Ratepayers listen and ask the questions
Election candidates fronted the public last week at meetings held in Tokoroa and Tirau.
More than 50 people turned out for a meeting in Tokoroa organised by the town’s Rotary club.
Mayoral candidates Neil Sinclair and Sharon Clair, and 11 of the 15 candidates for council spoke.
Candidate Mike Gubb could not attend as he was at a course in Auckland while Lyn Corban, Johnny Dryden and Barrie Herlihy were said to have declined the invitation.
In Tirau the following night Mr Dryden was in attendance at a Lions organised meeting as were his fellow mayoral candidates, candidates for Tirau Ward, Tirau Community Board and EW councillor Norm Barker.
Mr Barker’s opponent in the South Waikato-Rotorua constituency Neil Stewart could not attend as he is on a sixweek holiday in Canada.
Mr Stewart was represented as his speech was read out by the meeting’s master of ceremonies. After speeches, questions were invited. Several candidates not on council were grilled on their experience and readiness for the job. Candidates not known to the audience were asked their links to the South Waikato.
There is a candidates meeting at Elim Community Centre in Tokoroa at 1pm tomorrow.