Get on board
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With the rollout of Warkworth’s new bus network and the recent launch of the 998 Wellsford-Warkworth service, funded by the Rodney Local Board Transport Targeted Rate, we’ve finally linked Auckland with the north! With early adopters’ bums firmly on seats, how do we now embrace our new-found connectivity and ensure these services are fully utilised?
— Mahurangi Matters
Tessa Berger
Climate action with Mussel
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With the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, every action must be a meaningful climate action. In the Mahurangi Harbour, the mobilisation has already begun but with an action, few would readily see as climate action, until taking a look below the surface.
— Mahurangi Matters
Tessa Berger
Wellsford Skate Park now open
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The culture of the community is very important. This came through very clearly during consultation on the design. The new skate park and play zones certainly reflect this thinking. Everyone gets to enjoy the space even when they’re not using the equipment
— Our Auckland
Tessa Berger
Thinkladder
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‘Think ladder’, is an app launched on New Zealand Mental Health Day, devised and developed by husband and wife team Katie and Mark Gatt. It aims to help users discover and replace the unhelpful thoughts fuelled by stress, anxiety, conflict, and depression, through cognitive behavior therapy. 
— Junction Magazine
Tessa Berger
Berger goes back to back with biggest title
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Rodney Local Board member Tessa Berger celebrated back-to-back wins in the ASB Women’s Knockout Cup last month. The Mahurangi West resident played a key role in Glenfield Rovers 5-4 victory over Eastern Suburbs at North Harbour QBE Stadium.
— Mahurangi Matters
Tessa Berger
Hectic Start for Rodney Rep
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Despite owning a business, being a local politician, sportsperson and a member of several community groups, Tessa Berger is ready to take on more. Tessa, aged 22, is five months into her role as the youngest Rodney Local Board member and has found it both challenging and rewarding.
— Mahurangi Matters
Tessa Berger
Engaging Youth
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a part of an engaged and proactive community. In Rodney, we foster the type who don’t tend to shy away from putting their hand up to bring about positive change. If there’s one thing I’ve noticed – having been actively involved in community over the past decade – it’s that as a young person, I’m a rarity.
— Mahurangi Matters
Tessa Berger
Play Space for Warkworth
There has been much talk in recent years about the lack of challenging play experiences available in North-Eastern Rodney, so it’s about time there was an outdoor public play facility tailored to teenagers and adults right here in Warkworth.

I’m excited to be working with the Warkworth Lions and a small project team to help engage with the wider Warkworth community in planning and constructing a precinct for an advanced play space in Lucy Moore Park.
— Junction Magazine
Tessa Berger
Warkworth in Watercolour
Much has been said about what the future holds for our piece of paradise but as another year draws to a close and we look ahead to 2017 and beyond, what is it about this place that keeps us here and many others coming back for more?
— Junction Magazine
Tessa Berger
Politics, business, sport and ecostore: Tessa Berger’s healthy life
Tessa Berger is perhaps best known for contesting the 2016 local elections, standing for a seat on the Rodney board, north of Auckland. But at just 22, she’s back from a football scholarship to the US, has started her own merchandising business, campaigns for environmental preservation and happens to be a fan of ecostore products as well. We put a few questions to her about how she keeps up a healthy lifestyle with so many things on the go.
— Ecostore
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Mahurangi Matters - A vision for Warkworth’s future

Picture if you will, Warkworth as a people-centred space. Wharf Street thronging with people enjoying a book under the shade of a tree, or even a refreshing swim in the Mahurangi River. Spoilt for choice, vibrant bistros and cafes sit where a carpark once was, placemaking architecture seamlessly tying urban design with rich greenery and open spaces.

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Auckland Council - Young candidates the big winners in Kids Voting

Kids Voting runs in parallel with the real local body elections and this year the students’ candidate choices were, on the whole, consistent with those of eligible voters from across the region.

The young candidates including Tessa Berger and Caitlin Watson were particular favourites with students; each received the highest number of kids’ votes in their respective local boards.

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New Zealand Herald - Billboard Recycling Sign of Times

Rodney Local Board candidate Tessa Berger's signs have become so popular that she is taking orders from admirers for them, after a number were stolen from their backboards.

All of them have now been reserved to be given to her supporters, and she plans to auction one of them off and give the proceeds to a community organisation.

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Stuff - Forrest Hill Milford beat Glenfield Rovers on penalties to win Women's Knockout Cup

Forrest Hill Milford have won the National Women's Knockout Cup for the first time, beating their Auckland neighbours Glenfield Rovers on penalties on Sunday after the scores were locked 2-2 at the end of extra time.

Forrest Hill's captain Tessa Berger scored their first reply, lobbing Alice Noyer in the Glenfield goal from 35 metres out early in the second half. Berger's equaliser came almost out of nowhere in the 52nd minute, an audacious attempt made after she spotted Noyer off her line, but one that worked nonetheless.

Berger was awarded the Maia Jackman Trophy as the final's most valuable player, and paid tribute to the way her side kept their heads in the game.

"I'm so proud of the girls and glad that they stuck in there, in a game that was emotionally taxing," she said. 

"It's as much of a mental game as it is a physical game, trying to last that extra 30 and go into penalties."

Tessa Berger
Mahurangi Magazine - Bugger evidence-based policy making – buy a kombi

As a fierce advocate for youth involvement, Tessa Berger persuaded Mahurangi College to sign up for Kids Voting for the first time, just ahead of the cut-off for this year’s elections. Back where she spent her intermediate years, on Wednesday, Tessa appealed to students to communicate their ideas for their community.

The snowballing of publicity that followed the missing billboards story broken by the Rodney Times, on 4 September, resulted in Tessa Berger receiving a rapturous reception at Mahurangi College on Wednesday, by students signed up for Kids Voting. Tessa had earlier initiated the last-minute enrolment of the college in the programme, as part of her commitment to Rodney having ‘the most Kids-Voting-ly schools’ in the Auckland region, within her first term of office. This is a passion she shares with the current excellent Rodney Local Board chair—Brenda Steele, who holds the youth portfolio.

Tessa Berger’s shoestring campaign has already done more to energise the local-body elections, and Kids Voting, than the costly council Kombi is ever likely to, but that is because it is evidence-based.

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