Congratulations to Kate Wilson, who was successful in being re-elected to the Mosgiel/Taieri ward of the Dunedin City Council in the 2013 elections. Kate is a member of Middlemarch Rural Women.
Kate, what inspired you to put your hand up for local body politics?
I believe it is very important that all voices are represented around a Council table, and as a rural woman, albeit one who was brought up in the centre of the city, and now living on the far outreaches, I think I bring an interesting blend of views and experience.
What do you see as the most important qualities for a local councillor?
An ability to listen, an ability to consider social, cultural and environmental issues alongside financial and economic considerations. Being from a strong rural community and seeing how community can do more for less, and employing locals first informs me well for challenging other entrenched models of doing things in a city.
What are the top three rural issues facing your community?
2. Rates issues related to property values, rather than provision of services, and low targetted rate use
3. Certainty of water management issues in the next 10 years.
If you could change one thing affecting the rural community during your term in office, what would it be.
A vastly improved District Plan.
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