Election 2011: What Whangarei candidates think

To help Northlanders vote in Saturday's general election we have asked questions of the candidates in the Whangarei electorate.

We asked:

List all the clubs/organisations you are affiliated with.

Describe (briefly) home and family life.

What do you do for fun?

Who would you vote for outside your party and why?

Why should people vote for you?

Who has been the greatest influence on you and why?

Questions posed by the Advocate and readers.

1) Do you think recreational fish limits should be reduced. Why/why not?

2) Do you support the retention of the Northland/Auckland rail link and link to Marsden Pt and why/why not?

3) Do you support spending $1.69 billion on the Puhoi-to- Wellsford highway and why/why not?

4) What is the biggest issue facing your electorate and what would you do about it?

5) What is your view on opening Northland up for more mining/mineral extraction?

6) What would you do to create more jobs in Northland?

7) If you had $20 million to spend on one project in your electorate what you use it for? 8) Do you support the retention of MMP and if not what system do you support and why?

Pat Newman,Labour Party:

Hikurangi Rugby Club Treasurer. Kamo Working Man's Club. Associate Member New Zealand Principals Federation. New Zealand Educational Institute member. New Zealand Teachers Council Elected Member. New Zealand Labour Party

We live in Tikipunga. Married to Jules for nearly 30 years. Son 26 in Perth, daughter 22 living in Wellington.

Jules and I enjoy life together. She seems to get younger each day. Our extended whanau are very important to us, so a lot of our spare time is involved with them.

Swimming. Camping under canvas where there is no power, ph or TV. Reading fiction. Doing things together and with friends and whanau and somehow, I get tied up with causes, which might not always be fun, but are stimulating and rewarding.

Would not vote for anybody else. This isn't a game. I'm Labour because they are the party that deeply cares about children, about NZ about our future. A vote for another person or a party is a vote against what I believe so strongly in. That's why I am standing as your Labour Candidate.

Whangarei urgently needs a real fighter in Wellington not afraid to stand up for this area. Someone who believes in Whangarei ahead of political promotion. None of us, our children, our youth can wait any longer for solutions to problems that have been around for 60 + years. The blind loyalty this electorate has paid National over these years, has never been repaid, to more than a few in this electorate. Many of you know me. I promise, that the causes, the needs of Whangarei will be championed in Wellington like it never has before, if I am elected.

Mum and dad who left school at 12 and were self educated and my biggest influences. Their message was that we were here on earth to ensure the best for our own children and to make sure that we left this world in a better place than we found it in.

1) Not really, I am personally more in favour of developing more reserves to increase breeding stocks so that my mokopunas can enjoy the future of fishing like I have been able to do. Just limiting numbers without increasing stock, means over the years you have to keep decreasing the limits.

2) Yes definitely and I have stated that in public, from the beginning of the issue. What other deep water port in the world has no rail link? How can we not realise that the Port of Auckland is past it's used by date, and for Marsden point to step up, it needs the rail links. Think of the work Northland would generate not necessarily in rail but generated by having it working.

3) It doesn't seem realistic in this current economic crisis, to spend $1.69billion, to save about 15 mins on trip from Auckland to Whangarei and don't forget that's not for 10 years. I would rather spend on developing much faster, an efficient transport system that covers road, rail and barging as viable options depending upon cargo. I can't see the point spending $1.69 billion when there is another 90kms of road from Wellsford to Whangarei untouched. Labour will get the danger spots fixed and road widened where necessary to Whangarei?

4) Sustainable proper employment, linked to education, so that the biggest export from Whangarei stops being our young youth, our future. It's about creating jobs. It's about giving hope to our young that there is a future for them in Whangarei. It's about giving hope to all, that someone is strongly pushing for work, for training our young. Giving hope that there is someone finally in Wellington listening, who sees the needs of Whangarei as his first priority.. I would give this hope to all, not just the lucky few as is currently the case.

5) I believe we need to look at each option on a case by case basis. If we want more work, then we can't be totally blinkered. However Rena and Pike River have really hammered home the problems associated with ensuring the safety of our environment as a crucial area that needs to be addressed on a case by case basis. We need to be aware that tourism is a major source of future jobs up here, and whole scale mining maybe quite detrimental to our environment. I would want some fairly strong reasons and protections before I agreed.

6) Strongly advocate for developing a fund similar to the West Coast to be administered by a trust of business, local body, iwi, social services. Sole purpose is to use this money to develop long term sustainable jobs up here. It worked on the coast. Will work here. Our problems are over 60 years. Time for real action. I would: ensure that local firms got help to win local contracts; tap into the new research and development funding to get a big share of that for Whangarei; aim for a big increase in trade raining for Whangarei; encourage innovative people to innovate. To eventually be equal, Whangarei needs a bigger share of the cake. It's not a hand out, it's a hand up. My role would be to get every dollar for Whangarei, to stand up for the electorate. It's not just about cutting ribbons.

