Northern Outlook : August 30th 2014
6 NORTHERN OUTLOOK, AUGUST 30, 2014 Time to honour helpers Nominations are open for the Waimakariri community service awards. The district council holds a community service awards ceremony every year to recognise people who have made great contributions to the district. Up to 12 awards are presented each year. Anyone can be nominated who has carried out significant voluntary service in the Waimakariri District in the areas of the arts, culture, education, health, recreation, sport, welfare, or youth. The person needs to be nominated by any two citizens of the district. People who have received royal or national honours for their service or actions are also eligible to be considered for a community service award. Full criteria and details are included on the nomination form, which can be downloaded from the Waimakariri District Council website. Nominations close on Monday, September 15. This year’s community service awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 29. NEWS Craig pulls out ofNCmeeting By TIM FULTON Conservative Party leader Colin Craig left three people at a North Canterbury town hall meeting hanging, after dropping out to capitalise on a potentially ground-breaking poll result. Craig was expected at the meeting, hosted by 19th-ranked candidate Howard Hudson in Amberley on Thursday, but pulled out late on Tuesday night. Media calls beckoned in Auckland and Craig could not make a 6am flight to keep his date at the southern end of the Kaikoura electorate. His party was seemingly within reach of the 5 per cent threshold for entry to Parliament, witha3News/Reid Research poll earlier in the week showing the Conservative Party at 4.6 per cent. Regardless, three people showed up at the Amberley meeting. Hudson, a sergeant with the Royal New Zealand Air Force at Woodbourne, near Blenheim, said he had no way of letting people know Craig could not make it. Craig said he had a tight schedule until election day, but had been visiting places like Gore and Lumsden, and hoped he could make it back to North Canterbury. One of the three attendees, Amberley resident Brian Leslie, said he had been keen to talk to Craig because he liked some Conservative policies. He had noticed the party had polled at nearly 5 per cent, but asked Hudson what impact the party could make in Parliament. ‘‘I said to him, ‘How much muscle are you guys going to have?’ That sort of floors them a bit,’’ Leslie said. The retired businessman felt the Conservatives were ‘‘probably a bit idealistic’’ but said he agreed with most of their thinking. Craig said the poll result fol- lowed an upward trend in the past fortnight. Polls published later in the week were not so favourable. A stuff.co.nz/Ipsos poll on Thursday had the Conservatives at 2.7 per cent, and a HeraldDigiPoll rated them at 3.3 per cent. ❚ Kaikoura candidates, P8 Tea for three: Organisers of the Conservative party meeting in Amberley had been hoping for a larger turnout than three.
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