Bruce Clarkson’s purpose as Waikato Regional Council candidate is to support and lead our
communities toward creating a better relationship with our environment. In other words,
putting the ‘Environment’ back into Waikato Regional Council.
As a political candidate in development for many years, Bruce has worked at the interface of
environmental research, teaching, policy and practice for over 40 years, which has
cultivated a strong understanding of the critical issues we face today, and how best to lead
others to work through these issues.
Bruce Clarkson looks to take his mission to the Waikato Regional Council in the coming
election in October.
Bruce’s approach to leadership and decision-making relies on collegial discussion,
collaboration, and assessing issues rationally, based on sound evidence.
Bruce has given leadership within communities restoring nature in urban environments,
such as the Gully Restoration Programme and Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park.
As former Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research at the University of Waikato, Bruce was
responsible for the Research and Development budget of over $70 Million, and all aspects
of research, enterprise, commercialisation, IP protection, and the postgraduate and
Bruce was the Inaugural Director of New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science
Challenge, is Chair of Mercury Energy Peer Review Panel for the Waikato Hydro system
Consents, and has been Trustee and Member of 6 Conservation Advisory Groups. Team
building has featured strongly in all these endeavours.
His contribution over the years has been recognised by the award of the Kirikiriroa Hamilton
Medal, the Loder Cup (NZs premier conservation award) and the Royal Society Fleming
Medal for environmental achievement.
Bruce also has experience in local and central government democratic processes, working
closely with the community and iwi to support and empower them to achieve their goals.
If elected, Bruce will commit to serving the community for Waikato’s future prosperity
based on sustainability in all aspects of life, environmental, economic, social and cultural.
Bruce urges for change in how we see our environment and emphasises the responsibility
each of us has to ensure we do not compromise the inheritance and well-being of future
generations. Bruce offers an empowering ‘wake-up call’ for all members of the community
and reminds us that the future is entirely in our hands.
Waikato Regional Council elections close at midday on Saturday 8th of October 2022.
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Contact Bruce Clarkson
Contact Phillip Quay, MediaPA
Phone: 0274 587 724