SHORT AND SHARP
Central Otago election votes down
Time is running out to vote in this year’s local government elections. As of Monday, October 7, just 34.1 per cent of votes had been returned for the Central Otago district, which was down almost 6 per cent on the same point from the 2010 elections. Central Otago District Council electoral officer Kara Leckie said to be guaranteed postal delivery by noon on Saturday, October 12, the votes needed to be posted by today. Votes can also be dropped into the Council Service Centres up until Friday. The Alexandra Council office will be open on Saturday from 9am till noon to allow for Special Voting and last-minute votes.
Queenstown-Lakes votes trickle in
Voters in Queenstown-Lakes District are proving apathetic with four out of five electors yet to return ballot papers at the latest count. The election closes on Saturday but by last Thursday only 19 per cent of the electorate returned ballot papers in Queenstown, 24 per cent returned for Wanaka ward and 20 per cent for Arrowtown. Of 18,862 ballot papers posted to the district electorate overall, 21 per cent – or 3926 – have been returned. The cumulative returns total to October 3 is less than the totals for the corresponding period in the last two local authority elections.
International health speaker
Creator of the 12-week mentoring system thelifeplan Jason Shon Bennett will be presenting in Queenstown. He specialises in longevity, fasting, wholefoods, weight loss, nutrition, the transformation of digestive, bowel and immune systems and the prevention of modern lifestyle diseases. He speaks at Tanoa Aspen Hotel on October 17 from 7pm till 9pm.
Library and legal review
The Queenstown Lakes District Council is undertaking a strategic review of library services, as recommended in the organisational review. It is inviting proposals, which are due by Oct. 23. Proposals are also sought for provision of legal services, closing Oct. 22.