RSA president wants seat on council

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District RSA president Derek Nees is once again throwing his hat in the ring for the local body elections this October.

Derek attracted 3917 votes in the 2013 election, 2000 short of the cut off. In a statement released to nelsonlive.co.nz today, Derek says he doesn’t have any “grand projects or personal agendas”.

Here is his statement in full:

“I stand for the greater good of the Nelson Tasman Region. I want to bring better balance to our elected governance. We need also to make better use of the combined strength of the Councils across the Top-of-The-South to increase pressure on Central Government to recognise the contribution this region makes to the economy of New Zealand.

I proudly represent the Road Transport Industry through the Road Transport Association and will support initiatives that facilitate the movement of the economic life blood of the region to and through our city and port. Therefore, I am a strong supporter of the building of a new State Highway and the realisation of the potential for our unique waterfront, the latter is not achievable without the former. I support the process that NZTA is engaging in to produce a business case to provide solutions to the congestion and resilience issues with the current network.

Central Government have forecast growth in the economy of 3% each year for the next 5 years – this region must be prepared to meet the many challenges that growth will bring with it – that won’t happen if we sit on our hands and squabble over development initiatives for the region.

Nelson City Council should be held to account for rate increases of more that the annual CPI – ask any budget-conscious family and they will tell you that, if you only have a 1% increase in income, you cannot expect to spend 3% more on living.

As a member of the Returned and Services Association, I am committed to remembering those who have gone before us, not just those Service people who gave their all, but all those who have contributed to Nelson and the region being the wonderful place it is today. We need to honour the past by having positive vision for the future.

I don’t want to have to tell my Grandchildren that I could see what the problems were, but failed to do anything about them.”