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One-horse mayoral races lamented
YOUR COMMUNITY - YOUR CHOICE local body elections 2013
MANDATE NEEDED: The University of
Canterbury's Bronwyn Hayward said
lack of a lively mayoral contest could
see low voter participation.
By CATE BROUGHTON
NORTH CANTERBURY mayors --
Hurunui's Winton Dalley and
Waimakariri's David Ayers -- say
being re-elected unopposed is
probably a sign they are doing a
ElectionNZ officer Anthony
Morton said both mayors would be
elected unopposed and this would
be indicated on the voting papers.
Mr Ayers said that many
people had already offered him
I guess it does indicate a level
of support for what the council
has been doing over the last
It had been a challenging time
for the council, due to the
demands of earthquake recovery.
So it's gratifying to come
through all of that and have no-
one oppose you.''
Mr Dalley had mixed feelings
about being unopposed, and said
it was hard to say if it gave him
less of a mandate for the position.
It's either less -- or a total man-
date. So, as I say, it's a judgement
call. It would be nice to think it's
a total mandate, but it could be
complacency... who knows?''
However, he said other indica-
tions led him to believe he had the
community's support for another
three years in office.
The only comments I have
heard personally have been posi-
tive ones. I haven't had a negative
one to me -- about my performance
or council's performance -- so I
guess I can assume from that that
people are happy for me to have
University of Canterbury politi-
cal scientist Bronwyn Hayward
said that the lack of a lively
mayoral race would more likely
see voters fail to bother casting
However, she said the situation
could be seen two ways.
On the one hand, it is great if
communities feel so satisfied with
the incumbent candidate that
they don't want to challenge them.
On the other hand, the single
biggest factor that depresses voter
turnout is lack of competition.
If people don't turn out to
vote, it can undermine the legit-
imacy of decision-making -- so that
is a real problem.''
Ms Hayward said it was import-
ant for local council candidates to
get a very strong mandate, even if
people are satisfied, because it
shows the community wants to
have a say in its future.
Mr Ayers said the idea of
mandates could be overblown.
I don't think in terms of having
mandates. People vote for you on
the day, but you still have to work
with the community after that to
meet those community aspirations
and it doesn't give you a carte
blanche to do what you like.''
He said it was important
voters took the opportunity to vote
for members of their council and
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Have your say
Thank you, Northern Outlook,
for throwing light on the Farmers'
mystery. Now we know the reason
for the 500-day hold-up, but there
is still no end in sight. The
building owners can do nothing,
neither can the council, the MP, or
even the prime minister, and the
Government is evidently reluctant
to get involved. An insurance
company is willing to bring a
thriving New Zealand township to
its knees to impose its will.
What an incredible state of
I agree with councillors Neville
Atkinson and Roger Blair
(Outlook, August 17) that we need
our local cop shop to stay an active
part of our area. Their presence
seems to keep a lid on most of our
ratbags. In fact I'd like an
extension past 5pm on nutcase
nights, Fridays and Saturdays. If
one makes a call then, we're told if
there is a spare officer at Rangiora
they will check on it. They are not
near enough to nip things in the
bud. I reckon they're busy enough
locally with all the extras
crammed in there now, reading
Rangiora court reports and
problems. They make me shudder
-- so glad to be in Kaiapoi, where
incidentally we also have very
nice competent policewomen. One
was an active fire person as well,
until she became a mother.
Dedication to her community eh
what? Cut costs somewhere else
please Superintendent Knowles.
Our station isn't even quake-
I would like to thank again the
several people who helped to get
my papillon from the pound.
Claire went AWOL sometime on
Saturday, early afternoon, I think.
She is 16, deaf, blind and missing
a few marbles. I was told by the
out-of-hours council phone line
that no way could I get her before
Monday and no, I could not speak
to anyone at the pound to verify it
was indeed my little dog that was
there. First, thanks to councillor
Robbie Brine for reassurance and
help, also David Ayres (mayor)
and Jim Palmer (CEO), and then
to the nice man at the pound who
looks after the lost dogs -- and who
tried to connect up her microchip
wth me, but for some reason I
must investigate, was not
Claire was reunited with me
and my collie, Tess, midday
Sunday. Thanks so much, all
concerned. I can sleep again.
APPROPRIATE CLOTHING: Senior Constable Ken Terry, of the Rangiora police, wearing the sort of clothing a cyclist
should be in.
Pedalling in safety
A RANGIORA police officer is
calling for cyclists to wear more
visible clothing, after two
accidents in a week involving
cyclists being knocked off their
bikes at King St roundabouts.
Senior Constable Ken Terry,
the police's school community
officer in Rangiora, said it was a
cheap investment for cyclists to
lift their visibility to motorists,
even if they had the right of way.
In the first incident, an
Ashgrove School pupil, 10, was
riding his bike east along
Kingsbury Ave about 3.15pm
when he was struck by a bus at
the King St roundabout. The boy
was checked for bruises and
grazes, and allowed to go home.
The second incident happened
as a 13-year-old Rangiora High
School student was biking to
school eastwards about 8.15am on
Queen St, when a van knocked
him to the ground at the round-
about at the intersection with
King St. He, too, was treated for
bruises and grazes.
Mr Terry said both incidents
were slow impacts, but both could
have had very different outcomes.
He said that traffic conditions
had altered considerably since
The cyclists should take notice
of the campaign, Be Safe, Be Seen,
Mr Terry said.
They could wear more light-
coloured clothing, especially a
fluoro jacket or reflectorised ankle
bands. And the new LED lights
can be seen a mile off.''
He was certain precautions
would give cyclists more protec-
tion from other road users,
regardless of whether the cyclists
had the right of way.
There are two sides to this
campaign. We need to raise
awareness that cyclists have
rights too and that they are
harder to see with the sun lower
down, but we also need to raise
awareness of cyclists being safe
and seen by other motorists on
Senior Constable Terry said
cyclists should stay in the middle
of their lane when approaching a
roundabout, to avoid the risk of
being overtaken by a motorist.
We want more children cycling
to school, but at the same time,
they should not be riding their
bikes on the footpath.''
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