New Zealand Surfing - - Between Sets -

Most New Zealan­ders vote in our gen­eral elec­tions and a sub­stan­tial more moan about how the coun­try is run, claim­ing that if they had a say it would be run like this and that. Well you do have a say and here is your chance to make a dif­fer­ence. Most ki­wis while lay­ing blame on the Govern­ment for many things in our com­mu­ni­ties don't re­alise that lo­cal de­ci­sions are of­ten made by the lo­cal coun­cil which is elected and run off a com­pletely dif­fer­ent vote. So if you want to see a change in your com­mu­nity and you are a rate payer then how about look­ing into what your lo­cal can­di­dates in your area are stand­ing for. This year we have two pas­sion­ate surfers stand­ing for the first time, that have had a lot of his­tory in our sport. One in Am­ber Dunn of Gis­borne and the other Chris Wilkes of Taranaki. Am­ber was a top com­pet­i­tive surfer in her day even rep­re­sent­ing New Zealand be­fore her stud­ies took hold of life and took her on to a Doc­tor­ate in earth and ocean sciences. Now a mother of two and still an ac­tive surfer Am­ber who al­ready works with the coun­cil in an ad­vi­sory po­si­tion re­gard­ing wastew­a­ter and fresh­wa­ter, has an eye for the pro­tec­tion of our fu­ture and our chil­dren's fu­ture which is the base of her cam­paign. “I know the de­ci­sions made to­day will cre­ate our chil­dren’s fu­ture and if we aren’t clear on what mat­ters most to us and what they will be proud to in­herit, we will fail to leave Gis­borne a bet­ter place for them.” Chris Wilkes is a pas­sion­ate coast surfer from Urunui Taranaki who has pushed en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues through his mu­sic in his band 'Ire Exit' for years, also a keen fish­er­man and hunter Chris has been at the fore­front of en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion since his teens cam­paign­ing against 1080 poi­son­ing and stop­ping pro­posed de­struc­tion of lo­cal reefs in pipe­line con­struc­tion. In his first year of stand­ing for lo­cal body elec­tion Chris is go­ing full hog and stand­ing for Mayor of New Ply­mouth believ­ing that if you want to make changes then you must grab the bull by the horns. He sees his qual­i­ties aside from stand­ing for the frag­ile en­vi­ron­ment is to bridge the con­nec­tion be­tween com­mu­nity and coun­cil which he ac­knowl­edges is cur­rently dis­con­nected. He lives by the motto " Life's to short not to make a change". So check out your lo­cal body elec­tion can­di­dates, per­haps they surf and stand for the same things that you want to see sorted in your com­mu­nity. You can check out both can­di­dates with Chris on Face­book, Chris Wilkes May­oral Can­di­date NPDC 2013 and Am­ber's web­site http://am­

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