The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PA­PER, YOUR PLACE -

The di­ver­sity in the group of coun­cil can­di­dates in­tro­duced to us last week is so re­fresh­ing and em­pow­er­ing to see.

There’s 11 women stand­ing, and good rep­re­sen­ta­tion of eth­nic­ity and youth.

With only five women mak­ing up just a third of our cur­rent city coun­cil, I am es­pe­cially heart­ened to see al­most half of the can­di­dates are women.

Hope­fully, each coun­cil can­di­date in­spires ev­ery per­son in our com­mu­nity to vote for some­one they feel can truly rep­re­sent them in over­see­ing our city.

We have a lot more elec­tions cov­er­age planned and we hope to give you good in­for­ma­tion to as­sist you in mak­ing your vot­ing choices.

But most of all, we’re in­ter­ested in hear­ing what you think and what you be­lieve the pri­or­i­ties are for our up­com­ing coun­cil to ad­dress.

Please send us your let­ters to tri­ or join our dis­cus­sions on Neigh­bourly.

- Lisa

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