7) I would use it as the first funding for the fund outlined above. Immediate jobs could be gained from this funding. We need to look at successful areas like Otorohanga that has minimal unemployment as a result of local body initiatives. Jobs are absolutely crucial. 99% of our problems come back to employment, having sufficient money to feed and care for one's family, having sufficient money to feel part of our community, having sufficient money to still be able to dream, to have hope for ones future and the future of ones grandchildren.

8) Definitely. I am old enough to remember the totally unfair and undemocratic first past the post system. Remember the days when Muldoon ruled with less votes throughout the country than Labour had obtained. Where there was no such room for minority parties. It was all or nothing. There are a few adjustments that can be made without throwing the baby out with the bath water.

Rick Bazeley, Green Party

Member of; SAFE, Amnesty International, GreenPeace, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Avaaz, Fred Hollows Foundation, Save Ngunguru Sandspit, GE Free NZ, Child Fund.

I live in Tutukaka with my wife and two daughters, aged 6 and 4. The Tutukaka Coast is a beautiful environment to raise a family. I work alongside my wife in our ecological consultancy and I get to spend time looking after my daughters, when I am not busy working on behalf of the Green Party campaign.

For fun; Play with my children _ it's the best thing. Surf at Sandy Bay and Ngunguru bar, kayak, coach a junior football team, mountain biking, tennis, read good books.

Tough question (who else would vote for). I genuinely believe that the Green Party, with its principles of ecological wisdom, social justice, consensus decision making and non-violence stands out clearly as the best fit political party for me. I support both the Maori Party and the Mana Party for their aims of Tiriti justice and improving the life chances and prospects of Maori people and many of New Zealand's most disadvantaged families.

Vision, integrity, hard word, compassion, appreciation for the environment, respect for te Tiriti, belief in social justice. I am widely read and informed on big issues such as climate change, peak oil, ecological debt, ecological economics (recognising that our economy is a sub-set of our environment and depends upon it, not the other way round).

As a teacher of social studies I am aware of the true value of education and how important it is to invest in people. Member of a Green Party that values people's wellbeing and happiness ahead of consumer driven values. Believer in a richer New Zealand for everyone.

Inspirational leaders Ghandi, Mandela and Martin Luther King for their achievements in bringing social justice to their people. Journalists John Pilger and Naomi Klein who shine the light on otherwise hidden state abuses of power. Noam Chomsky is also a legend in this area. Vandhana Shiva for her environmental advocacy.

1) My understanding from talking to local recreational fishermen and a local Ministry of Fisheries employee is that generally the recreational fish limits are at about the right level. The population density for Northland is low and the coastline is very long. It was pointed out this may not be the case in Auckland where there are regularly 100 000 people out fishing. However, I have been advised that some fishermen think the current limit of 9 snapper a day is too high, and that the blue nose limit has recently been reduced from 20 to 5 a day. The concern is more focussed on the commercial sector which has the capacity to impact far more heavily on fish stocks. Again, I have been advised that the quota system for Total Allowable Catch is generally achieving its aim of a sustainable fishery.

2) Yes I support the revitalising and modernisation of the Northern line and building the rail link to Marsden Port. The Green Party have for years been leading the charge to invest in our national rail infrastructure and in so doing reduce the number of heavy trucks on our roads. Reducing the number of trucks will have huge economic and environmental benefits to Northland. It will reduce the number of road deaths, reduce the congestion (which is the whole argument for the motorway extension), reduce the pollution (locally and globally through lower carbon emissions), and reduce the wear and tear to the roads (1 heavy truck does the damage of 10 000 cars). Currently, only a pitiful 2% of Northland's freight is carried by rail, compared to a national average of 8%. Rail lost 70% of its business when the port was shifted in 2007 from Whangarei to Marsden Point. This can be rectified with the building of the rail link and Marsden Port being transformed into the best modern deep water container port that New Zealand has to offer.

3) No I do not support this project. It is very expensive with a cost benefit ratio of less than one i.e. it does not make economic sense to build it. The money would be far better spent on fully modernising the Northern rail line, estimated at between $100 to $200 million, with a further $100 million to build the port rail link. The Greens accept that SH1 does need upgrading and we support the $300 million Project Lifesaver Alternative to make urgent safety upgrades. This total amount is just one third of the motorway cost. When the National Party and others (including local councillors) tell the public `that rail is too expensive, and the economic reality is it has to be roads', they do not have the figures to back up this belief.

4) Child poverty is a huge issue in New Zealand with one in four children living in poverty. In Northland these figures are even higher. Sixty years of National MPs have consistently failed a significant proportion of this electorate. One of the Greens main campaign policies is to bring 100 000 children out of poverty by 2014. We would: reinstate and extend the training allowance to parents on a benefit to help 10,000 people get a degree and take better care of their kids; extend Working for Families scheme to 140,000 of the poorest households; raise the minimum wage to $15 to help working parents provide the basics for their kids; create insulation standards for rental properties which would ensure warm, healthy homes New Zealand is a wealthy country, but suffers from a very high rate of income inequality which hurts everyone. Our children deserve the best start in life.

