Voting papers returned as of COB Friday the 24th:
- Hastings District: 12.76% (ranging from 11.08% in Flaxmere to 15.62% in Havelock North)
- Napier: 13.54%
- Central Hawke’s Bay: 15.42%
More detail here.
CANDIDATES’ STANDS …
‘Tis the season for local body candidate surveys and questionnaires. Still pondering your vote? Here are the results to four questionnaires that many candidates have responded to.
Responding here were: Tom Belford, Robert Burnside, Alan Dick, Murray Douglas, Tim Gilbertson, Shaun Haraki, Liz Remmerswaal, Hugh Ritchie, Joan Ropiha, Christine Scott, Bill Shortt, Tim Tinker, Eileen von Dadelszen, and Fenton Wilson.
Not responding were incumbents Ewan McGregor, Kevin Rose and Neal Kirton (Kirton replied that he was “happy for my water quality advocacy and voting record to speak for itself”), as well as challenger Allan Baldock.
Grower John Bostock, on behalf of himself and other food producers in the region, put questions about “protecting the local economy from the impacts of outdoor GMO use” to candidates for the Regional, Hastings, CHB and Napier Councils.
Said Bostock in a press release: “The Hawke’s Bay economy relies heavily on high value food produce, and given the proven economic risks to both conventional and organic businesses from even trace amounts of GM contamination in food, the responses are encouraging. Though many candidates chose not to respond, the high level of support from respondents for investigating options for local control of GMOs is welcome and I look forward to successful candidates pursuing these investigations further. It is a critical issue to get right if we are to protect the many food producers that sustain the region’s prosperity.”
Here is the complete Bostock media release, which includes responses from the 34 candidates who replied (of 89 queried):
Regional Council: Belford, Burnside, Douglas, Gilbertson, McGregor, Remmerswaal, Ritchie and Ropiha.
Hastings Council: Bowers, Collin, Hazlehurst, Kimber, Mohi-McGoverin, McKenzie, Nee Harland, Nixon, O’Keefe, Te Huia, Wilson-Hunt, and Yule.
Napier Council: Castle-Allen, Cocking, Furlong, Gwynn, Herbert, Jeffery, Jenkins, Jurczakowski, Pipe, Pyke, Sye, and White.
CHB: McHardy, Williams
Positions on coastal protection were sought by WOW, the Haumoana/TeAwanga community orgnization, regarding their beaches, and by Napier advocate Larry Dallimore with respect to Westshore beach erosion.
WOW queried pertinent Regional and Hastings Council candidates regarding the community’s proposal for an engineered solution to beach protection and enhancement along that shoreline. Responses have been published in this WOW newsletter, delivered to 850 homes along the coast.
Only Regional Council candidates standing in Hastings constituency were queried, and all responded, including: Belford, Burnside, Douglas, McGregor, Remmerswaal, Rose, von Dadelszen.
For Hastings Council, only mayoral and Heretaunga Ward candidates were queried. Responding were mayoral hopefuls Nee Harland, Nixon, Ratima, and Yule; and Heretaunga candidates Collin, Heaps, McKenzie, and Ratima.
Napier advocate Larry Dallimore offered three options regarding beach protection at Westshore to Regional Council and Napier candidates — beach nourishment should continue with beach re-profiling and proposed breakwater, ‘nourishment is unacceptable and more suitable option should be investigated’, and consideration of a rock sea wall. Responses can be downloaded here.
All Napier candidates responded, with these exceptions: Kerry Bartlett and Judy Siers offered no opinon, and no reply from David Trim.
Regional Council candidates responding were: Baldock, Belford, Dick, Kirton, Scott, and Tinker.
Plenty of fodder for your election decision-making. Need more? BayBuzz has collected it all for you here.