Northern News : October 5th 2011
2 NORTHERN NEWS, OCTOBER 5, 2011 NEWS Editor Malcolm McMillan Ph 09 405 2743 email: northern editor@snl co nz Northern Regional Manager Lynne Popham Ph 09 405 2744 Kaikohe Ph 09 407 0361 Kerikeri email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Alan Puru Ph 09 405 2749 email: alan puru@snl co nz Classifieds Free ph 0800 022 812 Free fax 0800 022 815 email: email@example.com or 09 405 2040 email: northern accounts@snl co nz 12,214 Audited Circulation (ABC December 10) Up to 12,300 Copies Delivered (each Wednesday) to Kaikohe, Okaihau, Ohaeawai, Moerewa, South and North Hokianga and Kaitaia. Rural areas include: Awanui RD 1. Kaikohe RD 1, 2, 3. Kaitaia RD 1, 2, 3(part), 4. Kawakawa RD 1, 2, 3. Kohukohu RD 1. Broadwood RD 2. Kohukohu RD 2. Okaihau RD 1, 2. Russell RD. Kaikohe Office: 60 Broadway, Kaikohe. P.O. Box 1, Kaikohe. Ph 09 405 2040 Fax 09 401 2129 Kerikeri Office: 93 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri. P.O. Box 392, Kerikeri. 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LETTER FPP v STV We are told that we live in democracy, we actually live in a debtocracy, of the few, by the few, for the few. In the last local council election, there were four candidates for mayor. The total number of votes cast for all candidates was 16,867, of which the current mayor got 5989 (36 percent) -- hardly a democratic decision. In the Bay Of Islands- Whangaroa ward, a total of 27,225 votes were cast for 13 candidates. The three elected were Ann Court 5086 (19 percent), Di Maxwell 3036 (11 percent) and Tom Baker 2820 (10 percent). Even less democratic than the mayor. We, the people, now have a once in three years opportunity to change all that. The Far North District Council announced recently that voters in the Far North may demand a poll be held on a change to the electoral system to be used for the 2013 elections, from First Past the Post to Single Transferable Vote. For a poll to be held, the demand must be made in writing to the chief executive of the FNDC and agreed by no less than 1843 of those electors who were enrolled to vote in the 2010 election. Should no demand be received the electoral system to be used for the 2013 council elections will remain as First Past the Post. I have been in touch with the council and the relevant statute is Local Electoral Act 2001. We basically have until the end of February to get the demand in to the council so that the poll can be held in time for the 2013 elections. I am proposing an organisation to be called Movement Advancing Democracy (MAD). Remember the movie where the guy stuck his head out of the window and yelled: I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more.'' That is how I feel and I know there are at least a few more who feel the same. Please support this attempt to return some power to the people. Contact me on (09) 402-7506 or (09) 402-8031 or email me at email@example.com. Geoff Waterhouse Paihia Top Energy director named A new director has been appointed to the board of Top Energy. Greg Steed grew up in Kaitaia and was educated at Kaitaia Col- lege. Having gained a commerce degree at Auckland University in 1980, Greg started his working career in the accounting field but then moved to Carter Holt Harvey, where he worked for many years in the areas of strategy, logistics and distri- bution. Since 2008 he has been chairman of the New Zealand Shippers Council. Mr Steed says he's pleased to have been appointed to the board. I'm a proud North- lander and have always had a desire to contrib- ute to the region. I am optimistic about the opportunities available in the north.'' Steed's appointment follows the retirement from the board in June of Doug Troon and restores the full complement of directors to six. Other Top Energy directors are Paul Byrnes, chairman; Mike Simm, deputy chairman; Peter White-Robinson; Andrew Kelleher and Paul White. In addition, Robert Kirkpatrick is the inde- pendent director for Ngawha Generation. PM's visit is back on Prime Minister John Key's visit to the Far North is back on. The PM has a full day planned on Friday. He will be in Kaikohe in the morning for a walk along Broadway before attending a number of functions. The public can hear Mr Key speak at a public meeting at the Kerikeri Golf Club on Golf View Rd from 3pm.
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