5) Reputation is very important in attracting visitors, 'Northland - Mining Capital of NZ' would be incompatible with current values. There is no mandate to mine on ordinary conservation lands in Northland. It's not encouraging that councils have approached central government without local consultation. The Green Party would insist on an inclusive process and objective analysis of the data for proper discussion.

The Greens are not against extracting minerals & metals in general but we would insist on: strict environmental conditions, no open mining, but "key-hole" techniques, no use of poisonous chemicals to extract target minerals from rock, decommissioning of mine, reinstatement of original land, etc. We do not support mining of fossil fuels. We would rather expand our clean renewable energy industries. If New Zealand can capture just 1% of the global market for renewable energy solutions it's worth $7 billion a year in exports, employing 55 000 people.

6) The Green Party will create green jobs through business incentives and government leadership by: investing $350 million into the Heat Smart home insulation programme to include a further 200 000 homes, employing up to 10 000 people; retaining ownership of our state-owned enterprises, creating the right incentives for them to partner with clean tech entrepreneurs and develop renewable energy solutions that can be exported; government procurement policies, tax incentives, start-up funding, and a $1 billion boost to R&D funding, we'll support Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises to drive new job creation in the cleantech sector. Specifically in Northland we would: build more state houses; help pay for the wastewater infrastructure needed for the Whangarei Harbour clean up; help fund the Marsden Point rail link and modernisation of the Northern rail line; invest in education and training to upskill the workforce; and help fund river clean-up projects by farmers and councils.

7) I believe that the proposed second bridge across the Hatea River is a `trophy' bridge with Whangarei attempting to be a mini-Auckland with unaffordable `think big' projects. I'm sure that amount of money would more than adequately fund investment into public transport solutions not just from the Whangarei Heads into town, but for the entire city. This would make Whangarei city a cleaner, more affordable, and more efficient place to travel to and around. With the `age of cheap oil over' (International Energy Agency, 2011) putting millions into roads whilst neglecting public transport is going to condemn a lot of ratepayers into not being able to afford to travel in the future. Any money left over could be used to speed up the long overdue improvements needed to the town's wastewater infrastructure whose current failing allows frequent pollution of the Whangarei Harbour.

8) I strongly support the retention of MMP as it means everyone's votes count through the Party Vote, but also provides the local representation and accountability of the local electorate MP. It is actually the best of both worlds. MMP can undoubtably be improved and this will happen over the next three years. My experience of FPP in England (up to 1998) demonstrated many votes were lost and it encouraged lots of tactical voting - both of these things seriously dilute the democratic process. Having a government run by a single party that may have received as little as one third of the votes but gaining a majority of seats in the parliament does not do the country any favours.

Helen Hughes Libertarianz

I was born in Te Aroha in 1946 and have had an eventful, busy and varied life. I was a professional dancer and choreographer for many years working overseas and returned home to New Zealand in 1972 after working on American bases during the Vietnam war.

I am no longer affiliated with any clubs or organizations, but have been president, secretary, convener and supporter of just about every Plunket, P,T.A., community project (and dare I say it, even the manager of a rugby club) for the many years my family were with me and I wanted to be involved in their lives, education and interests.

I lived in Tauranga, bringing up my children and owning my own business. I was the Les Mills Gym choreographer for the popular Jazzercise, Jazzerobics and other fitness programmes, introducing many new innovations to the fitness industry, which are still used today. Unable to continue dance I followed a passion I have nurtured throughout my life and am now a clay worker, mudwoman and sculptor. I teach classes at the Northland Craft Trust and am very involved in the continuation of the ``essence'' of The Quarry Art Centre during these steps of its evolution. ``A man cannot be freed till he knows he is in bondage.''

My right to vote has been hard fought for and won. I would not vote for any other candidate as they all, regardless of what they call themselves, are perpetuating the system of big and even bigger government.

There was NO choice before the Libertarianz movement was formed. When you realize that you are enslaved to this corrupt government you will also vote to break the shackles. A vote for the Libertarianz is a vote in complete opposition to this monstrous and ever growing bureaucracy.

It is the only party that believes that the best person to manage your affairs and your life is you. A vote for the Libertarianz is a vote for: less government = more freedom, more of your money in your pocket, more personal responsibility.

This final question was the hardest to answer as I have met so many inspiring, creative, compassionate and generous people during my life who have directed and taught me well. However, the greatest and most profound influence has been from the lessons I have learned and continue to learn from my children and their children.

1) Recreational fishing limits should not be reduced. Recreational fishing is an integral part of the life style here in Northland. There are enough inequitable restrictions & limits & already many areas where fishing is either totally banned or heavily restricted. Recreational fishing is no threat to our fishing resources & adds greatly to the wonder of this beautiful region.

2) If the rail link is financially viable & not needing tax payer funds to subsidize it then I would support the retention of the link. Rail is an efficient & less costly form of transport when used well.

