Committed and passionate about Tamahere

I believe quite simply that Tamahere is a great environment and community for our families to live, grow, socialise and be educated within.

We have been part of the Tamahere community since 1999.

We had two of our children go through Tamahere Model Country School (where I served a three year term on the Board of Trustees) and they now all attend St Peter’s of Cambridge where I am also active at the governance level.

Tamahere is not like any other area; we are unique and we could choose to live anywhere, but we are in Tamahere because we want to be.

Vote Aksel for Tamahere

What I will work for

We have made good progress with the construction of the first buildings in the new commercial Hub and the sports fields now able to be used in Tamahere Park; but we need to complete the playground, skatepark and other facilities to the standard we want -and this continues to be a key focus for me.

I am pleased that after much lobbying, we got on to the government’s UFB2+ fibre roll-out and this work is now well underway and should be complete for 90% of Tamahere/Matangi by July 2019. I am also really pleased with the progress made on securing funding for shared paths and cycleways -but much work remains to secure funding for more paths as well as supporting community groups developing gully tracks for greater connectivity in and around our area.

These priorities along with others identified in the recent BluePrint community consultation process will drive my Tamahere agenda for the next three years.

I’m Standing Tall for Country Living

The Aksel story

Born in Denmark, I emigrated to New Zealand as a 14-year old in 1978. With my schooling completed at Karamu High School and Wairoa College in Hawke’s Bay, I went on to complete a B.Sc. from Massey University and M.Soc.Sci. from the University of Waikato.

I started my career in Human Resources for Natural Gas Corporation  in the early nineties, when I also married Susan whom I first met at Massey University. I became a New Zealand Citizen around this time; whilst my Danish heritage will always be there, I was now more of a Kiwi at heart and chose to make my life here.

After some time working in Gisborne, I returned to the Waikato to work as HR and Projects Manager for NDA Engineering Ltd. In 1998 I was one of a team of six that completed a Management Buy-Out of NDA, purchasing the then 100 year old business from the Dairy companies. Whilst at NDA we grew the business both by acquisition, competition and by venturing in to new sectors – my role included a special focus on the wine industry and I led the Equipment Sales team at NDA.

It was also at this time in 1999 that we bought our house in Tamahere – wanting more of a country lifestyle than the city offered.

In 2006 we sold our shares in NDA and took the opportunity to focus the next few years on our three young children; this included a lot of travelling through Europe and the USA in particular whilst basing ourselves out of Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands.

By the time our oldest finished Primary schooling, we returned in 2014 to our same house in Tamahere where we reside still today – nearly 17 years since we first bought it.

To finish the story, around the time of seeking your support for my first term as your Councillor for Tamahere, I changed my surname. I spent 40 years of my life as Aksel Bech Jepsen (with Jepsen being my now deceased step-father’s name after my mother remarried) but changed to come back to my maternal family name late in 2016. The short version is that Aksel Bech Jepsen has become Aksel Bech.

And yes, my new middle name really is Danger, but that is a much longer story……

I’m Standing Tall for Tamahere

I have the skills, the business experience and the proven progress for Tamahere to continue to be your strong voice in Council and seek your vote to do so.

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