Thanks to all you lovely people who voted for me.
It was very touching and good to know that I have support for my ideas and vision throughout the Waitaki and 144 new friends!
I think I must now be officially retired….well….for a while anyway.
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Brick bats and Bouquets
As I near the end of a long three months campaigning in the beautiful Waitaki District there are some thoughts I’m going to share with you. When you put your head above the parapet and stand for political office you get to know who your real friends are very quickly. Mostly the people in the District have been interested in me and what I have to offer them and have been kind, so thanks to you Waitakians for that
I’d like to mention a few people for Big beautiful bouquets:
- Lewis and Karen Hore for nominating me for Mayor and their unfailing, unconditional, friendship and support
- Tony Campbell for instant support and testing me early on
- Don and Nicky for instant support, encouragement and displaying my buttons
- Carolyn for asking regularly how I was (and being willing to be seen with me in public)
- Ed and all the wonderful people who endorsed me on this website
- Sue Smith (and Kathy) for signing the nomination forms for Councillor
- Gary and Kerry Kircher for always being kind and friendly to me on the campaign
- Sarah from Immersion for wise council
- The lovely people who have contacted me personally to offer encouragement and support
- Andy Galaxy for being so creative and, for just being Andy
- Eve for asking how things were going and her love
- and of course biggest ever love and happiness to……. te tane eh hoa, Ian, aroha.
Aww shucks! Collected my mail this morning and there was a lovely card and note from the Problem Gambling Foundation people thanking me, as one of three Councillors on the recent TAB and Gambling Policy review, for our stand on the new sinking lid and removal of heaps of pokie machines in South Dunedin.
So kind. Great to get that recognition and gratitude in my final week of 9 years battling for social good in Dunedin.
Monday 7 October is my final time to sit around the big table in the Council Chambers. I’m feeling fine about it. Not sad or excited, just matter of fact.
Nine years ago I stood as a candidate in the Hills Wards (an electorate I didn’t even live in by the stroke of a pen) and was elected by enough people through the STV system to gain a seat. I stood on the environmental plank and I’m pleased to say that these days, rather than been seen as radical and a threat, environmentalists are mainstreamed. I’m also pleased to see many of the things I stood for nine years ago engrained in policy documents throughout the Council now. Policies that see a firm commitment from the DCC to protect and enhance the city through:
- Environmental Sustainability
- Practical and flexible kerbside recycling sytem for everyone
- Coastal Dune Reserves Protection
- Effective line funding/budget for City Reserves
- Social Housing upgrade
- Safe pedestrian and cycling tracks
- Public toilets upgrade
- Partnership with Manawhenua
are just some of the things I have pushed for. They aren’t big sexy, wow, things - more like in the background, backbone, core triple bottom line components of a caring Council. All good things.
Hope I get the chance to do more good in ‘Happy Waitaki’.
#gigatown[dunedin] yay for Dunedin to try and win this
As I said at the Oamaru Mayoral Forum a few weeks ago, as your new Mayor I’d be lobbying to get the reserve land overlooking the town called Forrester Heights handed over to a Trust independent of Council and run along the same lines as the Karori or Orokanui Eco sanctuary. Fund raise, attract a strong membership and volunteers groups, get the land replanted with appropriate native plant species, fence it, create accessible tracks up to universal design standards, have a wee education centre and sell ticket to visitors to enter and ponder the natural beauty and awesomeness of the place. Any profits after operation costs will be returned to Council to help pay off the Opera House debt.
I’m not convinced it will need a predator proof fence. There’s a feeling with some environmentalists that having a few pests helps to retain the natural balance. So fencing needn’t cost a fortune.
What do you think?
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Great news for Waitaki YOUth!
YES we have permission from Waitaki District Council for a trial to use the footpath from Coquet St to Weir St for the Otago Youth Market.
First market will be held 12-4pm Sunday 15th September. Now all we need is stall holders and you can help get this message out to young people by Please like our facebook page .
Many thanks to Thunes and Richard from WDC for rolling out the red carpet not the red tape for this project …
and super big upps for Jeremy from Soul Surf Skate shop for his instant support. Cheers Jer!
The Otago Youth Market will be a safe place for our young people to socialise and learn new skills.
WDC have given us the green light for footpath space on Thames St.
They have really rolled out the red carpet on this project.
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