3) A highway to Wellsford? $1.69 BILLION dollars is an extraordinary amount of money & it does not fall from the sky. More & more money will have to be taken from the pockets of tax payers unless it was to be a totally different highway, financed by tolls (only user pays) & the existing roadway an alternative route for those who do not wish to pay tolls.

4) The biggest issue facing Northland is the culture of government dependency & the ever increasing burden of bureaucracy. The cost of maintaining & paying for unnecessary monstrous local & national government takes hard earned money out of the pockets of a working population struggling to maintain a basic standard of living. If the RMA was repealed & consents & permits reduced, progress & productivity would result. If small businesses were able to operate without the prohibitions of government about what days they may open, what wages must be paid & OSH regulations halting innovation & creativity were removed, Whangarei would flourish. If the productive were not being robbed by the unproductive, Whangarei would flourish. If law, order & justice was fair & objective Whangarei would flourish. New prisons would not be needed & prisons up here would be half empty. Because of the hypocritical laws that serve government interests, the drug alcohol is promoted & heavy marketed but the use of less harmful substances is prohibited, creating full prisons & making criminals where no victim has been created nor 'crime' committed. Such prohibitions split families & cause great hardship to good citizens who do no more than make adult decisions & choose something other than alcohol as their drug for recreation.

5) I would support mining & mineral extraction as long as it was not tax payer funded.

6) My answer to question 4 covers this topic in essence. Get the government out of the pockets, & off the backs of the creative & innovative people in Whangarei & there would be more jobs & greater prosperity. Less government, not bigger government is the way to future progress in the region.

7) Thanks, but no thanks! I do not want $20 Million of tax payers money. The workers in Whangarei could do with it in their pockets & more & more gets taken for foolish projects, poor investments & upgrading cars & refurbishing offices of self serving bureaucrats.

8) I support the reduction of government to it's proper role & function & all these systems of voting perpetuate big or even bigger government. I support a constitutional republic with a constitution that binds government to it's proper place & function so that this creeping, malignant corruption of those in governance cannot happen again. The Libertarianz are the only party with a written constitution & the only party that will break the shackles of this government that keeps us enslaved to the perpetuation of this control over every aspect of our lives & money.

Robin Grieve, ACT Party:

I serve on the committee of the Mangakahia Sports Complex, I am a member of Whangarei Toastmasters club and Whangarei stock and saloon car club. I am also chairman of Pastural Farming Climate Research, which is a nationwide organisation with 1500 members formed to promote the harmless nature of livestock emissions.

I live at home with my wife of 29 years, Rosemary on our avocado orchard at Poroti. We have 3 adult children and one grandchild. Our daughter lives at One Tree Point, our two sons are at University in Christchurch and Dunedin. Life is fairly busy for us both, Rosemary being a teacher means she works most evenings, we both spend most evenings in our home office.

When I can I race my saloon car at Whangarei speedway. It is a great way to relax because during the race you are so focused on the moment all other stresses are forgotten. I also enjoy my toastmasters immensely, and at the moment campaigning is fun.

I would vote for Phil Heatley with my candidate vote, he is the sitting MP and having an MP in cabinet is an advantage for our electorate.

A party vote for ACT gives you the best of both worlds. I am asking for the party vote, if people want to vote for me with two ticks they can. ACT is a natural fit for me because I believe in freedom, choice and individual responsibility, and so does ACT. I believe the proper role of government is to protect our rights but not assume our responsibilities, so does ACT. I am concerned that people are finding it tough economically and that National doesn't want to make the hard decisions. A party vote for ACT will give voters the National government they really want, one that will make the hard decisions.

Martin Luther King wanted his children to be judged not by the colour of their skin but the content of their character. With racially exclusive legislation today both the excluded and the included are being judged, not on the content of their character, but the colour of their skin.

1) No I don't support this. I think the economic value of recreational fishing is understated. I also believe the importance of commercial fishing, when so much of our quota is mismanaged by quota holders leasing it out because they are too incompetent to use it for themselves, is overstated.

2) I love trains, and the idea of saving the trains certainly has a romantic ring to it. The facts are that rail struggles economically. Goods and services must be able to be transported in the most efficient and economic way. If rail is the most economic and efficient means to do this then market forces will prevail and the trains will run. If rail is not the most efficient and economic way then it must close. I do not support subsidies.

3) Absolutely I do. My political opponents who call it the `holiday highway' have no understanding of Northland and what we are about. Strangely they do not call the Waikato expressway a holiday highway. We need an efficient transport corridor to lift our productivity and our wealth.

4) Youth unemployment. The aspirations of our young people are being dashed with one in four unemployed. An Otago university study states that 12000 young people have no jobs today because of the abolition of youth rates. National when in opposition opposed the abolition of youth rates, yet they voted against the ACT bill to reinstate them. A party vote for ACT will remind National what it used to stand for.

5) Mine it, drill it, extract it, get jobs, wealth and prosperity for all, and when the mining is done, plant trees.

