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Rachel Sanson leads positive action for Nelson on these key issues

Thriving local
economy
Rachel Sanson works for the continued success of our local economy and will promote a world-leading Nelson.
Community
wellbeing
Rachel Sanson believes in our vibrant, diverse and inclusive community and initiatives to improve wellbeing.
Care for our environment
Rachel Sanson values our environment and supports action for biodiversity, recreation, and future generations.
Thriving Local Economy
Rachel Sanson works for Nelson's economic success

"I will be a positive voice on council, working to create my vision of Nelson as 'the smart little city working for people, prosperity and the planet'."
Rachel Sanson's expertise enables her to be a connector between community, business and the council. She is an internationally successful businesswoman and entrepreneur, with 20 years' governance and management experience in the private, education and not-for-profit sectors. Rachel co-founded and ran a multi-million dollar youth-focused global education and leadership development company, employing 20 staff and with hundreds of partners across 16 countries.

"I believe we need to be supporting local businesses, innovation and creativity, which will enable Nelson to thrive, including embracing the opportunities presented by adapting and transitioning to a lower carbon economy."

Experience and success in business has demonstrated that Rachel Sanson is fiscally responsible and will work to ensure rates are spent carefully.

Rachel Sanson supports initiatives to revitalise the CBD such as Make/Shift Spaces; inner-city redevelopment to increase housing and boutique retail spaces; precincts emphasing the unique flavour and creative culture of our city; supporting our artists and cultural communities; better connecting city to river and sea; improved transport options across all suburbs. She welcomes innovation such as the Te Tauihu Strategy, an intergenerational plan to nurture the region's people, environment and economy.

"I will be a positive voice on council, working to create my vision of Nelson as 'the smart little city working for people, prosperity and the planet'."

Rachel Sanson is a member of the Institute of Directors, the Sustainable Business Network, and the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce.
Community Wellbeing
Rachel Sanson champions community wellbeing

"Building community is important to me, and I will be a proactive voice for community on our council."
"I am committed to a Nelson where all are welcome and encouraged to contribute and thrive; and where our communities – from Hira, Nelson, Tahunanui, to Stoke – are strong, connected, engaged and resilient."

"It's important to me that we see our older people supported and involved; our young people valued and given a voice in guiding our future; our diverse, minority and marginalised people respected and engaged."

"I have a deep concern that many in our community are struggling to make ends meet - Nelson's household income is lower than the national average, our housing costs and rates are among the highest in the country, and we have a serious housing shortage. The council must work with community, business and central government to address these issues."

Rachel Sanson is from a family with deep roots in service, this is evident in her own involvement, with significant networks in a range of community groups – from grassroots to the boardroom. She is currently on the boards of Nayland College and Volunteer Nelson; a Red Cross refugee resettlement volunteer; an Age Connect volunteer; and involved with Books for Cambodia and the Himalayan Trust NZ. Over the years she's worked with Trade Aid, Greenpeace, Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA), and dozens of organisations overseas.

"Building community is important to me, and I will be a proactive voice for community on our council."
Care for Environment
Rachel Sanson acts for our environment

Rachel Sanson demonstrates the leadership required to value and protect Nelson's unique landscape and ecology, and support our transition towards a lower carbon economy.
"It is vital that we value and care for our rivers, ocean, and land, protecting and regenerating nature for biodiversity, recreation, and future generations."

"Right now there's growing recognition of the environmental crisis. With a 13 year old son this is of huge concern to me as it is to all parents and grandparents. Local government will have to deal with these impacts and we need foresight and leadership to tackle these issues."

Rachel Sanson defended New Zealand's nuclear-free position during the 1990s, taking action on a global stage, interrupting nuclear testing at Moruroa as part of the international peace flotilla. Her ability to take action demonstrates the leadership required to value and protect Nelson's unique landscape and ecology, and support our transition towards a lower carbon economy.

