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Agriculture a high priority
By MATHEW GROCOTT and JIMMY
McKELVIE Ian (NAT) . . 16,852
PAGANI Josie (LAB) . . 8111
BRANNIGAN Maree (GP) . . 1849
ROBERTSON Ian (CP) . . 1095
FITZGERALD Hayden (ACT).. 251
CLEAVE Peter (MANA) . . 100
TURNER Charles (IND) . . 83
SETON Grant (IND) . .
night in Feilding for
electorate's new MP
Ian McKelvie as he
gives his winning
speech with his wife
Sue at his side.
Photo: LEILANI HATCH/
Rangitikei's new MP will
stand down as Manawatu
District mayor next month.
Ian McKelvie said he intended to
resign on or about December 15.
That date would mean a by-election
for the next mayor would be held in
the new year.
Resigning earlier would have seen
the by-election held during the
Christmas and New Year's Eve
period, he said.
Mr McKelvie won Rangitikei on
Saturday with a majority of 8741
votes, a reduction in Simon Power's
2008 majority of 12,042.
His intention in Parliament was
to get stuck into issues around agri-
culture, the environment, and sup-
porting rural New Zealand and
people with disabilities.
Mr McKelvie said he knew as a
backbencher he was not going to
change the world, but he wanted to
represent the views of the
But he was excited about his new
position and admitted he had a lot
to learn. He would travel to Welling-
ton tomorrow for a National Party
caucus meeting and induction to
''I'm going to have to learn very
quickly,'' he said.
In his victory speech on Saturday
night, given in front of about 200
party faithful at the St John's
Church Hall in Feilding, Mr
McKelvie spoke of his strong family
links to the region going back to the
He also laid out his political phil-
''I don't believe we have any
rights in life, property or otherwise.
We must earn them,'' he said.
''Those who have must give a hand
up to those that haven't.''
Despite being 59 years old, Mr
McKelvie said he was still ''naive''
enough to think he could work
across political boundaries.
The election campaign had been
an eye-opener, as Mr McKelvie was
unprepared for the ''unscrupulous
misuse of the truth'' he had
Labour Rangitikei candidate
Josie Pagani, who received 8111
votes, offered her congratulations to
Mr McKelvie on Saturday night.
''He's a good local leader, he's
proven that,'' she said.
I'm sure he'll be a good MP.''
Mrs Pagani, who spent the night
with about 20 supporters in Feild-
ing, called Mr McKelvie to congratu-
late him after about 70 per cent of
the votes had been counted. Mrs
Pagani also shared some lighter
moments from the campaign,
including the expected defacing of
billboards and abuse she copped
from a four-year-old in Raetihi.
Value in our hills
The Central Plateau's economic
value for a summer holiday was
pushed in an article in the Sunday
Star Times last weekend. Travel
writer Angela Walker wrote, ''If
you're looking for a cheap summer
holiday getaway this year then head
to the hills -- or more precisely, the
mountains of Ruapehu.''
According to a survey by online
travel company Travelbug, the Cen-
tral Plateau region is offering the
cheapest accommodation this sum-
mer, with an average rate per night
of $63. The second and third-best
deals can be found in Manawatu
/Whanganui ($104) and the popular
summer destination Hawke's Bay
Here's hoping the readers take
heed of the value for money and
head to our local hills.
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