Te Hoe resident Pamela Storey is standing for Waikato Regional Council this year.
After living, working, volunteering and running businesses in the Waikato, she says the time is right to contribute her skills at a policy and governance level.
“I’m committed to rural communities that are economically prosperous and environmentally sustainable. Whether it’s a 500-acre farm, a quarter acre lifestyle block, or a section in a new development, we’re working together for the greater good, for both ourselves and the wider community whanau.”
She met husband dairy farmer Ian Storey on a blind date while he was on his OE in the US, and came to North Waikato in 1996.
The couple have lived on their Te Hoe farm since 2001.
“I love it here. Our dairy farm is up a quiet valley which is surrounded by quite a bit of beautiful native bush. Which means we often enjoy lovely native birdsong and I love to watch the tui, kereru and piwakawaka frolicking in the trees.
“Having sent our two daughters to Orini Combined for primary school, we’ve been privileged to be a part of of this great community for a number of years. I love the beautiful rural community feel that also provides ready access to opportunities to connect with urban friends and activities in Hamilton.”
She says she is a proud dairy farmer and food producer, business owner and committed community participant.
“I understand the realities of rural communities. I have a committed history of voluntary involvement in community-driven economic, environmental, and primary industry initiatives, both locally and nationally.
Projects and organisations she has worked in since 1996:
Pamela has worked in corporate settings establishing renewable generation projects across the Waikato and was a finalist in the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards in 2017.
She has developed and run national award winning non-profits, focussed on energy efficiency such as the Huntly Energy Efficiency Trust which created local work opportunities.
She has extensive governance experience across the primary, community and non-profit sector.
As the previous Board chair of Go Eco, and driver of the development of Kaivolution, the Waikato’s first food rescue service, alongside being selected as a member of the Dairy Environmental Leaders Forum, she has committed to positive contribution to regional environmental initiatives.
She is currently a board member of Primary ITO, a trustee of the Dairy Women’s Network, vice chair of The Good Collective, and chair of the Upper North Island Client Council for Rabobank.
“I believe I am the person with the right balance of established relationships throughout the rural communities in our region to help make this vision a reality.”