Strong com­mu­ni­ties ‘are built on the ba­sics’


Janette Walker is the Labour can­di­date for Kaiko¯ura

We need young dy­namic in­no­va­tive thinkers in Kaiko¯ura to move the district to­wards a more mod­ern fresh ap­proach, so when tourists do ar­rive they will have a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

I ap­pre­ci­ate coun­cil has a fixed in­come base, but I con­sider cen­tral gov­ern­ment has a role here to as­sist and sup­port in­no­va­tive projects that will make a dif­fer­ence.

I would like to see Kaiko¯ura district be­com­ing the ad­ven­ture cap­i­tal of the East Coast, cre­at­ing and de­vel­op­ing a more di­verse econ­omy.

There is also op­por­tu­nity to es­tab­lish world class re­search cen­tres here both for the marine and ge­o­log­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment.

An­other area of con­cern is the lack of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion infrastructure, par­tic­u­larly in the in­land ar­eas of the district.

Ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties need re­silient telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, in times of nat­u­ral dis­as­ter and also for their daily lives.

Ru­ral busi­nesses need to work smarter not harder.

I to­tally sup­port and will en­dorse the need for bet­ter, timely in­vest­ment in tele com­mu­ni­ca­tion for the Kaiko¯ura district.

The third area of con­cern for me is the re-es­tab­lish­ment of the paua and cray­fish fish­eries.

Fol­low­ing sev­eral meet­ings with var­i­ous sec­tors of the in­dus­try, I in my role as Labour’s re­gional ru­ral pol­icy rep­re­sen­ta­tive, have en­sured our fish­eries pol­icy recog­nises the se­vere im­pact to this fish­ery postquake, both en­vi­ron­men­tal and fi­nan­cial.

To this end as­sis­tance will be avail­able to the fish­eries to sup­port them as we move to­ward re­gen­er­at­ing the fish­ery.

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