Ste­wart chal­lenges Barker for ward po­si­tion on coun­cil

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

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.

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