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Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

We are go­ing into a sea­son of elec­tions.

Otago Re­gional Coun­cil by­elec­tion vot­ing forms will be turn­ing up in mail­boxes shortly and we have two wor­thy can­di­dates to choose from. Your de­ci­sion might be helped by read­ing the an­swers pro­vided to us by the can­di­dates on some of the ques­tions we asked (page 8).

The Wanaka by-elec­tion is likely to be feisty also. As we go to print three can­di­dates have been nom­i­nated. More might fol­low be­fore Thurs­day’s dead­line.

And in Septem­ber we have a na­tional elec­tion. There’s a lot to think about in last week’s bud­get - most of which won’t be im­ple­mented un­less the Gov­ern­ment re­turns.

Will it do any­thing to help the press­ing prob­lems of hous­ing and tourism in this re­gion? Is the prom­ise of Tourism Min­is­ter Paula Ben­nett to make Queen­stown an ‘‘ex­cep­tional case’’ for fund­ing to cope with tourist num­bers enough?

deb­bie.jamieson@fairfax me­dia.co.nz

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