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.