Stewart challenges Barker for ward position on council
The challenger to the South Waikato-Rotorua constituency on Environment Waikato is looking to replace Norm Barker as more than just a Rates Control member.
Neil Stewart is challenging incumbent Mr Barker for the regional council ward.
Mr Stewart is running on the Rates Control ticket. At the last election Mr Barker was a Rates Control member but he left the group this year.
At a candidates’ meeting in Tirau Mr Barker, a former South Waikato District councillor, said he felt the group had served its purpose in bringing rates under control.
He felt the group’s purpose to cut rates had started to affect vital EW activities such as road safety, public trans- port and pest control.
Road safety is a big issue for Mr Barker. ‘‘ My biggest passion and why I got into politics was road safety. It’s been a significant factor in what I’ve tried to do.
‘‘ Waikato’s ( accident) figures are turning around. We’re starting to get some major projects in terms of road safety.’’
Mr Stewart has left the country for the duration of the election campaign.
He is understood to be on a hunting trip in Canada.
He is a retired farmer from Tokoroa and keen hunter.
Mr Stewart lost a large part of his herd in 1983 to a TB outbreak.
Mr Stewart wants possum control to be limited to ground applied methods not aerial applications.
IN THE HAT: Norm Barker is seeking a second term on Environment Waikato.