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Thursday, 20 September 2007

This web site, backed by four political parties (Green, Labour, Maori and Progressive), is aimed at voters in the Whangarei district.

Visitors to the site can find information about Whangarei candidates for the regional council, the mayoralty, and district council wards, election commentary from local figures, and can also participate in discussion or ask questions about the election.

...believer in smart sustainable development (so against development on Sandspit). - Jeroen Jongejans

Candidates answer the question, "Do you support Council purchase of sites of significance to the people of Whangarei District, currently in private ownership?"

No as this only over inflates the value of the properties. Restrictions on development is more preferable
Bill Rossiter
Our district has large areas of public reserve already owned by Council or the Crown. Other areas can be considered, but would have to have community support. I will continue to advocate for the public ownership of Ngunguru Spit. The WDC does not have the money to buy it.
Pamela Peters
Need to look at priorities and bigger picture with each case as it comes along, however loss of significant sites such as the Ngunguru Sandspit are “forever” and need smart strategies.
Jeroen Jongejans
I would need to assess this on a case by case basis, but support in principle the concept of protecting and preserving sites of significance to our people.
Sheryl Mai
While I do support the public purchase of significant sites, due to the often high purchase cost, a case would need to be presented to central government for assistance, (the Ngunguru Sandspit is a good example).
Kevin Grose

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