Dunedin returning officer Pam Jordan takes down the
elections office sign at the DCC at noon yesterday. Photo
by Linda Robertson.
There is much at stake in this year's local body
The Stand Up Otago
series has highlighted some serious issues, and shows
people in the South are clearly looking for direction and
Voters need to think carefully about the type of leadership
their councils need now, and in the years ahead, if the
region is to thrive economically, socially, culturally and
Today, we publish the
full list of nominations for the 2013 local body
elections. It is every adult's democratic right in this
country to vote (just as it is their democratic privilege not
We urge you to exercise that important right. Public
participation in the democratic process is the cornerstone of
The big hurdle for candidates, as always, will be in
capturing the attention of voters.
Between now and September 20, when the delivery of postal
voting papers begins, we are planning:
- Comprehensive coverage of the issues in all districts
- Mayoral profiles, a series of articles based on leadership
and topical local-issue questions the newspaper will put to
all mayoral candidates in Dunedin, Waitaki, Queenstown-Lakes
and Central Otago and Clutha.
- Candidates forum, a series of questions put to every
council candidate standing in the region. Our Otago-wide team
of reporters will also define the issues in each electoral
district from Timaru to Invercargill.
- The Otago Mayoral Debates 2013, a series of six public
meetings held throughout the province, in association with
the Otago Chamber of Commerce and local chambers.
We will also hit the streets to capture the mood, colour,
humour and the lighter side as candidates fall over
themselves to get a headline and grab your attention.
Voters, of course, will get the final say. Stay with the
Otago Daily Times so you can make an informed