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Voter turnout poor
You would think going by the
number of people who always
seem to have an opinion on the
performance of our council that
we would have a correspondin-
gly large turnout at the local
body elections. However, that's
not the case.
The voter turnout in the Wanaka
ward three years ago was just 41
per cent compared with a
national turnout of 47.5 per cent.
Personally I've always thought
that what we get in return for
our rates is not bad value. Our rates bill is just under $3000
this year. For that we get our roads maintained, our
rubbish collected, water, new infrastructure, investment
in events and a host of other benefits. Plus we get an
organisation which some of us can blame for everything
from global warming to child poverty.
Our councillors and community board members are not
always going to make decisions I agree with. What I do
expect is that they make decisions to be best of their
ability. If we don't like their ability we can vote them out.
We have an interesting election looming in the Wanaka
ward. The Community Board is straightforward with five
candidates standing for four places. Mike O'Connor and
Bryan Lloyd are hoping to be re-elected, Rachel Brown is
having another go after missing out three years ago while
Ross McRobie and Barry Bruce have put their names
forward for the first time.
The race for the council could be where we see some real
fireworks over the next few weeks. Our current three
councillors Jude Batson, Lyal Cocks and Leigh Overton
want another term. They're being challenged by Liz
Breslin, Ella Lawton, Bryan Lloyd and Calum McLeod. The
Wastebusters contract and library reorganisation have
been touted by some as the reason they decided to stand.
Ed Taylor is general manager of Warbirds Over Wanaka
and reckons Wanaka is the best place in the world to live.
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The team at the Mirror are excited
to today publish the first edition of
the Wanaka Mirror.
In a world where the mediascape is
in almost constant flux, where the
internet has turned traditional
newspaper models on their head
and our newsrooms are undergo-
ing massive and sometimes painful
changes, there is something really
special for us about a planning a
new edition focused solely on the
communities we serve.
Among all the change it has
become increasingly clear that
despite overwhelming global infor-
mation availability, readers are
increasingly seeking news from
their own communities. They want to sit
down and find out who is doing what,
how and why. They care about their local
sports, businesses, education and person-
By splitting the Southern Lakes Mirror
into Queenstown and Wanaka editions
we will better be able to focus on each
individual community. Of course, our
strong Central Otago edition will
continue, providing its great service to
readers from Cromwell and Alexandra to
Ranfurly and Roxburgh.
In some ways, we have come full circle.
When the Mirror was first published in
April 1987 it was announced as ''the new
newspaper for the Clutha Valley''.
The lead story on that first paper was
John Lee's fight to start cross country
skiing at the Pisa Range, in the Cardrona
Valley. He won that battle and today the
Snow Farm is a key player in the wider
district's winter recreational and busi-
ness worlds and the Lee family have
continued to grace our pages ever since.
In unveiling our newest edition, we are
continuing to evolve to meet the needs of
you, our readers.
You will see our team in your
communities and you will find our
Mirrors in your letter boxes, in drop
boxes around your towns and online at
We promise to keep you in touch with
your community, to challenge your
leaders and to share your successes and
We hope you will let us know what you
think, what we are doing right and what
we could be doing better.
To our friends in the Upper Clutha, we
hope you enjoy this week's Mirror.
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