Stand up, be counted, make change

New brooms needed to sweep the dusty cob­webs from lo­cal body pol­i­tics

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

Elec­tions are in Oc­to­ber and the most suc­cess­ful can­di­dates are usu­ally those who iden­tify early. I don’t see any com­pe­ti­tion emerg­ing for the cur­rent lot and that’s a real worry. A coun­cil that works well and that works in your in­ter­ests needs new blood, new ideas, a bit of ner­vous lookingover-the-shoul­der en­ergy and the oc­ca­sional boot up the back­side. Right across Cen­tral Otago none of that has hap­pened for a long time. Does it mat­ter? You’d ex­pect me to say ‘‘of course the coun­cil mat­ters’’. I was there on and off for 21 years. It may not be all over the front pages but de­ci­sions made by your coun­cil af­fect how you live your life. We hand our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives a lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity and ex­pect them to make good de­ci­sions on our be­half. Mostly they do but we shouldn’t let them get too com­pla­cent. We re­cently had a chance to change things through the rep­re­sen­ta­tion re­view process, but the present coun­cil – com­fort­able and con­ser­va­tive – man­aged to con­vince it­self and the Lo­cal Govern­ment Com­mis­sion that the sta­tus quo is as good as it gets. Do you think so? ◗ Mal­colm Macpher­son teaches ap­plied busi­ness ex­cel­lence at Otago Polytech­nic, is a USqual­i­fied busi­ness as­ses­sor and writes on busi­ness top­ics for the mag­a­zine of the NZ Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Qual­ity. He was Mayor of Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict from 2001 to 2010.

Hands up: Time to de­clare in­ter­est in lo­cal govern­ment.

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