6) Mining is a good start, but the most important thing is for government to make it easier for small to medium employers to employ more people. A flexible labour market, youth rates and reduced compliance costs are important. ACT proposes reducing the company tax rate to 12 percent. This one action will create massive employment opportunities, there are many more with a recent business survey finding that the overwhelming majority of business in NZ thought that the ACT party alone had a sound economic plan.

7) What an opportunity, I would like Whangarei to be a place people go to from all over NZ and the world, not one they drive through on their way to the Bay of Islands. I think a project that is a tourist attraction combining high adventure and the natural beauty of our harbour and the landscape that is uniquely Whangarei would work. A cable car to the top of Mount Mania maybe, with a giant flying fox to go down on. Might have to cut down a tree or two to do this and there may be a taniwha or two in the way so it will probably never happen.

8) I personally like MMP but unfortunately while the system itself is a sound way to get proportional representation the original design was modified by politicians to accommodate Maori seats, which are not needed. The Maori Party for example will probably get 3 MP's this time which reflects their percentage of the party vote, so they don't need Maori seats to achieve this. The Maori seats are separatist, passed their use by date, they disenfranchise Maori who opt out of the general electorate and by all accounts have delivered Maori no benefit. The National Party used to oppose them, ACT believes in one law for all and a party vote for ACT will remind National what the National Party used to stand for.

Pita Paraone, NZ First:

Technically I am not affiliated, by way of membership fees, to any one club or organisation. However listed here under are those that I follow by way of physical attendance and support: Pakuranga RFC; Howick Hornets RLCl; Howick Softball Club. Other organisations that I presently am a member of are: Ngatihine Runanga [iwi council] - member; Ngatihine Forestry Trust [forestry] - trustee; Motatau Marae & Cemetery [community facilities] - trustee; Waitangi National Trust Board [Treaty Grounds] - chairman; Waitangi Day Organising Committee [planning of Waitangi Day activities at Waitangi - chairman; Whangaroa Ngaiotonga Trust [land & forestry] - trustee; Sport Northland - appointed member; Roopu Manaaki [Maori programming for Sport Northland] - chairman; Board of NZ First Party - member.

I am married to Elva [from Hikurangi] still, after 44 years, and we have 3 adult children, 5 grandchildren, 2 dogs [pugs] and 2 cats [both strays and now a firm part of our family]. Home is in Howick but will relocate back to Whangarei if fortunate enough to be elected to Parliament either by way of the constituent vote or the Party vote.

I enjoy doing things with my immediate whanau especially those activities that involve our grandchildren. These usually include sporting activities but also spending some time reading the scriptures with them. Outside of family I enjoy time with the extended whanau catching up with family happenings and doing things together even if it to have a meal. Of course I enjoy meeting people and the present campaign allows me to do this, while some peoples responses may not be fun I regard it as so, why would I do it if it wasn't fun. Fishing and shellfish gathering is another activity of fun for me - I get to enjoy myself and also fulfil my obligation of providing for my whanau. I would vote for any other party that had a similar philosophy AND policies to that of New Zealand First. People like to be able to identify with others that they support and that there should be some commonality between them.

This commonality must also include the ability to contribute to the common cause of the community one lives in. Capacity to contribute to the good of the area and experience in doing this and having parliamentary experience as well are fairly good reasons as to why people should vote for me. I am a Northlander, born and bred whose ties to the electorate go back to the early 40s when my great-grandfather ran a boarding house for a number of years on the old Settlers Hotel site and where the present police station now stands.

I commenced my working life here in Whangarei in 1964, moved away in 1971, returned in 1985 when I had responsibility for community services [housing, employment & training, iwi development for the whole of the North] with the then Department of Maori Affairs. Later became Regional Director. In 2002 I entered Parliament for two terms after which I returned to Whangarei where I am again Regional Manager for the Maori Trustee involved in Maori land management and economic development. All of this while still living in Howick. During my term as an MP I retained a parliamentary office here as part of my commitment to Whangarei and indeed the North although I was elected from another electorate. My understanding of the social and economic needs of Whangarei is well known to me and with my parliamentary experience I am aware of what is required to have these needs met.

It is my view that the most compelling reason as to why people should vote for me is my commitment to Whangarei as evidenced by the length of time I spend away from my family, for many years and am still prepared to do so.

A Tuhoe tribal leader once said that he was all that his elders transmitted to him while he was growing up and what made him what he is today. Growing up in Motatau I learnt at a very early age the value of service to others for the betterment of others. In this respect I am reluctant to identify any one person outside of my parents Tamati and Kathleen Paraone who taught me and my siblings the importance of service, the care of one another, the need for a good education and Christian values.

1) The short answer for me and the NZ First Party is NO. Too often the people of New Zealand and in particular the recreational fishers have been asked to make this sacrifice in the name of conservation and environmental demands when the cause for the concern is as a result of the commercial interests, many of whom continue to ignore their obligations all in the name of profit, operating outside of their permissible areas. What is needed is a fostering of shared management arrangements with recreational, customary and commercial fishers whilst maintaining government control of management, research and enforcement.

