Meet Judene

Proud to call Nelson my home, I shifted to Bishopdale from Richmond just over 2 years ago.  Prior to that I had been a Tasman District Councillor for nine years, but chose not to seek re-election in 2016.

During my nine years on Tasman District Council, I worked tirelessly to provide a grounded viewpoint based on an understanding of the pressures affecting families, retired people, businesses and the community in general.  I had a keen focus on managing the effects of growth and the delivery of services and infrastructure, with an emphasis on ensuring affordability, sustainability and good planning.

I offer Nelson a strong regional perspective and knowledge, and significant local government and governance experience.

At the heart of everything we do needs to be communication.  Not only do we need to talk to our residents and ratepayers, but more importantly we need to listen to them.  Nelson’s communities, and communities of interest, have diverse needs and interests and we need to ensure that we talk, listen, consult, engage and empower our ratepayers, residents, community groups and businesses, in order to truly understand and respond to their needs and concerns.

I bring a passion for the role of local government, clarity of thinking, and a straight forward approach to governance.

I am married with two sons aged 15 and 20. I have a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (La Trobe University, Australia) and a Graduate Diploma in Communications (Southern Institute of Technology).  I currently work as a Community Development Consultant and provide governance and reporting advice for a number of community organisations and businesses.  I’m also a volunteer for Volunteer Nelson, the Nelson Fringe Festival, Brook Waimarama Sanctuary and a Network Tasman Trust trustee.

I love living here and wish to ensure that Nelson is an affordable, healthy and friendly place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

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