Rachel has had an enduring sustainability focus since completing a Masters of Commerce thesis on Green Marketing. She co-founded a successful company working with youth on leadership, sustainability and global citizenship and which partnered with DOC, Forest & Bird, and Project Janszoon on extensive conservation initiatives in the top of the south. With her partner, Scott, they built an eco-home in Nelson. Rachel is also a keen organic gardener and hobby bee-keeper. As a family they spend most holidays in the outdoors, and are members of the NZ Alpine Club, the Nelson Mountain Bike Club, and Nelson Orienteering Club.
about Rachel
I love Nelson - since forever! Growing up here with deep bonds in our community and environment has shaped my optimistic approach to life. Being an action woman, a collaborator, and solutions-oriented, I'm able to work across political divides, staying focused on what is best for Nelson.

As your councillor I will work hard to represent you and to collaborate with all councillors, council staff, business and community groups, iwi, local and central government bodies, so that we continue to move Nelson towards a sustainable, prosperous and people-centered city, where all people are welcome and are encouraged to contribute and thrive.

To further prepare for the role of councillor and engage with current issues, I've attended council meetings for the last year and completed the week-long Institute of Directors CDC governance training. Late 2018 I sold my successful company, Pacific Discovery. This has enabled me to dedicate my skills and time to working for Nelson. I am fully committed to this role and to serving the people of Nelson.

I was the first in my family to head away to university where I completed a Master of Commerce degree. My 20s were spent travelling and working all over the world, gaining a valuable global perspective. I returned home to Nelson to put down my own roots, start a family, and be closer to parents and grandparents. The story of how I met my partner of 24 years, Scott Burnett, is a good one - ask me sometime! In the last two decades, we've founded, grown and sold an internationally successful company, and built a solar home in central Nelson where we live with our music-loving son, Kahu, who attends Nayland College, and our beach-loving dog, Coco.

I am part of a large and supportive family who are heavily involved in building community. My father (Roger Sanson) and step-father (Roger Wilson) have both been presidents of Nelson Rotary Clubs. My mother (Jennie Wilson) and sister (Emily Sanson) have both worked for the United Nations, and founded charities to support community development (Books for Cambodia, Purple Cake Day, Kenbe La Foundation). My partner (Scott Burnett) is a volunteer business mentor, and in the last 12 years has undertaken 50 weeks of volunteer work for DOC in the region.
"Being an action woman, a collaborator, and solutions-oriented, I'm able to work across political divides, staying focused on what is best for Nelson."

+ Will work full-time as your councillor - I won't be doing other paid work.

+ Master of Commerce Degree

+ Nayland College Board of Trustees
+ Volunteer Nelson Board of Trustees

+ 20 years business governance experience

+ Attended council meetings for the last year in preparation for this role.

Actively engaged:
+ Studying Te Reo level 1 at NMIT
+ Member, Institute of Directors
+ Member, Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce
+ Member, Sustainable Business Network
+ Member, National Council of Women NZ
+ Member, Nelson Mountain Bike Club
+ Member, NZ Alpine Club
+ Member, Nelson Orienteering Club
+ Volunteer, Age Connect
+ Volunteer, Red Cross Refugee Resettlement Support


