Feilding Herald : November 17th 2011
30 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2011 ELECTION 2011 Every day in November* we are giving away a Rydges Wellington experience valued at $595! Simply collect 3 'WIN Rydges Wellington' coupons featured daily during November. Paste them to the entry form published every Monday and Thursday and post away! *See ManawatuStandard.co.nz for full terms and conditions WIN a experience! 4111771AA The Rangitikei Electorate has eight candidates standing in the general election. All candidates were asked to submit a photograph and answers to questions we put to them. The following are responses received. Rangitikei in his blood Ian McKelvie, National Party What attributes and experience make you the right person to represent Rangitikei? I come from a fifth generation farming family that has farmed by the Rangitikei River since the 1850s. Having been born, bred and educated here it is impossible not to have a deep affection for all things Rangitikei. The health and welfare of its people, soils, waters and scenery are subjects dear to mine and my fami- ly's heart. The farm is now run by the next generation and I find myself with plenty of energy and motivation to pursue governance roles that will impact positively on improving the well-being of our region. I have served as president of the Royal Agriculture Society, director of the Farmers Mutual Group and more recently as mayor of the Manawatu District, which takes in a fair chunk of the Rangitikei elec- torate. Experience in all these roles, together with my practical farming knowledge, gives me the confidence to know that I will represent the region effectively in Parliament. What are most motivating factors that drive you? Having this deep affinity with the Rangitikei, it has been hard to watch over recent decades as flourishing and lovely towns like Marton, Taihape and Taumarunui depopulate and regress. Times and values have changed I know, but good roads, rail, power and high speed broadband will, in the future, put them on a more even playing field. Investment in infrastructure will give these towns a chance to attract new industries aligned to modern innovations in agriculture, food and tourism -- which are our strengths. Having three of the nation's defence bases in our electorate pres- ents opportunities for supporting- role businesses too. I am certainly motivated to encourage, promote and politically assist any sustainable enterprise that has the positive consequence of adding industry, people and employment to our wonderful region. What issues are the most important in respect to those living within the Rangitikei? The issues affecting the people of Rangitikei are not unique and parallels can be drawn with any rural-based electorate in New Zealand that has remote areas. Good infrastructure determines the well-being of any community. Improved roading, power and com- munications would allow the Rangitikei to build on its strengths of modern sustainable agricultural practices, allied industries and tour- ism. The advantages brought by any viable population increase builds on itself and are the only foil to unem- ployment, low wages and prices adversely affected by low volume consumption and transportation. Improvements in viable health services and education are a natural by-product of such growth. How long have you been a member of your party and what is your experience in national politics? My family and I have always been traditional National Party supporters and members. For the last nine years as mayor of the Manawatu District I made a con- scious effort to put political party bias to one side and govern apolitically. I believe it is essential in local government to have healthy cross- party communication and tolerance, and respect for any representative of central government. This stance has stood me in good stead, particularly during the dev- astating floods of 2004. I re-joined the National Party again recently to fulfil my aspiration of being selected to represent Rangitikei at a national level and to continue the good work of Hon Simon Power in this electorate. Youthful tenacity and determination Hayden Fitzgerald -- Act Party I'm 18 years old and standing for the ACT Party in Rangitikei. I am a student at Massey University work- ing towards a BA in Economics and Social Policy and a BBS in Account- ing. I want a New Zealand with the same opportunities as there are overseas. All other parties are advocating the continuation of the status quo. They will keep doing what they've always done and will, not surprisingly, get the same mediocre results. ACT is the only party that advocates for something different; smaller government with higher levels of personal responsibility and individual freedom. ACT is the only party truly committed to implementing policy that will actu- ally keep my generation here. This is why I have chosen to represent ACT. What attributes and experi- ence make you the right person to represent Rangitikei? I am young and determined. I will fight tooth and nail for the inherent rights and responsibilities of every- day people. Too often the Govern- ment is now assuming individuals' rights and responsibilities, instead of protecting them. What are the most motivating factors that drive you? I am driven by the fact that my generation will have to deal with the irresponsible policies of today. I do not want to have to move over- seas to be successful. The loss of our people overseas does not have to continue. Only ACT is committed to putting in place policies that will actually deliver results. What issues are the most important in respect to those living within the Rangitikei? A really important issue facing the people of Rangitikei is the Emissions Trading Scheme. The ETS has already pushed up elec- tricity prices by 5 per cent and fuel by 4 cents a litre. This is totally unnecessary. ACT is the only party committed to throwing the ETS in the garbage, where it belongs. How long have you been a member of your party and what is your experience in national politics? I joined ACT earlier this year because I was concerned about the National Party's lack of a backbone. Speaking up for small towns Dr Peter Cleave, Mana Party What attributes and experience make you the right person to represent Rangitikei? I have done talkback radio into the Rangitikei area for more than twelve years with big listenerships in small but important places like Marton. I have a strong and extensive his- tory in sports administration, coaching and broadcasting in the area especially in Rugby League and boxing. What are the most motivating factors that drive you? The Rangitikei electorate area is a forgotten place. Even worse, small towns from Marton to Taumarunui and their people are often forgotten. I want their voices to be heard. What issues are the most important in respect to those living within the Rangitikei? Jobs, jobs and more jobs. When our human resources are working then we can turn to health, housing and education all of which are very important in Rangitikei. How long have you been a member of your party and what is your experience in national politics? I have been a supporter of the Mana movement for over thirty years going back to the days of mana motuhake and earlier. I stood for parliament for Labour in 1987 in Waikato and turned it from a 5000 plus majority to a mar- ginal seat of less than 2000 votes difference between myself and the National candidate. I was the chairman of the Wai- kato Labour Regional Council for many years. Green jobs, safe kids Maree Brannigan -- Green Party There is gathering momentum for the Green political movement in our rural areas and recognition that our environment, our people and our economy are an intricate web. I'm standing to support clear Green action plans which resonate 100 per cent with local issues; specifically child poverty, green jobs and clean rivers. I have vast experience in edu- cation, community development, tourism, project management and running small business and am passionate about the challenges and rewards of living in small town rural NZ. The Rangitikei is a spectacular place, with genuine community spirit striving to meet local needs. Green goals will positively impact local issues; raising 100,000 chil- dren from poverty; growing smart green tech jobs; sorting out our rivers of shame with a robust fresh- water plan -- all achievable with a party vote Green.
November 24th 2011