Can­di­dates scru­ti­nised

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

How im­por­tant is it to re­place coun­cil­lors for rep­re­sen­ta­tion? What would their vote go to­wards? Com­ing up are 20 days of very im­por­tant coun­cil meet­ings on the 10 yearly re­view of the Dis­trict Plan, on how the dis­trict un­folds around the Re­source Man­age­ment Act.

Who would re­place Cr Barry Her­lihy for Toko­roa ward? Well stand­ing for coun­cil was Robin Atkins, from mo­tor­cy­cle New Zealand fame or Colin Bri­dle, from Sal­va­tion Army ad­vo­cacy, who hears the midnight sigh of the poor, es­pe­cially in liquor re­form and pokie ma­chine com­pul­sions, that coun­cil fun­da­men­tally reg­u­lates.

Who would re­place Cr War­ren Lee, for Ti­rau on the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil? Sharon Clair (158 votes to War­ren Lee’s 322 votes) also stood, in 2010, for Ti­rau and the may­oralty. Ger­ry­man­der­ing plain and sim­ple? Two new coun­cil­lors is chal­leng­ing to the mayor and deputy mayor’s agenda on han­dling $25 mil­lion, in elec­tric­ity shares, be­ing hid­den from the amal­ga­ma­tion process that may or may not hap­pen. Ask Johnny Dri­den (1225 votes) what is was like work­ing for chief ex­ec­u­tive Craig Hobbs and Cr Jenny Shat­tock (2352 votes) in the ra­dio in­dus­try. Johnny went on to form Cruise FM for Toko­roa. Con­troller and Au­di­tor Gen­eral looks into how in­cum­bents ne­go­ti­ate gen­eral busi­ness of coun­cil and the elec­tion process, while in the run-up to lo­cal body elec­tions. Elec­tion can­di­dates and the Lo­cal Au­thor­i­ties (Mem­bers’ In­ter­ests) 1968 Act.

R. Young in love whether it is two women, two men or a man and a woman.

If that love be­tween two hearts makes you a bet­ter per­son then how can that be wrong? F Dou­glas

Toko­roa

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