FROM THE NEWS DESK
Waikato MPLindsay Tisch is working out the final months of his political career. He was elected in 1999 and the boundaries of his electorate have changed substantially over the years. Reporter Mike Bain interviewed him and has his story on page 5. The clean up of the Tui Mine near Te Aroha was flagged by Tisch as one of the key projects he was involved in. It has been 10 years now since the abandoned mine was closed properly. MatamataPiako district and Waikato regional councils continue to monitor the site. Environmental issues have not been big on the National party’s radar but perhaps they will be now. The Healthy Rivers plan is pushing the political focus in that direction as public submissions on the controversial plan closed last week. So far only one contender has emerged to contest the Waikato seat. Candidate Tim van de Molen got the nod to contest the seat for National late last year.