he can speak fluent Te Reo, Japanese and Samoan.

“In the same breath, I would like to thank Brooke Loader for the excellent work she has done for the local board and our local community as deputy chair over the last 18 months.”

Dr. Will Flavell has replaced Brooke Loader as the new deputy for the second half term

Dr. Will Flavell says he’s honoured to assume the role of deputy chair for the remainder of this term.

“The Henderson-Massey Local Board area holds an important place in my heart. It is where I have devoted the majority of my time in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. I originally campaigned when there were no Māori or Pasifika representatives, and lacked a youth voice at the time.

“There was a need to become a voice for those traditionally overlooked, especially our rangatahi. Serving on the board has given me such invaluable skills – engaging with diverse communities, attentive listening, grasping local and infrastructure issues, and overseeing the upkeep of parks and substantial council facilities.

“Huge thanks to my friend Brooke for her fantastic mahi in the first half of this term. Let's see what happens in the next 18 months,” says Dr. Flavell.

While Chair Chris Carter is thrilled to welcome Dr. Will Flavell as his new right-hand man, he also admits that there’ll be some hurdles to overcome.

“The second half of the term is set to be both exciting and challenging. We have several large projects starting and being delivered, including Te Pae o Kura / Kelston Community Centre and Te Whau Pathway, and the newly-leased land to develop a marae on Te Atatū Peninsula.

“We’ll work with Upper Harbour Local Board to advocate for an aquatic centre in the Hobsonville/ Massey area. As to our communities affected by intensified housing, we will try our best to help ensure public services and infrastructure meet their needs. The public walkway around the coastal edge of Te Atatū Peninsula is another priority too.

“Our board will continue to advocate on behalf of our local community to make our parks, libraries, community centres, traffic and infrastructure better for everyone in Henderson-Massey.” adds Carter.

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