As managing director and trustee of absentee Russian owned forestry and commercial property in the Gisborne district for the past 10 years, Ross has participated in many aspects of commercial activity on the East Coast, injecting near $5 million into local contractors.
With nine years’ experience as an MP, including Under Secretary Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry and select committee chair for Fisheries, he has sound understanding of major Tairawhiti industries.
A former police inspector, Ross also has private business interests delivering sustainable fisheries policy and aqua culture technology in the Middle East. He is the Honorary Consul for Morocco.
He has a Master’s degree in Economics, Law, Statistics and Policy. Ross will re-locate from Auckland to Gisborne, if elected.
With no hidden agenda, Ross will provide a new vision to improve rail, road and air infrastructure and enhance the commercial environment including job creation and small business opportunities.
Ross is a direct descendant of Chief Te Tuhi-o-te-rangi of Ngati Mahuta and thereby of King Te Whero whero of Tainu.
My personal philosophy is: “Good Fortune is Hard Work” [Machiavelli].
My VISION for the FUTURE of TAIRAWHITI, is also predicated on, Hard Work – AND on a level playing field.
The roads cannot handle the ever-increasing volume of forestry trucking.
Excessive trucking, places all road users at risk.
Road maintenance & upgrades portend massive expenditure.
Excessive trucking contributes to adverse environmental effects.
RAIL IS A LOGICAL SOLUTION!
My VISION is to improve and expand infrastructure of air, rail and road, throughout Gisborne Tairawhiti with the aim to provide: