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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 12:11 pm

Challengers of 2007 return in bid to topple Kapiti mayor


HEAVILY CONTESTED: Billboards bashed amid Kapiti campaigning.

CHRIS TURVER and David Mitchell have returned to challenge Jenny Rowan for the Kapiti mayoralty.

After one term, Ms Rowan is also up against Ross Church, Mike Clulee and Chris Glover.

Mr Turver and Mr Mitchell both opposed Ms Rowan in the 2007 election.

Ms Rowan, who currently lives in Paekakariki, is a former mayor of Inglewood (1986-89) and former deputy chair of both Taranaki Regional Council (1989-91) and the Paekakariki Community Board.

She says her policies foster economic growth and she will support an upgrade of the district’s aquatic centre in Raumati.

She is emphasising “the best economic, environmental and social outcomes for the Kapiti community”.

“I am committed to making the best of the Government’s decision to build the Sandhills Expressway.”

She says she will work to implement the river recharge water solution by summer 2012 and make sure important storm water projects stay on the agenda to prevent future flooding in the district.

Otaki-based Chris Turver has been Kapiti’s regional councillor for nine years, chairing several committees, and has a business background.

His “top 10” ways to support Kapiti growth include providing value for ratepayer money, further improving Kapitis special environment, building a positive climate for growth and job opportunities, developing a more business-friendly approach, and supporting community boards in meeting local goals.

Ross Church, the owner of Autoclassics in Paraparaumu, is another supporter of the planned expressway that will bypass Kapiti towns.

“We need to develop the expressway road,” he says. “We need to support the airport development, and any other business initiatives which will increase jobs on the coast.

“We need to concentrate on core services, and cut any extravagant council expenditure.”

He’s emphasising the importance of business to provide jobs for the district’s school leavers.

Otaki businessman Mike Clulee is campaigning for “honest, open and real ‘down to earth’ representatives to make democracy work efficiently – and that’s me”.

He has run a business and owned a property on the Kapiti Coast for the last 10 years.

He wants to see technology “involve the young and those disillusioned by politicians and dictatorial democracy”.

The council recently resolved to reduce fluoride dosing at the Waikanae water treatment plant to 0.7 mg/L, compared with the earlier 1.0 mg/L. Raumati resident Chris Glover is campaigning on a “no fluoride” banner.

“The Otaki River is the future water supply for Kapiti,” he says. “No fluoride. No Water Meters. No Tip Fee.”

Mr Glover is a member of the cycleway, walkway, bridleway committee of the district council.

David Mitchell, who lives in Te Horo, is the general secretary of local group United Ratepayers, and is standing on a “hold the rates” platform. He was also a contender in the 2007 elections.

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