Local elections 2013 – Hilary McNab standing for Catlins Ward of Clutha District Council 21-Aug-2013

August 21, 2013 10:50 pm

There was no election in the Catlins Ward of the Clutha District Council, as sitting member Hilary McNab, South Otago Provincial President of Rural Women NZ, was the only candidate.

“I will do my best for another three years,” she says.

Has being a Rural Women NZ member influenced your decision to stand for Council again?

The opportunities I have received as a member of Rural Women NZ have certainly had a huge impact on where I am now.  It started with attending the Wellington Experience leadership programme.  From there I received a scholarship to attend the Institute of Directors ‘Certificate in Company Direction’ course.

What inspired you to put up your hand for local body politics?

I have been involved in many community groups over many years, the next step was Council.

What do you see as the most important qualities for a local councillor?

Passion for your area, honesty, integrity, desire to improve infrastructures and the district we live in.

What are the top three rural issues facing your community?

1.  Declining budgets from national government, mainly roading

2.  Reminding the higher powers where the larger portion of export earnings come from.

3.  Retaining services, i.e. NZ Post, health, education.

If you could change one thing affecting your rural community during your term in office, what would it be?
Watching that rates are at a manageable level.  It’s a fine balance between what is required to provide best possible levels of service at a fair cost.

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