2) Yes. If we are serious about uplifting the economic position of our region and at the same time about minimising our carbon footprint the retention of this rail link is essential. Similarly with the Marsden Point link. However the use of these links should not be limited to the mere transport of goods. Here is an opportunity to move passengers whether they are the workforce or visitors / tourists. These links will also provide an economic option of ensuring our goods and produce are easily accessible to national and international markets.

3) It is merely a matter of time before this highway will need to become a reality. While the sceptics may argue against it on the basis of cost, to delay its construction will see a higher cost required. While I do not support the notion of tolls many seem to overlook the fact that there is a toll road in place from Orewa to Puhoi - so where is the problem of extending the toll apart from the fact that the road tax that is already paid through the purchase of petrol IS NOT being allocated for that purpose. Again the Northland region has to be easily accessible by the rest of the world if we want to avail ourselves of the economic opportunities that will emanate from this.

4) Addressing employment issues requires a collaborative effort between government [central and local], business and labour organisations. Employment creation is dependent upon wealth creation and a system that effectively distributes that wealth. Whangarei is, as is the rest of Northland, primarily an electorate of small and medium businesses. Job and wealth creation are dependent on these enterprises. Encouraging regional development, research and development, picking winning ideas and empowering the electorate to develop local initiatives and using local talent is what is required. Introducing a new system of subsidising wages for employers who take on young unemployed people for trade training and skills programmes AND Reintroducing the community wage policy requiring recipients to make a contribution to their community. For our farming and rural sector the access to industry training funds will be improved. Support for the computers in homes programme will be established to help socially and economically disadvantaged households with the intent of improving their employment prospects.

5) It is said that the quality of the future we leave to our children is determined by the quality of the children we leave for our future. NZ First believes that education is a critical social and economic investment. As such I would spend this allocation on a project that essentially has an education focus. At present many of our school leavers leave the electorate / region for tertiary opportunities. I would utilise this allocation to enter into a joint venture with a University to provide a much wider range of degree courses that are presently unavailable within the region. This would have the effect of ridding the necessity of the student to leave home and indeed the region. By way of research and development the institute would be required to develop a programme that will increase participation rates and quality provision of early childhood education ensuring that kindergarten, play centres and kohanga reo requirements are given full recognition. The abolishment of the present National Standards would be a priority however the development of and the testing of this would also form part of the requirement of this broadened tertiary institute.

6) Yes, I support the retention of MMP even though there is serious money being provided [even from overseas] to the lobby seeking its abolition. It probably needs some slight adjustments particularly where we are now witnessing an abuse of it and indeed democracy over a cup of tea by proponents who would like us to go back to first past the post. This makes the time taken to determine the first administration under MMP in 1996 pale into insignificance. Under MMP a wider view from the electorate is assured.

Phil Heatley, National Party:

Patron of North Haven Hospice, Northland Hockey Association, Northland Kennel Club and Whangarei Choral Society; honorary member of Whangarei South Rotary and Northland Chamber of Commerce; member of Whangarei Central Baptist Church and the Whangarei Club.

Jenny loves `chefing', singing (mezzo-soprano), her Samoyed Eros and, thankfully, me; Bryn (12) loves technology, computers, problem solving and organising everyone, Nina (10) loves sports and horses; McKenzie (6) loves dancing, fun and mischief.

For Fun: Kick around with the kids, movie and red wine dates with Jenny, fishing and waterskiing the Whangarei Harbour. We camp under canvas every summer whereby I refuse to shave or read the newspaper.

Winston Churchill if he were still alive (woudl get my vote) because he made decisions under wartime pressure and didn't fluff around.

Firstly, experience matters both locally and in the Beehive. Second, I know my hometown, Whangarei, back to front and inside out and I represent her with unrelenting energy. And lastly, we need to keep Whangarei's voice strong in John Key's National Party.

My Christian faith and my own immediate family, Jenny and the kids (no one shapes you more than those you live with).

1) When fish stocks are under pressure commercial fish takes should be lowered in the first instance. Recreational bag limits should be best matched to need and lowered only when necessary to rebuild a seriously depleted stock or if they are absurdly high - like the 30 per person per day for blue cod in some areas of the country. It's worth noting that NZ and Alaska have the best fisheries in the world, and are internationally recognised as such. Our quota management system works extremely well.

2) Kiwirail need to hunt out more profitable local freight to make the extra $100m plus investment needed to upgrade Northland rail worthwhile. While most of us like the idea of rail, presently this doesn't translate into individuals and businesses using it. Kiwirail's current review of local rail could throw up potential untapped clients, therefore more business opportunities for rail. This is a good thing. I'm pleased the Northland Regional Council and Kiwirail have achieved rail link land designation and purchase. They've made all this progress over the last three years under National after no progress, at all, with nine years of Labour. It's my personal view that the rail link will finally be built only when Marsden becomes a significant importing port and not just an exporter of logs. When those decisions are made, the designation means we have the ability to build quickly.

