Northland’s gains from its regional leaders working together cannot be overestimated says Far North Mayor John Carter, and he puts Whangarei Mayor Sheryl Mai as having a big role in the region’s gains.

“Sheryl takes collaboration to a new level. The co-operation we have displayed has influenced the decision makers in Wellington to the extent that Northland is being rewarded with extra funding, such as for roading, more so than other areas. It’s obviously important that we present a united front to achieve the best for our region.

“Sheryl is easy to work with, is sensibly co-operative, a good listener, has a strong point of view but also accepts others perspectives. She’s a pleasure to work with.”

He says the region is co-operating on a wide variety of projects, such as the Hundertwasser arts centre in Whangarei, which can have an impact on the whole of Northland.

“We are setting the groundwork for economic expansion for Northland for about the next 20-30 years.

“The consequent economic and social gains will have a positive impact on people in the region – and Northland will make a bigger contribution to the national economy.”

He says there is a lot happening in the region and a big potential for growth.

“It’s a positive time to be involved in the region.”

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