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Selwyn Times: September 20, 2016

8 Tuesday

8 Tuesday September 20 2016 SELWYN TIMES Five candidates are vying to be Selwyn’s next mayor. The Selwyn Times spoke to each of them to find out why they believe they deserve your vote. •More election coverage on pages 10,12 and 13 Elections 16 Sam Broughton Cr Broughton said his ability to connect with different generations and the drive to see things through will set him apart from other mayoralty candidates. A two term district councillor, at 35 he is the youngest of the five mayoral candidates by 13 years. “I have an energy and a vision to see things into the future; things that are going to be around while I’m living to see them come to fruition,” Cr Broughton said. “I’m really keen to be part of a council which has a range of people on it that bring different points of view. I would like to see the leadership of the council have some drive and passion and I think I can bring that.” Cr Broughton believed the district council had done a good job during his six years and could be proud of its “forward looking” approach to strategic planning. He wanted to see it improve on communicating with the community and said he would lead an inclusive council where everyone’s view was listened to and decisions were made corroboratively. Cr Broughton is on the Coleridge Habitat Enhancement Trust, and Rolleston Christian School board of trustees, runs the day spa at Terrace Downs with wife Liz, and has long been involved with youth work at Darfield Baptist Church and Two Rivers Community Trust. Sarah Walters Cr Walters said her extensive local government experience and background living in both urban and rural communities make her the best candidate for the mayoralty. Cr Walters has served three terms on the district council, the last two as deputy mayor, and believes she is well prepared for the top job. “I have been working really hard over the last three years, I have got a really high level of knowledge at different levels of local government.” She is district council’s representative on the Joint Regional Transport Committee and on delegations to several local government meetings. “I think it’s an absolute necessity to Selwyn that both [rural and urban] areas do well and thrive,” she said. Stepping in as acting mayor on several occasions while Kelvin Coe was away had given her the chance to experience some aspects of the role already. Cr Walters said the district council had done a good job during her three terms but there was room for improvement. “One of the areas I have been working on over the last three years is transport and I think there are some things we can do better on there. I have been a strong advocate of improving walking and cycling facilities but I would also like to see public transport improved as well.” Debra Hasson After seven terms and more than 20 years on the district council, Debra Hasson believes her long service and sound knowledge of local government has prepared her well to take on the mayoralty. She said that over the years, whenever there had been a gap in her knowledge she had taken steps to educate herself. “Where I have seen issues like environmental management lacking in local government, I went back to university and up-skilled myself,” she said. In 2001 she completed a master’s degree in environmental management and planning, with her research covering the Resource Management Act, the Rating Powers Act and the Local Government Act. She believed the district council had done an exceptional job in general but there were areas where improvement was needed. “I know you could say that our natural environment is the responsibility of our regional council but we, as a local authority, have to work in partnership with Environment Canterbury, so it’s all about developing partnerships to get results,” she said. She wanted to implement new processes at district council meetings to make sure everyone had a fair hearing, whether it was other district councillors or members of the community. “They need to go away assured that we have listened to their concerns and tried to accommodate them.” Selwyn Waihora Zone Talk to us about your land and water management The Selwyn Waihora Zone Team is hosting drop-in days in Darfield every second Wednesday to talk with people about local water management, and offer support and help. We hope you can come along and get to know the team working in your area. The next meetings are on Wednesday 21 September and Wednesday 5 and 19 October. Selwyn Waihora Zone Team drop-in day: When: Wednesday 21 September and Wednesday 5 and 19 October, 1.00–4.00pm (no appointment necessary) Where: Selwyn-Rakaia Vet Clinic, South Terrace, Darfield (alongside the bakery) Brought to you by Environment Canterbury working with HEAT PUMP SALE NOW ON! Amazin’ spring Specials!! • We will offer you the best quality brands and option of heat pump for your home/business • Providing Heat Pump solutions for over 14 years to Cantabrians • We personally guarantee all our products & installs for 5 years (providing annual maintenance has been completed) Phone us today for your free consultation & quote 41A SHAKESPEARE RD, WALTHAM PHONE 03 366 0525 www.enviromaster.co.nz “A local team for local people”

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday September 20 2016 9 Pat McEvedy District councillor Pat McEvedy is counting on his record as a leader in both the community and in business circles to set him apart from the other candidates come election time. “I think the key to this election isn’t the issues in front of us because the council will manage those issues, the key to this election is who has the ability to unite and lead a good strong cohesive council,” Cr McEvedy said. “I think I’ve got a pretty good record of working with Ngai Tahu, DOC, Fish & Game and other councils – all of those groups that we need to be working with.” Cr McEvedy has been on the district council for two terms and represented it on several committees and working parties, including the Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee, which he chaired for several years while it developed rules around land use and water quality for the district. He is also the chairman or trustee on several trusts and a director of three companies. Cr McEvedy believed the district council was doing a good job but could do better. “I think our communication needs to be better and that’s one area that I will concentrate on and also I think the speed with which we actually get things done could be better,” he said. Bill Woods Mr Woods believes he is the only one of the five mayoral candidates who represents change and genuine accountability. “I’m the only one who is not an existing councillor so I’m the only one who can actually criticise the present council because those other candidates are the ones that created the position it’s in now,” Mr Woods said. A former Selwyn mayor (from 1992 to 1995) and district councillor himself, he said today’s district council was out of control with rates and staff numbers having massively increased. “They haven’t tar-sealed a shingle road in the rural areas for over 10 years so of course all the farmers and rural people are paying rates and not getting any services.” He described the current district councillors as “puppets” who agreed with whatever the staff put in front of them and said he would bring accountability to the role. “The main thing that I stand out from the other candidates is that I do not believe that the council is always right,” he said. “The council, if they make mistakes, I would be the first to admit it and do something about it.” Mr Woods is a director of Taege Engineering. He formerly owned a poultry farm, as well as a store at Springfield and garage at Sheffield. People can once again cast a vote for representation onto Environment Canterbury. The area is represented by the Mid-Canterbury Constituency with one candidate to be elected. Nicky Snoyink “Kia ora! I was born and grew up in Mid-Canterbury. I love living in Canterbury but lament what has happened to our rivers, streams and plains. I grew up roaming the region’s rivers and lakes, when water was clean and abundant. I want to be part of a regional council which promotes policies that result in a fair and workable system, where all sectors of the community can determine how water is allocated and used; where our communities are well connected by a safe and efficient transport system and where the well-being of people and the environment is the priority.” John Sunckell “I am a third generation dairy farmer from the Leeston area. I am married to Karen and we have two children, one studying environmental management at Otago University and our second still at high school. As a family, we have a strong community focus, particularly with St John Ambulance, our youth programme and on-road operationally. I am a qualified paramedic and also chairman of Selwyn Central St John, leading the funding and building of a new ambulance station in Rolleston. My involvement in water matters goes back to the mid 2000s, when the Selwyn/Rakaia area went through a consent review process. From there, it was a natural progression to become involved in the (Canterbury Water Management Strategy) and the Selwyn/Te Waihora Zone Committee.” John Foster I’m 71-years-old, semi-retired, educated at Canterbury University and have had a varied career as a field exploration geologist, mine and hydro feasibility engineering geologist, environmental scientist and analyst and also a financial analyst. I have been a regional councillor before for West Coast Regional Council, 1998-2001. In national politics, I am a board member of the United Future Party. 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