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We’ve had some good feed­back from last week’s ‘‘mes­sage on a bot­tle’’ story out­lin­ing the Kiwi Bot­tle Drive cam­paign. The driv­ers of it want as­so­ci­ate en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Scott Simp­son to lobby Govern­ment for a re­turn to the bot­tle ex­change sys­tem which used to op­er­ate in New Zealand about 30 years ago. We Kiwi Bot­tle Drive will hold its own bot­tle col­lec­tion this week, or­gan­ised by Tran­si­tion Mata­mata. Stay­ing with pol­i­tics, this week we start the first in what we hope will be a se­ries of Q&As for the po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates con­test­ing the Waikato elec­torate, and the Hau­raki-Waikato elec­torate at this year’s gen­eral elec­tion. We’ve started with an open ques­tion, ask­ing what they thought was the main is­sue fac­ing the dis­trict. You can read and an­a­lyse their re­sponses on page 21. We hope that their replies will in some way as­sist peo­ple when it comes to make a de­ci­sion on who to vote for. If you have any ques­tions you would like to put to the can­di­dates, please let us know.

Lawrence Gullery MATA­MATA CHRON­I­CLE: (07) 888 7011 News Di­rec­tor: Lawrence Gullery, 027 839 6388, lawrence.gullery@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz AREA SALES MAN­AGER: An­to­nio Ganz, 027 204 2920, an­to­nio.ganz@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz AD­VER­TIS­ING CON­SUL­TANT: Ja­nine Bar­rett, 027 404 9073 ja­nine.bar­rett@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz RE­PORTERS: Rexine Hawes, (07) 888 7011, rexine.hawes@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz and Mike Bain, (07) 827 3840, mike.bain@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz CLAS­SI­FIEDS: lynda.mcrae@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz (dead­line 3pm Monday) DIS­PLAY BOOK­ING DEAD­LINE: 3pm Thurs­day DIG­I­TAL EDI­TION: mata­mat­achron­i­cle.co.nz AD­DRESS: 2 Tainui St, PO Box 148, Mata­mata 10,425 AUDITED CIRCULATION (ABC for 12 mths to 31 Dec 15).

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