Vanessa van Uden.
Four election debates will be held in the Lakes District
and Central Otago region in the next two days, giving residents
and ratepayers the chance to make informed decisions before
casting their votes in the coming local body elections.
The Otago-wide debates are organised by the Otago Daily
Times in conjunction with the Otago Chamber of Commerce.
Today, a forum will be held in Wanaka at 12.30pm at the Lake
The roadshow continues in Queenstown this evening with 14
candidates standing for six places on the Queenstown Lakes
District Council, along with incumbent mayor Vanessa van Uden
and challenger Al Angus, of Glenorchy.
The debate will be held at the Queenstown Memorial Centre
Central Otago voters will tomorrow have a chance to quiz the
two candidates in the running for the mayoralty - incumbent
Tony Lepper, vying for a second term, and former Central
Otago district councillor Lynley Claridge, who is bidding for
the mayoralty for the first time.
They will be taking part in the ODT/Chamber of
Commerce mayoral forums at Cromwell at noon, in the Otago
Polytechnic's Molyneux Restaurant and at Alexandra at 5.30pm,
at the Centennial Court Motor Inn.