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Candidates in the hot seat
Wanting your vote: Rangitikei Electorate candidates line up for a public meeting in Feilding. From left, Grant Seton,
Hayden Fitzgerald, Josie Pagani, Maree Brannigan, Peter Cleave, Charles Turner and Ian McKelvie. Photo: BOBBIE NICHOLLS
By MATHEW GROCOTT
Rangitikei candidates had their
voices heard on Monday night at the
only public meeting set up for all
candidates in the electorate. Seven
of the eight candidates standing for
the rural seat vacated by retiring
National MP Simon Power were at
the event held in Feilding.
National candidate Ian McKelvie
told the audience of about 70 that he
wanted New Zealand to be a country
of equal opportunity. He said the
country needed a better performing
economy and National had the plan
to ensure that.
National has policies to stimu-
late growth, growth based on
Mr McKelvie said most of those
exports would be from agriculture
and there Rangitikei could play to
its strengths as a producer of meat,
milk, wood and wool.
Labour candidate Josie Pagani
said the biggest issues in Rangitikei
were jobs and pay.
Wages aren't high enough and
there aren't enough jobs for people
to have a choice,'' she said.
Labour had a plan to help create
jobs through encouraging appren-
ticeships. The party had a track
record of job growth in its last term
when it set up centres of excellence
in places like Nelson and Rotorua,
ACT's Hayden Fitzgerald said his
was the only party that could help
National achieve its economic goals.
Mr Fitzgerald said his party wanted
to cut Government borrowing and
scrap the Emissions Trading
Green candidate Maree Brann-
igan outlined the party's three core
These were lifting children from
poverty and creating green'' jobs
and, in particular, cleaning up
The Manawatu River is top of
the pops' for the worst river in the
world,'' she said, a comment Ian
Independent candidate Charles
Turner said he was standing
because he was tired of
governments breaking promises. He
also called for the establishment of a
constitution and a bill of rights that
set out the responsibilities of the
people and the Government.
Grant Seton, who is also an inde-
pendent, asked voters not just to
think about what was best for them
and their wallets when casting their
vote: You have to think about other
people,'' he said.
During his opening address Mana
candidate Dr Peter Cleave apolo-
gised to Mr McKelvie for comments
he had made earlier in the cam-
paign. In a widely-circulated press
release Dr Cleave criticised Mr
McKelvie's performance as the
mayor of Horizons''.
Mr McKelvie has never worked
for Horizons Regional Council but is
the mayor of Manawatu District. Dr
Cleave said last night that he had
mixed up'' his mayors and
politicians. Dr Cleave's foot was
back in his mouth a few minutes
later, though, when he said he was
the only candidate who had
supported workers locked out of
CMP Rangitikei in Marton for sev-
That is not true,'' said Mrs
Pagani, with support from several
audience members. The Labour can-
didate has spoken to the CMP
workers several times and has pub-
licly questioned the lock-out.
It's just I haven't seen you,'' said
Later in the evening Dr Cleave
apologised to Mrs Pagani and
congratulated her on helping the
Profiles and comment from
candidates feature on pages 30 and
31. Conservative Party candidate Ian
Robertson did not participate.
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By LAURA WALTERS
CONTINUED Page 5
With Christmas fast approaching
and the state of the dollar
tightening the squeeze, new man-
agement at Marton's budgeting ser-
vice suggest spenders get their
finances in order before they start
swiping the plastic.
At a special general meeting last
month, 37 locals pushed to keep the
Marton and District Budget Service
up and running after the old com-
mittee stepped aside.
Co-ordinator of the new service
Glenys Budden said it was
important to keep the office in
Marton and not have it moved to
We need our own office for our
clients to come to.
They need somewhere they feel
safe and that is familiar.''
The service deals mostly with
people who were already in serious
But they urged families and
individuals to seek budgeting advice
before the damage was done, Ms
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