"I will work hard to represent you and to collaborate with all councillors, council staff, business and community groups, iwi, local and central government bodies, so that we continue to move Nelson towards a sustainable, prosperous and people-centered city, where all people are welcome and are encouraged to contribute and thrive."
    Endorsements
    On hearing I was standing for Nelson City Council
    "Fantastic! All the best!", Helen Clark ONZ
    Pic Picot, local legend and entrepreneur, endorses Rachel Sanson for Nelson City Council
    Alison McAlpine QSO - formerly a NCC councillor herself, among many other significant roles in serving our community locally and nationally - endorses Rachel Sanson for Nelson City Council
    Roby Beaglehole, dentist and public health advocate, endorses Rachel Sanson for Nelson City Council
    Contemporary artist, Katie Pascoe, endorses Rachel Sanson for Nelson City Council
    Community hero, Kinda Douglas QSM, endorses Rachel Sanson for Nelson City Council
    Community leader, Gordon Oldfield, endorses Rachel Sanson for Nelson City Council
    Author and educator, Tania Norfolk, endorses Rachel Sanson for Nelson City Council
    Adventurer and environmentalist, Cindy Mosey, endorses Rachel Sanson for Nelson City Council
    Tanya Nock, Education Director at NCMA, endorses Rachel Sanson for Nelson City Council
    Jane Merry-Fisher, Nelson teacher, endorses Rachel Sanson for Nelson City Council
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    "Rachel Sanson has my support 100% - she has for the last 24 years of our lives. She was born to do this."
    Scott Burnett
    Practical guy behind the action woman!
    "We need people like Rachel Sanson to steer our country's direction. She has a strong back, open front, brave heart."
    Kaye Mueller
    Author
    "I have known Rachel Sanson most of her life. She has always displayed
    leadership; has been an active tramper and climber; and for the past twenty years with her husband
    managed a successful international tourism business. A mother, a fun person and intelligent, Rachel's youth, energy and history of achievement, would inject numerous talents into the Nelson
    City Council."
    Dr John McKinnon
    Surgeon & Global Adventurer
    "Rachel Sanson cares about Nelson's future. We need her clear thinking on the City Council."
    Jacquetta Bell
    Media Advisor & Grandmother
    "I am voting for Rachel Sanson because she is deeply committed to this community, and has the vision, skills and drive to really make a positive difference"
    Kathy Houghton
    Practioner
    "Best of luck for your campaign. It would be wonderful - especially for Nelson - if you made it."
    Wilfried Mueller
    Journalist / Author
    "I'm supporting Rachel Sanson from Wellington City and wish I could vote in my hometown. She's exactly the mix of economic smarts, sustainable thinking and leadership that Nelson needs to face the challenges of the future."
    Anna Dean
    Wellington Businesswoman
    "I'm voting for Rachel Sanson because she is genuine and approachable - very important qualities for city councillor. She is passionate about Nelson and building the best future for our city, in particular in regards to the environment and climate change. Knowing Rachel personally I believe she will be fair and kind, and a solid voice of reason. I am excited to see her represent our city."
    Nicola Galloway
    Food Writer & Photographer
    Get involved
    To be elected to Nelson City Council, Rachel Sanson needs 8000+ votes.
    Your support and involvement in reaching this goal is greatly appreciated.

    You can help in the following ways...

    Vote! Voting for local government is vitally important. Currently only around 50% of Nelsonians vote - this results in an unrepresentative council. Our council should be representative of our community, and this only happens if more people vote.

    Talk to your family, friends, colleagues about the elections and make sure they vote too.

    Follow Rachel Sanson on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

    Share posts, events and updates among your circle/community.

    Come along to an event to support Rachel.

    Get in touch if you'd like to meet Rachel - she is keen to hear your concerns about, and vision for, a better Nelson.

    Rachel is happy to come along to your work place, community group or event and meet you. Get in touch if you'd like her to come along.

    Finally, if you'd like to help out in some other way with her campaign, please get in touch.

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    Voting Information
    Your vote is needed to shape the future of Nelson and New Zealand. All the information you need to enroll to vote in the 2019 local government elections is on the Vote NZ website. Or phone 0800 36 76 56.

    Key dates
    If you've never enrolled to vote, do it today! Enroll online at Vote NZ. Do it before 16 August to be included in the general voting paper mail out.

    If you've enrolled before, you'll get an enrollment update pack before 8 July.

    8 July: If you haven't received your enrollment update pack, it means you're not enrolled to vote or your details are not up to date. To enrol or update your details, you'll need to fill in a new enrolment form. Enrol, check or update online. Or call Vote NZ and ask to be sent a form: 0800 36 76 56

    16 August: If you enrol after 16 August, you won't get your voting papers sent to you in the mail. You'll have to request special voting papers from the Nelson City Council electoral officer:
    Warwick Lampp, Nelson City Council
    Tel 03 377 3530, nelsoncc@electionz.com

    20–25 September: Voting documents posted out to all enrolled voters.

    11 October: Last day to enrol to vote in the local elections

    Saturday, 12 October: Voting closes at midday
    Get In Touch With Rachel Sanson
    Feel free to contact me
    Rachel Sanson
    Positive Action for Nelson
    Phone: 021 106 5043
    E-mail: rachel.sanson@ncc.govt.nz

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