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What candidates say
Grant Seton: Independent
Born in New Zealand, I came to Rangitikei
electorate in 1975 (from Whanganui).
I have 36 years' experience with electorate
challenges. I have strong experience from
public and private sectors.
Resolving issues is a strong ability I have,
for your benefit.
There are some good people in parliament,
but the parties have turned many of them into
''not very friendly'' and not practising New
Zealand laws -- laws that have taken a long
time, and many lives, to get to law.
Jobs (ideally with career paths), and roads
and transport -- prompt services are a must.
Two and a half hours to get to services is a
regular complaint, when 30 minutes to
services and short waiting lists is my goal,
among many [goals].
Charles Turner: Independent
I have wide experience of life, worked in many
industries -- farming, military (eight years RNZAF),
teaching, (all levels) and hospitality. Worked abroad
in Australia selling and taught oral English in
China. A negotiator and advocate for others, served
as a member of NZEI, awarded associate
membership in 1981. I believe a team working in
consensus can achieve our aims. Experienced
organiser, able to create and build a successful team.
To receive from society, one must give.
I am driven by the need to empower all to grow and
use their talents for selves and others. We live in a
social environment and depend on each other. I
abhor bullies and those who use positions of power to
downgrade others using various forms of
discrimination to achieve their aims. I believe that
there needs to be equality in the use of resources,
truth and responsibility by Government. One that
draws people together, as only a common consensus
will, overcomes the waves of change that threaten to
overwhelm us all. Rangitikei is a cross-section. Solve
our problems here and you solve the problems of the
nation the main problem is the cost of living, but
there are many problems -- housing, jobs, commodity
prices, fluctuating exchange, environment, economy,
taxation, shrinking rural towns.
Josie Pagani: Labour
I've spent my working life looking at
how to create jobs and grow
I worked with Jim Anderton and
for Helen Clark when she was prime
minister. I saw what could be
achieved when you have a
government with a plan for jobs, and
the courage to act. I want to bring
that practical experience to
We need action and a plan for jobs.
I worked for the OECD on economic
development in some of poorest
countries in the world. The lesson
was the same, whether in Rangitikei
or Ethiopia: we must get young
I grew up in a small community in the
country, and came back to New Zealand so
my kids could have a similar childhood.
That's why I'm campaigning on a horse,
so I can make this election about rural
Good governments make a difference.
The right policies make a difference. I'm
motivated to stand up for that. I'm
prepared to argue and win the debate for
a practical plan to back local businesses,
fund local research and development, and
train and upskill our young people.
Standing up for policies that create jobs
and opportunities in the regions is what
drives me to represent Rangitikei.
I believe politicians should have the
courage to argue their position in front of
voters, and listen and work with local
people to get the best policies. Then act on
those ideas. That's what I will do if I'm the
next MP for Rangitikei.
There aren't enough jobs in our towns.
People don't have choices. In Taumarunui
the only new jobs are at New World or
McDonald's. That's not enough.
Wood-processing mills are closing.
Prices at the supermarket and the petrol
pump have gone up four times faster than
wages since National came to power.
I want to see us play to our advantage
in this region. We produce some of the
best wool, meat and wood, but we ship too
much raw produce offshore.
Get the value from it here. Grow our
economy not someone else's. Labour will
help you pay your bills. The first $5000
you earn will be tax-free. We'll take the
GST off fruit and vegetables.
I have been a member of the Labour
party for two years, although I was active
in Labour in my twenties. I stood for Jim
Anderton's Progressive Party in the 2008
election, and have since rejoined the
Labour party. Before that I worked in the
Beehive as a press secretary in Helen
Clark's office when she was prime
I remember when we first decided to
campaign for a New Zealand-owned bank,
and every time I see a Kiwibank branch, I
tell myself what a difference politics can
make. National will sell our assets. I will
continue to fight not to see our airline or
our power companies sold.
Hot tips on safety when cooling off at rivers
Safe swimming: The Rangitikei River at Mangaweka is
a popular spot right through the summer for swimming,
kayaking, rafting and fishing. It is one of the swimming
spots where the water quality is monitored each week by
Horizons Regional Council.
Photo: TERRY KARATAU
From November to April,
Horizons carries out weekly moni-
toring of water quality at 13 popu-
lar swimming spots throughout
the region, giving people the
information they need to escape
Based on the results, the spots
are given a green light when it is
good to swim, amber when pre-
caution should be taken and red
when it is best not to swim.
While they actively monitor the
13 spots, there are 29 swimming
areas that have a permanent
grading system, based on know-
ledge of the water quality at the
The gradings provide an indi-
cation of water health, but swim-
mers should use the following rule
of thumb before jumping in:
❚ It is safest to wait three days
after rain before swimming at
river swimming spots.
❚ If the water looks clean and clear
and it is a sunny day, swimmers
should be good to go.
Horizons chief executive
Michael McCartney hopes people
this summer enjoy what the
region has to offer.
''It is important the public
understand their rivers and
beaches. There are great places to
swim, so when the conditions are
right, people should go for it.
''Equally, it is important for the
community to know when or
where it is not wise to use the
Mr McCartney also said people
should be mindful of the risks the
natural environment presented
and watch out for sunken logs,
rocks and riverbank trees.
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