3) This is a Road of National Significance, it is a key driver of economic growth for Northland and myself, John Key and the National Government is 100% committed to it. Labour mocks it as a ``holiday highway. The fact is SH1 is an artery into Northland. It feeds goods and services to the north and our region's exports south to Auckland then the world. It also connects us to our families in the south and, yes, it unashamedly brings the tourist dollar home. Local Labour candidates need to explain why they are saying scrap the Puhoi to Wellsford upgrade and spend it on Northland rail, while their Leader Phil Goff is saying they are, in fact, going to scrap it and spend the money in Auckland.

4) The need for ongoing infrastructural investment into our schools, roads, telecommunications, broadband, wastewater treatment, hospitals and other public and leisure facilities. Such investment brings real jobs during the build phase. When complete, infrastructure helps local businesses to trade, grow and employ more people. In recent years Councils and Government have built between them the Northland Stadium, the Kamo bypass, a new Aquatic Centre, Library, Courthouse, Police Station and $20m mental health unit. Kensington Park and stadium, and the Town Basin, have had facelifts. Ruakaka residents have a $7m sewage system grant from Government, 17 Whangarei schools have been modernised and the new Teen Parent School is now open. We need to continue this momentum. Our town is a place we want our families to enjoy and our youth to return to after their OE's. Negative talk won't attract them, investment in civic facilities and leisure infrastructure is certain to.

5) I am very supportive of the mining of valuable minerals in sensible areas. One third of NZ is safe and protected in the DOC estate and so we should consider getting the most of our resources in the other two-thirds of our country. We can't say `no' to everything if we want the very best in education, health and infrastructure for our families. Our challenge is that, unlike the backblocks of Australia, NZ has wonderful and sensitive landscapes, beaches, forests, waterways and mountains and so we have to progress with care. So if we can use cutting edge technology to retrieve minerals with minimal environmental disturbance, we absolutely should.

6) Ongoing infrastructural investment will produce real jobs during the build phase and, when complete, the infrastructure is essential for local businesses to grow and employ more people. In recent years councils and government have built the Northland stadium, Kamo bypass, a new Aquatic Centre, library, courthouse, police station and $20m mental health unit. Kensington Park and stadium, and the Town Basin, have had facelifts. Ruakaka residents have a $7m sewage system grant from government, 17 Whangarei schools have been modernised and the new Teen Parent School is now open. We need to continue this momentum for both employment reasons and so civic facilities and leisure infrastructure ensure our region is a great place for our families to live, work and play.

7) Its not generally a Central Government responsibility BUT the upgrade of the Whangarei District Council's creaking wastewater treatment system and underground stormwater system. We have a beautiful and rich harbour and it needs to be protected.

8) I'm relaxed about what voting system we have - it should be up to the people not MPs. John Key and our team have made MMP work for the good of NZ and we can make other systems work.

Ken Goodhue, Democrats for Social Credit:

I am retired, but have been involved in Social Credit politics for over 50 years. At present I am involved in the Democrats for Social Credit Party at both local and national level.

This at present takes up all the spare time I have available. I was born in Whangarei and reared on a farm at Taumarere, a few kilometres from Kawakawa in the Bay of Islands. I went to Kawakawa for my primary education. The family then moved to Pakiri, to the east of Wellsford, at which District High School I had my secondary education. The family then moved to Ruawai, where I commenced working on a dairy farm. It was from Ruawai I attended a course at Massey College (Massey University) to gain a Diploma In Agriculture (Dairy Farming) in 1956. A few years later after marrying, I started working at the dairy factory in Ruawai, and was there for 11 years. I then bought 13 acres south of Whangarei and moved there, and transferred from the Ruawai branch of the Mid-Northland Dairy Coop to the Whangarei branch, and worked there for a further 9 years. I then left the dairy industry and set up a poultry farm on the land south of Whangarei.

I farmed laying hens at Otaika for some 27 years, until I sold the property, in 2004, and retired to a life style block of land, at the end of Toe Toe Rd. During the time I was poultry farming, I was involved in the poultry industry at both local and national level.

I was a director for 10 years.of the Poultrymen's Coop in Auckland, which manufactured poultry ration and meals for livestock, and graded and distributed eggs. I helped to set up a grading and distribution floor in Whangarei, (Northern Eggs) and was a director for 12 years, of which I was chairman for 6 years. I was then involved in establishing of North South Eggs to distribute eggs, of which I was a director until retiring from poultry farming.

My wife and I have been married for 53 years. We have a daughter and son. We have 5 grandchildren, 3 are adults, and two are still at secondary school. My wife and I are trying to establish native trees on the steep parts of our block of land, and having some success.

We have many visitors, and enjoy them all. I like to travel, and where possible, by train. I have been to the U. K. and France. I have travelled across Russia by the Siberian Express, and up to St. Petersburg. I have also travelled in Australia.

I enjoy going to Art Galleries and Museums. I read a lot, and have an extensive collection of books.

