Can’t buy into negativity

LETTER

Standing for council is turning out to be the most bewildering thing I have ever done. As I answer questions alongside people who I am excited about voting for, I long to say — actually, I think restoring rail will do a lot more for Napier than it will for Gisborne, and actually I think ECT is a local treasure, and actually I think our council are trying hard to fix our wastewater, and actually I think rates have been kept pretty reasonable considering we are a small population in a large geographic area, and actually I think the Mayor and councillors have done a pretty good job over recent years, and absolutely I think Gisborne is a great place.

I’d like to help improve things even more, but I just can’t buy into this narrative that everyone and everything is terrible. We are facing a time of high levels of mental health issues and people in our community are taking their own lives — let’s stop focusing on the negative narratives and build a future based on what has been done alongside what more can be done.

RACHEL LODEWYK

Standing for council is turning out to be the most bewildering thing I have ever done. As I answer questions alongside people who I am excited about voting for, I long to say — actually, I think restoring rail will do a lot more for Napier than it will for Gisborne, and actually I think ECT is a local treasure, and actually I think our council are trying hard to fix our wastewater, and actually I think rates have been kept pretty reasonable considering we are a small population in a large geographic area, and actually I think the Mayor and councillors have done a pretty good job over recent years, and absolutely I think Gisborne is a great place.

I’d like to help improve things even more, but I just can’t buy into this narrative that everyone and everything is terrible. We are facing a time of high levels of mental health issues and people in our community are taking their own lives — let’s stop focusing on the negative narratives and build a future based on what has been done alongside what more can be done.

RACHEL LODEWYK

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Judy Campbell - 3 days ago
Great comment Rachel. You just got my vote.

G R Webb - 2 days ago
In your summary on the GDC website you say "Our youth are our future leaders. We need strong economic development to ensure that Tairawhiti is a place they will be proud to be from and passionate about taking care of." Can you list some bullet points on how you would get this strong economic development?

Gillian Ward - 2 days ago
Kia ora Rachel, Hawkes Bay Regional Council does support the proposal to restore the rail line from Wairoa to Gisborne. The Hawkes Bay Region would benefit and so would Te Tairawhiti. Is it a bad thing if both regions do well through the restoration of the rail line? Te Tairawhiti would benefit from more economical and more resilient access for our horticulturalists to get their containerised fresh produce to Napier's container port, fewer heavy trucks on SH2, passenger rail for people to move between the regions, excursion trains to bring visitors. I think better connectivity and cooperation between our adjacent regions, rather than competitiveness, will benefit all residents.

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