Invercargill Deputy Mayor Becs Amundsen announced today she is running for the city mayoralty.
The city was on the cusp of significant change and she believed she was the right person to lead it through its transformation, she said.
Amundsen, 41, said she had the passion, commitment and experience to lead Invercargill,having done her apprenticeship as a Councillor, and in her role as Deputy Mayor.
“I have a proven track record of getting things done through my many community involvements and as a Councillor and Deputy Mayor.”
Strategic thinking, relationship building and innovation were needed to help drive the city forward into a new era, she said.
“We need to develop a community-driven vision for the whole city which values residents, businesses and visitors.”
She said she wanted the council to continue to make progress in ensuring ratepayers felt heard, that everyone’s perspective was considered, and that people were getting value for money.
“People want the council to engage better with them and develop a strong vision for the whole of the city – for everyone, not just the few.”
Amundsen said she wants Invercargill to be the most democratic city in New Zealand.
“I want to lead a city where everybody can participate and be involved in making Invercargill the place they want it to be.”
She would promote the idea of developing an “Invercargill 2025” vision statement, that would complement the Council’s long-term plan and the Southland Regional Development Strategy.
She said she appreciated the strong community support and encouragement to run for the mayoralty that she had received to date.
Amundsen was a teenage mum before moving to Invercargill at the age of 23, so her partner could to study through the SIT Zero Fees scheme in 2001. She is married to Phil Orr. She has two sons – aged 16 and 22, and a springer spaniel, called Leroy.
“Invercargill is a place where dreams are possible – and that has been the story for my family and I am ambitious for our city – and for everyone who lives here,” she said.