Independent candidate from Whau Local Board, Aadil Basha is standing to become the voice of the community- communicating the issues faced by the local community members to the council and getting them addressed.
Whau Board comprises of New Windsor, Blockhouse Bay, Avondale, New Lynn, Kelston & Green Bay suburbs.
A former Rotary member, Aadil has been in the centre of the local community and has worked with several bodies in the past knowing the knits and bits of the issues in various sectors that community faces- such as transport, safety, small businesses concerns, environment, unemployment etc.
“I love Whau as it has one of the most diverse communities in Auckland, with a rich history and culture. Never too far away from beautiful parks, walks and beaches, Whau is a perfect getaway with family for much-needed quality time,” Aadil Basha says.
“It has well-established schools and colleges that rank amongst the best in the city and has a strong multicultural neighbourhood and a great sense of community is apparent when you are out and about, which makes you feel welcomed.”
The reason Mr Basha is running as an independent candidate, not associating with any political party so that he can voice the concerns of the local community without being under the umbrella, guidelines or policy of a political party.
“I am contesting as an Independent candidate, so I am not pressurised by party politics and toeing the line from high commands, rather address the most important local issues and prioritise them,” Mr Basha adds.
Mr Basha carries both business experience and comes from a financial background that gives him an edge over others in data analysis and crunching numbers.
“I would bring a firm approach towards funds spent towards the community projects and channel them to the most important community matters of priority.”
Mr Basha briefly addressed each issue that concerns the community and how he would deal with them.
Protecting our natural environment and responding to climate change.
Investing and focusing on Rangatahi (youth), sports and community facilities and reduce youth unemployment.
Introduce Community gardens in open park spaces, connect with schools and introduce students as volunteers.
Promoting local businesses, provide platform and tools for them to innovate and encourage new businesses to set-up in our ward - help create more local employment.
Safety is of utmost importance to me; therefore, I want to promote safe neighbourhood programs for my ward.
Enhancing Maori, Pasifika identity and wellbeing; protect our marae & heritage.
Addressing the supply of housing and infrastructure and
Supporting inclusive communities, promoting religious harmony and tackling inequality.
“I am a person of vision, action and perseverance, and it would be my privilege to serve the community,” Mr Basha concluded.
Campaign message and vision:
I am passionate about the following issues, put people at the centre of it, and believe people like you and me make communities great. Issues am passionate about are Environment, Youth, Safe neighbourhoods and Transport.
Environment: I would like to introduce Fruits and Veggies in open public space/community gardens, by using available space efficiently, work with local schools for volunteers and encourage our younger generation, connect with nature; to eat healthily. Plant more trees, promote energy, water and material-efficient new constructions and perhaps give developers incentives to encourage and innovate.
Youth: Unemployment (15-24-year-olds) in Whau ward sits at 23.5 %, we need to implement immediate measures to address this. Youth falling under NEET ( Not in Education, Employment and Training) are at 17.7 % as opposed to 10 % in Auckland.
I have plans devised to tackle this as priority collaborating with corporates and stopping youth falling through the cracks, by identifying them at the school level early ( when they quit), where they are ignored. Focus on programs for them to learn skills and trade are available, which can be better used and utilised.
Support safe neighbourhood programs by informing the public of its importance. Host street barbecues and the likes, so they get to know and look out for each other, help reduce crime rates.
Address transport issues by introducing; enabling more access to areas where there is currently, no reach, reduce dependency on cars and encourage more use of public transport, by introducing free rides for a specific period, cutting/allowing from the marketing budget, and gather available data to balance price tickets.