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Who is the best leader?
The election of a new mayor for the Mana-
watu District Council has captured the
attention of voters, with capacity crowds
attending the public meetings. It is great to
see so much interest in getting to know
more about the four candidates.
It is difficult to call who will be elected as
the three standing councillors all seem to
have a good following.
We do, however, have to give our respect
and acknowledgement to all the candidates
for having the energy, enthusiasm and
passion to put their hand up and show
commitment to undertaking the role.
But what is the role of a mayor?
Sir Barry Curtis, former Mayor of Manu-
kau City Council, once said the role was
both ‘‘powerful and powerless’’.
‘‘Powerful in the sense that the mayor is
the recognised community leader, but
powerless in the sense that the mayor can-
not commit a council to a particular course
of action or the allocation of resources with-
council for a
a decision. A
nothing to give and nothing to take away
except the qualities of his or her leader-
So while the focus of the questions at the
public meetings have been on specific poli-
cies or council administration, the reality is
a mayor cannot promise or undertake those
People have the opportunity to address
these issues through submissions to the
Draft Annual Plan or request to speak to
the council during the public forum at each
monthly meeting. These are excellent
opportunities to have your thoughts or
issues heard publicly and discussed by the
The mayor and the council undertake a
role of governance, while the chief execu-
tive is responsible for the management and
administration of the council. The mayor
has no executive authority. Individual
council managers and staff are accountable
to the CEO for their performance and coun-
cil staff are not directly accountable to the
mayor or council.
However, the role of mayor is very
important as they are the ceremonial head
of the council and provide leadership to the
elected members of the council.
The voters elect the mayor – not the
The job involves long hours, many out-
side your normal office hours, including
evenings and weekends.
The mayor needs to be an advocate on
behalf of the community in an effort to
ensure the views of the community are rep-
resented, whether they be to outside organ-
isations or central government.
I hope people take the opportunity to
vote for their preferred candidate so the
best possible candidate can lead the council
for the next 12 months.
They need your vote
The Feilding Cricket Club is wanting locals to help
them in their bid to win a grant from the National
Cricket Club Grant Scheme run by the National
If successful they want to use the grant to lay all
weather run-ups to the two practice nets at
Kowhai Park in Feilding. In their online application
they state their case: ‘‘Feilding Cricket Club is
small in numbers but big on enthusiasm. We just
want to compete on an even playing field. The
practice nets at Kowhai Park cannot be used
when the grass run up is wet, and even when dry
the bowlers’ delivery strides have made huge
holes that render bowling dangerous. Improving
the training facilities will benefit not only our three
club teams but the whole community, including
the Feilding school teams and Feilding junior
To vote for their grant to be successful, the
Feilding Cricket Club is asking people to visit the
website at the address below to vote: https:/
No job too small
BNZ is calling for community projects in
Manawatu. On May 8, BNZ employees and
members of the community will be getting stuck
in to some of the thousands of odd jobs that need
doing around New Zealand while the bank is
‘‘Closed for Good’’.
BNZ is calling for fences to paint, gardens to
weed, holes to dig, websites to build, as well as
any other specialised jobs which may need doing
by community organisations.
This is the third time BNZ has undertaken Closed
for Good, with the bank hoping to attract 8000
volunteers and 800 projects, as 2012 brings a
change to the usual format. ‘‘This year we’re
making the day bigger and better, by also inviting
the public to roll up their sleeves, and join us
around the country. We want to help more
community organisations and projects, and make
this our best Closed for Good yet,’’ says BNZ CEO
Community and volunteer organisations can
submit projects on closedforgood.org.
View Stuff website on your television
New Zealand’s favourite news site is now
available on the home’s biggest screen, as
Fairfax Digital launches its Stuff IPTV
Channel on Sony Internet televisions, with
a video-streaming news service.
With an initial focus on national and
world news and sport, the Stuff Channel on
Sony Internet Television extends the video
content developed by Fairfax’s journalists
around the country right onto internet-
Nigel Tutt, general manager of Fairfax
Digital, says that the extension of stuff.
co.nz onto the television screen is a no-
2011 we had
million video views per month on stuff.
co.nz . This shows that our customers have
a great appetite for visually compelling
‘‘Extending to the television screen is the
next step in our strategy of providing our
customers the news and information.
‘‘While the print medium is still of cru-
cial importance, we have seen significant
growth in our customers accessing our con-
tent on a variety of screens; from smart-
phones to computers to tablets, and now
Matt Walton-Smith, general manager
Channel and Product Marketing of Sony
New Zealand, welcomes Fairfax Digital to
Sony’s growing range of channels available
on its Internet enabled televisions.
‘‘We’re delighted that Fairfax Digital has
embraced [Internet Television]...enabling
New Zealanders to watch local and inter-
national news videos from Stuff.’’
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