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Water meters divide Otaki Board candidates
October 2012
Will water meters be the deciding issue in the Otaki by-election. Anti-water meter campaigner Jackie Elliott hands out leaflets on Main St, Otaki.

In a surprise response during question time two of the three Otaki Community Board by-election candidates told a full Otaki meeting they favoured the introduction of water meters.

Annie Bythell said she thought water meters were a good idea but she didn't like the process by which they were introduced.

Christine Papps said, "Yes, I am definitely in favour of water meters.

The final candidate to speak on the topic was Jackie Elliott who said she was strongly against the introduction of water meters, adding "Storage is important and in the long run is a lot cheaper."

Ms Elliott was a primary organiser of a petition of over 8000 signatures calling for a ratepayer referendum on water meters which was subsequently rejected by Council.

The meeting, hosted by the Otaki Rotary Club, was chaired by popular Beach FM announcer Nigel Hopkins.

Voting papers are out and must be received by the returning officer Jude Wadsworth by Noon, Wednesday 31 October 2012.

Ms Wadsworth said early voting numbers were very positive and it was possible the last by-election return of 41% could be exceeded.

Ms. George (added 350 weeks ago)
Jackie Elliott cares about the community. She stands up for everything that she believes in and is a blessing to our community. Up at 8 am down at the markets in the weekends in Otaki doing her speeches,running around the town handing out flyers in all her spare hours. She is a natural leader & so lovely to speak to. Vote Elliott.
Margaret (added 350 weeks ago)
I voted for Ms Elliott. She stands up for the community and we need more of that please.
Jim (added 350 weeks ago)
That is a very good reason to vote for Jackie Elliott. We dont need water meters, end of story.
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