About Chris

Community Leader

Long involvement in local and wider community, in professional and voluntary capacity.

Experience and enjoyment working with a range of groups to make things happen.

Convenor of the Long Bay-Okura Great Park Society for past 6 years.

Leadership role in establishing the East Coast Bays Community House and Crèche, and other social services on the North Shore.

Leadership role in a parent support and education group for mothers with young children, with international award in recognition.

Passionate and dedicated

I have a love of the Bays. I’ve lived in the Bays for over 40 years, and am a mother of four adult children.

I believe that the community knows its own needs best. I have a deep interest in what makes the Bays good for you, and what you think would make it even better.

I would listen to your concerns, and advocate within the Local Board and Council.

Experienced and Qualified

Experience and ability to participate in planning meetings and manage public money at community and statutory level.

Effective member of number of local and national committees and boards over many years, eg, Long Bay College Board of Trustees; Raeburn House, a Primary Mental Health provider, a leader in community development with focus on mental and community wellbeing; For Youth Trust, a provider of successful programme for at risk youth; National executive of Aotearoa Community Workers Assn; Northcross Play Centre.

Government Department advisor and funder for social services relating to health, family support, disability, youth, housing and employment in the North Shore and Rodney districts.

Post graduate papers in Public Policy.

Recipient of Hibiscus and Bays Community Volunteers Award in 2013.

Community, Local Board and Council

I have been a member of the Long Bay Okura Great Park Society executive committee for 16 years, seven as the Convenor. The Society successfully gained significant environmental protections with the residential development at Long Bay, which lead to over 19 hectares of land being added to the Long Bay Regional Park.

Over the past four years, the Society participated in the Auckland Unitary Plan process and was successful in halting residential development on the shores of the Okura Estuary, a significant part of a marine reserve.

The Society has worked closely alongside the Hibiscus and Bays Board and Council in its achievements. It has given me much insight in Local Board and Council workings, and how the Local Board can act as an intermediary between community and Council.

Authorised by: Chris Bettany, 2 Nor'east Drive, Northcross, Auckland 0632
email: chris@bettany.nz