Who to vote for?

Over the past few months, we have profiled the candidates for the Waitaki electorate. Now that D-day is approaching, and in case you didn't get a chance to read those profiles, here is a brief precis on each candidate. Then don't forget to vote!

Sean Beamish  ACT

Beamish said the ACT  party values were very much aligned with his own. It's a case of individual freedom and the responsibility that goes along with that, he said.

"Free-market economics and small governments staying out of people's lives are a big part of this.

"In particular, at the start of the campaign, we didn't know the coronavirus was going to happen. At the same time, it was still about the Government letting the private sector get on and succeed rather than taking too much control over what's happening and dictating to them what the recovery should look like."

Jacqui Dean   National

Priorities for Dean included keeping pressure on the Government on its failure of Kiwibuild in Wānaka, advocating for infrastructure funding and ensuring locals were well represented in Wellington.

She is passionate about the conservation issues facing the Waitaki electorate such as wallabies, wilding pines and rabbits.

"The Government has betrayed farmers with its decision to rewrite the rules around management of the South Island High Country," Dean said.

Liam Wairepo   Labour

Twenty-one-year old Wairepo said the Labour Party was the one that was helping people, the working class, and so that's why he decided to stand.

"At the moment, the biggest frustration that I hear is that the district doesn't have a team advocate. So that's the point I want to make- I want to advocate for the community in parliament. It doesn't matter what side of the fence you sit on; the MP is there to represent the whole electorate, not just the people who vote for them."

Anthony Odering    NZ First

"The world is in strife," Odering said. "Everyone paints a rosy picture because everyone wants to get votes. But the reality is that the world is in a dire position and we need to have a centric government and this is why New Zealand First is required by the country.

New Zealand First can take away the excesses of the left and the excesses of the right and take that substantial common-sense middle ground where ordinary New Zealanders reside, he said.

Dr Sampsa Kiuru    Greens

Kiuru said we need to address climate change first and foremost. Then the other thing is our natural environment- we need to do more to protect our biodiversity.

"And the last thing is- I have the best job in the world serving the rural community, and we have beautiful rural communities. I think in the long term in about 20 years; the Green Party will offer the best livable situations for our rural communities.

"I am very involved in rural communities and I think the Green Party is the best for them."

Troy Allan    New Conservatives

The slide to the left of the political spectrum by both major parties has been going on for decades, and both are at fault, Allan said. "You couldn't put a cigarette paper between them. Now it seems like National is where Labour was when I first started voting; left of centre. It's time to do something different, to get involved and make a positive change for all New Zealanders.

"New Conservatives is the only party that I can see that has the understanding to turn the boat around and bring the political consciousness of the nation back to the "centre" instead of the extreme far (alt) left ideological mandate our country is being governed by at present."

Heather Meri Pennycook   Advance New Zealand

"Advance New Zealand believes in a New Zealand that stands up for our nation's freedom and sovereignty, forging ahead as an independent country delivering high-quality public services, investing in infrastructure to create jobs and better prosperity for citizens, and providing solutions for our economic, social and environmental well-being. "Pennycook said.

" I have a passion for social justice and looking at what's happening; I want to stand up and fight, for instance, for the farmers who are being hammered by the new legislation. I want to see fairness and accountability."

Daniel Shand    Independent 

Daniel Shand has approached politics very differently.

"I don't have policies as much as ideals," he said. "I believe in a more accurate representation of the public. I want to talk to the electorate and get to know what they want. Politicians always seem to be telling people what to do. Instead, they should listen as the representative of their electorate.

With that in mind, I have been asking people in the electorate if they feel like they are accurately represented. Or they are being told what to do.

But I feel a representative is responsible for helping the public with service - that is their first duty. For example the maternity issue here in Wanaka. A representative must also engage with the public democratically and represent their view.

Read edition 996 of the Wānaka Sun here.


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