‘You can make an amazing difference’

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Publily minded... The Gore District Council’s new regulatory and community services general manager Rebecca Tayler has about 20 years experience of working in local and central government. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

The desire to do the best she can for the ratepayers or taxpayers of New Zealand is what motivates Rebecca Tayler to get out of bed every week day.

The Gore District Council’s new regulatory and community services general manager moved to Gore from Marton two weeks ago to take up her new position.

She takes over the position vacated by Ian Davidson-Watts earlier in the year.

Mrs Tayler said she had worked as a public servant at both local and national level for about 20 years.

“You can have a significant influence on bettering people’s lives,” Mrs Tayler said.

“It’s a hard thing to do but when you get it right you can make an amazing difference.

“That’s the thing that gets me up in the morning.”

Ratepayers did not have a choice who is employed by the council.

“They need to have damn good public servants who actually believe in the job that they do.

“I have to do the very best job that I can.”

Her previous position was the Horizons Regional Council policy and strategy manager, but prior to that some of the positions she held were at the Rangitikei, Stratford and South Taranaki district councils.

“I really really enjoy working for small rural councils.”

People who lived in a rural council area were more interested in what was happening in their community, she said.

“There’s a real passion that communities have, a real love that they have for their community and there’s a real sense of ownership.”

This resulted in people being more engaged with the council than they might be if they lived in a city council area, she said.

The story she heard about how the Gore community rallied to build a new hospital when the closure of the former hospital was announced was an example of what communities could achieve if they worked together.

“That kind of community determination, that energy is incredibly progressive.”

Gore might have a reputation for being conservative, but it was also progressive.

“That is so exciting to be able to work with.”

She was impressed with what she had seen in Gore so far.

“It punches above its weight.

“There are exciting and interesting things to do here.”