Amber Craig - election statement

Kua raranga tahi tātou he whāriki ipurangi mo āpopo.

Ko Tararua te pae maunga.
Ko Te Whanganui-a-Tara rāua Wairarapa ōku moana.
Ko Punahou tōku roto.
Ko Waiohine tōku awa.
Ko Kurahaupō rāua ko Tākitimu ōku waka.
Ko Muaūpoko rātou Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ko Rangitāne ōku iwi.
Ko Ngāti Tamarangi rāua Ko Ngāti Moe ōku hāpu.
Ko Kohuturoa rātou Ko Pāpāwai Ko Hurunui-o-rangi ōku marae.
Ko Matiaha rātou Ko Hemi, Ko Ngātuere, Ko Taueki ōku whānau ingoa.
Ko Amber Craig au. 

I have had the privilege of being an InternetNZ Councillor for the past six years and wouldlike to return for another term. InternetNZ has had a huge amount of change over my past three-year term. It has been both exciting but also a challenge as Chair of the Audit & Risk committee to ensure we as a team managed our risks during this time.

I personally have been focused on Indigenous Internet and the impact decisions international forums have on the right of indigenous culture. I believe InternetNZ has a responsibility, as a trusted organisation with a seat at a lot of tables, to help bring our Indigenous whānau to the table and give them a platform. If we’re serious about being a bi-cultural organisation then I believe this focus needs to happen.

My work on the Māori Engagement Committee has been part of a wider Committee team effort. Although we have been very quiet externally we have focused on internal behaviours. We cannot expect to engage with diverse Māori communities without first having an understanding of Māori culture and being comfortable with Te Reo. This has seen us stepback and place our senior management teams on Tiriti o Waitangi training and provide waiata training. Something that I have been personally very supportive of and have personally dropped into the office, to help tautoko staff. I would also love to return to this committee to continue the work we have kicked off.

I have also got a renewed passion for rural connectivity having moved back home to a remote area in the Wairarapa. Our marae and communities, when talked to about Internet Connectivity, do not see the benefit. However, when told the story of how it might help, just enabled by technology, they are absolutely keen to sign up to the kaupapa. The next phase of rural broadband is unlikely to reach these areas or is too expensive so how do we ensure we bring everyone on the journey to have access to connectivity.

It’s been a challenging past three years with InternetNZ. However, I’ve been privileged to get support from my peers to step up into opportunities. I like to challenge staff and my colleagues to ensure that we as Councillors still maintain our Governance view and don’t dive into operational work. I think we have a great team and I continue to work towards challenging ourselves to be a better world through a better Internet.