I would not vote for anyone outside my party, as all the other political parties support the present monetary system. I believe that the present monetary system is so corrupt, that all the other parties will only deliver us into the complete control of the global financiers, as has just happened in Italy.

This country is at present rapidly moving into the hands of the same financiers. The party I represent, is the only party, that not only has the expertise, but the courage to to get this country moving in the right direction to get it out of this recession.

The persons who have had a huge influence on me, are my father, and an elderly neighbour when I was a teenager. Both were monetary reformers, and passionate about their beliefs, and had the ability to articulate them.

1) I do not think recreational fish limits should be reduced. The biggest threats to our fishing stocks come from the commercial fishing industry. I believe the government should be more proactive in policing the commercial fishing industry. All fishing boats working in New Zealand waters, should be owned and registered by New Zealand companies, and manned by New Zealand crews.

2) The Northland/Auckland rail link must be retained and the link to Marsden Pt. completed. This would bring much needed work to Northland while being upgraded and extended. It would bring back the 70 percent in lost in revenue when the upper harbour wharves were closed, and all business transferred to Marsden Pt. The upgrading of the line and extension would cost $280million and conceivably could be finished in less than five years. The logging traffic in the North is expected to double in the next few years, and the early completion of the rail connection would relieve the pressure on the roads.

3) The Puhoi-to-Wellsford road should still go ahead, as it is estimated it will take until 2022 before it is completed. Unfortunately it will not solve the problems north of Wellsford, where there is going to be a big increase in freight traffic. That is why it is imperative to upgrade the rail, otherwise the existing roads in the North will not cope.

4) Unemployment is the biggest issue in the North. The extension of the rail to Marsden Point would bring much short term work to the district, and the better utilization of th port would bring much needed permanent work into the area.

5) I can see no problem with mining in the North, as long as it passed the requirements of the resource management act, and it was a viable proposition.

6) First thing I would do, is get on with the extension of the rail to Marsden Pt.

7) The extension of the rail to Marsden Pt.

8) I support the retention of MMP. I believe the next fairest system is STV.

Ross Craig, Conservatives:

I was a secondary school teacher, dean and head of department for 21 years before getting involved in business as the owner of a 70ha forest in Mahurangi West. Wife Lesley and I now enjoy the life on our lifestyle property in Redvale. Until November last year I was a sitting councillor on the Rodney District Council which was disestablished with the formation of the Auckland Council.

I live outside Whangarei and therefore have no local affiliations. Up until the disestablishment of the Rodney District Council last year I was a sitting councillor.

Next month Lesley and I will celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary, we have raised 5 children the eldest being Colin who is the leader of the Conservative Party. We spend any spare time we have interacting with our 12 grandchildren and working on our lifestyle property on the northern outskirts of Auckland. If I was a resident in Whangarei I would vote for Phil Heatley as he scores high on family values and has proven himself as a successful MP.

People who choose to vote for me would vote for a person who would actively engage with those I represent. I will commit to finding out and then pushing hard for the majority view within the Whangarei electorate. I have successfully been able to do this as a district councillor.

Having been a secondary school Teacher/Head of Department and Dean for over 20 years the person who most influenced my effective engagement with people was an extremely dynamic and entertaining teaching colleague at Pakuranga College  who joined the staff in the 1970's.

1) I do not think recreational limits should be reduced. Fish stocks are at an adequate level and fishing is hugely important, as a tourist attraction in the electorate.

2) No I don't support the retention of the Northland/Auckland rail link to Marsden Point even though logs from my forestry block were trucked to Helensville and carted by rail in the 1990's. The most efficient  form of commercial transport is by road primarily as it is more versatile without costly loading and reloading onto a rail wagon.

3) I wholeheartedly support the spending of $1.69 billion on the Puhoi-to- Wellsford highway. Whangarei is a gateway city and needs to benefit from more efficient movement of goods and people between the city and New Zealand's main economic metropolis to the south.

4) The biggest issue facing Whangarei is unemployment which is most critical for youth. Cr Kahu Sutherland (35 years working with 'at risk' youth) has advised me of a several ways that this problem would be reduced  and I would strenuously work to bring about fundamental change in line with his recommendation.

5) I would strongly support the opening of Northland to for mining/mineral extraction

6) Such mining development would clearly provide  more jobs. Other measures are to implement Conservative Party policies such as reintroduction of apprenticeships and developing community work schemes where a significant community wage is paid for unemployed to work/training and with regard to youth this would often occur at the secondary schools when students are disinclined to suffer more academic learning.

This new approach would allow for older skilled folk who have a desire to put something back into the community to do so. They would receive a modest payment for the time they spent in doing this community service.

7) Having inadequate knowledge of all competing needs of the electorate I cannot answer this question.

8) I do not support the retention of MMP. I favour Single Transferable Vote as it gives more control for constituents and less party control on who represents you,  it also would facilitate a reduction in MP's to 99 which would be more than adequate for this nation.


- Northern Advocate

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