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Aug162019

Denis Tegg To Stand For Regional Council

Denis has advised me this morning that he ihas nominated for the Regional Council. This has scome 'right out of left field,' but should have been expected considering his action to wind up his legal practice in the last month. I just wish he had decided to take Sandra on  - clearly a strp too far, but he would have had far greater influence in that role, and he may have under-estimated the support he would have had.

I happen to believe that it is an ill-considered decision on his part in tthe light of the fact that Dal Minogue has (in my view!) done a good job. and deserves another term. But more important, Denis will almost certainly draw votes form Dal and allow the 'single issue' Graf anti-1080 bloc through the middle. That would be a great shame, and counter-productive in achieving Denis's primary climate-change agenda that most of us support with a passion. 

The problem is that Dal has fought a good 'rear-guard' action on climate-change issues during is time on Council, and I fear that Graf would throw his lot in with the dairy farmer bloc that already dominates the Regional Council in order to achieve his campaign to eliminate 1080.  They are 'shaky' on this issue because most appear to believe that they are on top of the TB threat,- a totally false premise of course.

Okay, so some of you will believe that I 'over-think' these scenarios, but is it worth the risk? I don't think so, and I will therefore have great difficulty in supporting Denis in the circumstances, even if normally, I would I would be behind him 'boots and all.'

All I can say is "may the best man win," but not Graf, please God!

 

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Reader Comments (1)

Hi Bill,

Just to clarify a mistake in your report.

Though I have a New Zealand law degree and was admitted to the bar I do not consider myself as a lawyer or hold myself out as a lawyer under the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006. I used my legal qualifications in a career overseas in the Policy and Research area. In the past I have worked as an advocate in New Zealand, but I currently do not hold a lawyers practising certificate nor do I wish to ever hold one in a private practice capacity.

I currently own a small publishing business here on the Coromandel and am on the board of Trust Waikato.

Warm regards, Liam Kedzlie

August 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLiam Kedzlie

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