Mixed views on coali­tion in the south

Clutha Leader - - ART SOUTH OTAGO - RACHAEL KELLY AND MARY-JO TOHILL

Re­ac­tion to the new Labour-New Zealand First coali­tion gov­ern­ment in the true blue na­tional strong­hold seat of Clutha-Southland has been mixed.

Clutha Dis­trict mayor Bryan Cado­gan said he thought hav­ing two MPs, New Zealand First’s Mark Pat­ter­son, and in op­po­si­tion, Hamish Walker, would be great for the dis­trict.

‘‘With the lack of ef­fec­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion over the last three years Clutha has been ad­versely af­fected; I think of Telford, Toko Train­ing and our treat­ment over fund­ing of the cy­cle trail ex­ten­sion in par­tic­u­lar of late as ex­am­ples where we needed a fighter in our cor­ner. Hope­fully Mark and Hamish are up to the chal­lenge.’’

He said he sus­pected the Greens’ in­flu­ence on pol­icy would be closely mon­i­tored ‘‘by our ru­ral sec­tor,and hoped this would pro­duce ‘‘re­gional ini­tia­tives’’.

Clutha Dis­trict coun­cil­lor and West Otago Com­mu­nity Board mem­ber John Her­bert was du­bi­ous about how the three-way coali­tion would work in re­al­ity.

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