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No Santa parade this year
By TERRY KARATAU
No parade: Sadly, Santa will not be on parade in Taihape this year.
Taihape will not have a Christmas
Parade this year.
Elizabeth Mortland and Alice
Procter, of the Taihape Community
Development Trust, could not get
sufficient backing from businesses
and groups that have supported the
event in the past.
Ms Mortland said: ''We needed 25
businesses, each paying $20, to
contribute towards the $1500 costs,
with the trust covering the rest.''
Thirteen floats were entered but
there is not enough time to look for
the remaining 12 as road closure
advice through NZTA must be in 42
days before the event
''It is a real shame that the
community will be missing out on a
great parade but without the
support and enthusiasm of
businesses and community groups
this event is not viable.
''Thank you to all the businesses
and groups who were prepared to
enter a float -- your community
spirit is greatly appreciated,'' Ms
The Rangitikei electorate
Stacey Kirk delves into the
issues, people and possible
outcomes for Rangitikei.
➤ TE TAI HAUAURU
Candidates for Te Tai Hauauru
Jack McDonald, Green Party.
Soraya Peke-Mason, Labour.
Frederick Timutimu, Mana.
Tariana Turia, Maori Party.
Jennifer Waitai-Rapana, Nga Iwi.
Robert Wilson, New Zealand
ANational Party stronghold
since 1938, many people
have already picked Mana-
watu District Mayor Ian McKelvie
to trot comfortably to the finish line
in Rangitikei on election day.
But in placing the union-backed
Josie Pagani as his rival, Labour
obviously thinks there may be room
It would not be the first time the
largely rural voting bloc swung for a
change -- a blip on the time line saw
Rangitikei vote in Social Credit can-
didate Bruce Beetham in 1978 and
The seat has been held by
National's Simon Power since 1999,
and aside from a nail-biting race
that year, he has held the seat
Earlier this year, Mr Power
announced his retirement from poli-
tics and in May Mr McKelvie was
named the party's replacement can-
didate for this month's election.
Mr McKelvie has been prominent
in the lower half of the electorate for
more than a decade, not least
through his Manawatu mayoralty of
The electorate is geographically
huge, however, and before
campaigning began, he would have
been largely unknown in the north-
Before becoming mayor, Mr
McKelvie styled himself as a
''farmer-cum-company director'' in
the motor vehicle, property and
He was also the president of the
Royal Agricultural Society.
Still on the family farm in
Tangimoana, Mr McKelvie has
always been a staunch advocate for
rural matters and believes improv-
ing infrastructure in rural areas
would be a good thing for all New
Zealanders -- an idea that will be
popular in such a rurally dominated
In a complete reversal, Mrs
Pagani has her family ties in the
northern areas near Ruapehu and
Taumarunui, but is less well-known
in the more densely populated south
of the electorate.
She might seem fresh-faced down
these parts, but she is no newbie
when it comes to politics.
Mrs Pagani spent three years
working for the Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Devel-
opment based in Paris, where she
primarily focused on aid and cre-
ating jobs in developing countries.
She also spent some time working
as a press secretary for former
prime minister Helen Clark, and
stood for Jim Anderton's Progress-
ive Party where she was number
three on the list in 2008.
Her career history has branded
her as more than competent for the
Mrs Pagani has strong union
backing, and with a recent lockout
at the CMP Rangitikei plant near
Marton making the headlines, there
will undoubtedly be some voters
there who will identify with her.
But what will each candidate
actually bring to constituents?
Both Mr McKelvie and Mrs
Pagani say the most important
issue facing the Rangitikei elector-
ate is the creation of jobs.
They both also agree that in order
to create employment, Rangitikei
has to play to its strengths.
What exactly those strengths are,
is where their opinions diverge.
Mr McKelvie says defence, edu-
cation and agriculture are the three
most important industries.
''We've got a hugely diverse elec-
torate and one bit of it relies heavily
on tourism, one bit of it relies
heavily on defence, another bit
relies heavily on education and
another bit relies heavily on farm-
''. . . And about 20,000 ewes is
another job so every time we
increase our ewe numbers we
increase the job numbers.''
Mr McKelvie says he wants the
region to attract talent, and grow,
and his outspoken view on his own
party's Emissions Trading Scheme
policy has already shown he's
capable of standing up for his con-
Mrs Pagani is pushing for greater
commitment to research and devel-
opment in the agricultural and con-
''If you want to have regional
development you've got to have
regional plans, and one of the ways
to do that is through creating
centres of excellence.
''We've got raw products like
meat, wool and wood that we are
processing in this electorate and we
need to get the most value out of
those. That requires research and
Mrs Pagani says through creating
these types of jobs, more people
would come to the region which
would mean school rolls would not
fluctuate as much.
The other Rangitikei candidates
are: Maree Brannigan (Green),
Peter Cleave (Mana), Hayden Fitz-
gerald (ACT), Ian Robertson (Con-
servative) and independents Grant
Seton and Charles Turner.
Profiles of all candidates will fea-
ture in next week's paper.
❚ At the last election, National took
52.4 per cent of the party vote com-
pared with 27.5 per cent for Labour.
RANGITIKEI FACT BOX
Median age: 36
Median family income: $54,600
Ethnicity: European 72.9 per cent,
Maori 20.9 per cent, Pacific 1.8 per
cent, Asian 2.4 per cent
2008 voter turnout: 82.2 per cent
Simon Power (Nat) . . 21,801
Jills Angus Burney (Lab) 9759
Steve Gibson (Ind) . .
Jean Thompson (ACT) . . 535
John Langford (UnitedFuture) 300
National . .
. . 17,711
Labour . .
Green . .
New Zealand First . . 1719
Maree Brannigan (Green), Peter
Cleave (Mana), Hayden Fitzgerald
(ACT), Ian McKelvie (National),
Josie Pagani (Labour), Ian Robert-
son (Conservative), Grant Seton
(Independent), Charles Turner
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