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Rates target of fledgling party
By CATE BROUGHTON
THE ELECTION of 10 new
candidates to the Waimakariri
District Council at this year's elec-
tions could bring a change to the rat-
ing system, according to the men
behind the Rates No More group.
Rick Caddick and Warwick
Rathgen told a group of about 100
people at a meeting in the Rangiora
RSA last week that a new bunch of
candidates under the Rates No More
umbrella could be the start of a
What we want is a fairer and
more equitable system for all and we
have to start somewhere, so why not
begin right here,'' Mr Rathgen said.
The men object to the current
land-based rating system and want
the mechanism changed to an
The system is not working and in
some cases is very unfair on elderly
people,'' Mr Caddick said.
The income-based system would
take note of people's ability to pay,
whereas the present system did not.
There are people who really can't
afford to pay the rates,'' he said.
The pair acknowledged legislative
change was required for a new sys-
tem to be implemented, but said a
groundswell of action at the local
level could bring it about.
Mr Rathgen said the new
candidates would need to have a
background in business and be
able to keep a close eye on costs
and take a more businesslike
approach to expenditure''.
Another meeting will be held in
June to further the campaign.
The pair would like to hear from
anyone interested in standing under
the Rates No More banner in the
Shopping complex on way
RETAIL THERAPY: An artist's impression of the new shopping complex planned for Silverstream Estates in Kaiapoi.
SILVERSTREAM ESTATES in
Kaiapoi is on track to house a new
The shopping and office complex
will include about 15 shops across
more than 2300 square metres and
1175sqm of offices over two levels.
Silverstream's general manager,
Tim Blake, said construction was
due to start in April or May this year
and be finished by the end of March
Discussions are under way with a
number of businesses, with a view to
having leases formalised by the end
of September,'' Mr Blake said.
Businesses being considered for
the site include a convenience
store, fruit and vegetable market,
a family restaurant, medical centre,
gym, hair salon, liquor outlet, a
delicatessen, a post shop and
The upstairs office area will
include space for a law firm and real
The Silverstream residential sub-
division was given the go-ahead in
late 2011 by Earthquake Recovery
Minister Gerry Brownlee, using
special emergency powers after
Kaiapoi lost homes to red zoning.
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