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LET'S LIFT HAWKE'S BAY FROM GOOD TO GREAT! Here s the way ...
Yes, if we re smarter about it, we can have both more and better jobs,
AND protect our environment.
We ve got to get it right on water!
We re not ready to gamble on fracking, GMOs or a $600M dam ...
their risks haven t been adequately assessed, let alone accepted.
Councils must treat our citizens with respect ...that means full information
and genuine consultation before making major decisions.
We need a uni ed vision & e cient planning for Hawke s Bay ... and that includes amalgamation.
On these counts, our current Regional Council isn t delivering.
As BayBuzz editor, people approach me daily about their hopes and worries
for Hawke s Bay. I listen.
I hear concern that our current councillors won t make the right choices about our water,
about risky dams and oil development, protecting ratepayer wallets, maintaining our
assets, and growing sustainably.
To tackle these issues, I ll bring fresh energy, independent thinking, creative solutions,
and genuine teamwork to the table.
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It was a rainy Sunday, the kids were fidgety, behaving a little like caged
animals. In my wisdom I decided to do a supermarket shop with the kids.
Matt looked incredulous and asked me why I would put myself through it.
I should have listened.
I packed all three kids in the car, Coco (7), Arki (4) and Tiger (2). The trip in
was a breeze - we were the picture of a truly happy travelling family, radio on,
Coca asking for it to be turned up because "This is my bestest song ever."
Because I was enjoying the drive, I went further than intended, and ended
up at a supermarket I'd never been to before. First mistake (actually, the first
mistake was deciding to go to the supermarket at all). I parked the car, got the kids
out and sorted -- Tiger in the trolley, Coco and Arki on foot. Away we went.
All was going well until Arki disappeared, only to be found on the outside
of the turn stile, which had clearly bumped him on the head on the way through.
He put on a brave face, despite the giggling of the people who had witnessed
it. By this stage, I realised that I left the shopping list in the car (I should have
downloaded that App that Waggs recommended), and have no idea what we
actually need. This meant the trolley was filled with random, totally unnecessary
items that I have yet to use -- somehow snail pallets snuck in there!
While I was reading the back of a tin of spaghetti, Arki said in a very
clear, very loud little person voice "Mummy that man has boobs" -- with a
nervous giggle, I threw the tin in the trolley and sped off to the next aisle.
We were almost there. Only a couple of little things left to find. Of course,
Arki hadn't finished yet, "Mummy look, that lady has a beard". Eek! I was
running. I had to get them out of there before I was attacked.
Through the checkout, the two older kids were crying because I wouldn't
let them have a lolly. The 'bearded lady' was giving me dirty looks and I
couldn't actually see Tiger because the trolley was so full. We raced out
to the car, got the kids locked and loaded into their car seats, threw the car
into reverse and off we went. Relief.
That is until Coco said, "Mummy, why didn't you put the food in the
car?" Unbelievably, the groceries were still in the trolley in the car park.
Fortunately, upon my return they were still there.
Retrospectively, it's easy to ponder
"What on earth was I thinking?"
Very clearly I wasn't!
A very stressful trip out, and to make it even worse,
I forgot to buy wine!
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To unite or not?
Three candidates have put themselves forward to be mayor of Hastings
in next month's local body elections. This week they have been asked to
share their views on amalgamation and street safety in the city.
tion is a major
requires a ref-
we can easily
undo. I believe councils can
work more closely together
within the existing framework
and I have proved this through
my work on joint council com-
mittees. The secret in my view
to working together is putting
our community first, not politics.
If we are given the opportunity
and started working more col-
laboratively now and begin
aligning council policy across
the board, it would provide an
invaluable transition period
ahead of any amalgamation,
should it go ahead.
Lack of Community Safety,
whether perceived or real, par-
ticularly in our CBD's is a core
responsibility of council.
Establish a safe hub within
our CBD by leasing one of the
empty shops which will be the
HQ of the council's security
patrols, volunteer community
patrols, Maori wardens and the
Increasing the amount of
lighting and trimming of trees to
improve visibility and sightlines
in areas of particular concern.
By all these groups and others
working together, we can start
to address some of the issues
This should be of the highest
priority for the council.
must stop the
Hastings, which is damaging
our image and economy. I doubt
ratepayers will benefit as sav-
ings will be gobbled up by
bureaucracy and pet projects.
There is a perception Hast-
ings streets are not safe, but in
reality Napier is probably more
dangerous. It is the result of
unacceptable behaviour such as
spitting, swearing, loitering and
unruly behaviour by a conspicu-
ous but relatively small number
of young people.
Council staff, police, and
retailers must act in unison to
make the CBD unattractive to
I support the
of the five
Hawke's Bay is to remain com-
petitive with other regions and
receive our share of resources
and people we need to have one
plan, one voice and one vision. I
support a concept which streng-
thens local decision making
while allowing important stra-
tegic decisions to be made
regionally. With GDP growth for
the past four years at 3.2 per
cent against the national aver-
age of 11.7 per cent, the region
has a serious challenge to
remain competitive. Shared
services will not address the
problem of fragmented leader-
That Hastings streets are
unsafe is more perception than
reality. I don't think the safety
issues in our streets are any
worse than most other places in
New Zealand. In November the
council is introducing ambas-
sadors to the city to help tourists
and locals feel welcome. We also
intend to ban skateboards in the
CBD after the William Nelson
skate park is finished.
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