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Two better than none
We have two candidates vying
for the Central Otago mayoral
job. It would be better to have
had more but at least there is
some interest in the top job. Both
candidates have had experience
around the Central Otago Dis-
trict Council table.
I'm looking forward to hearing
each of them speak to get a sense
of what they are about, what
their hopes are for the region
and what skills they bring to this
governance role. I'm hoping
there will be some form of public
debate where we get to see them
in action and where the com-
munity gets an opportunity to
ask questions. Actually it would be great for all the
candidates for council, community boards, regional
council and district health boards to be involved.
Needless to say everyone who has opted to put their name
forward ought to be applauded. It's obviously a thankless
role, which is probably evidenced by the number of
current community board members and councillors who
are not putting their hats into the ring this time round.
I'd like to express a big thank you to each and every one of
you for being prepared to stand up and take action.
Without you having the courage to stand, we the
community wouldn't have the opportunity and privilege to
select the best people to make decisions for the future of
We only get this chance once every three years.
There is only one thing worse than people constantly
focusing on problems without the nous to suggest possible
solutions, and that is people not even making the effort to
Amy Scott is a former lawyer turned professional
speaker who is passionate about effective communication
Dedicated Wanaka edition
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The team at the Mirror are excited
to today publish the first edition of
the Wanaka Mirror.
In a world where the mediascape is
in almost constant flux, where the
internet has turned traditional
newspaper models on their head
and our newsrooms are undergo-
ing massive and sometimes painful
changes, there is something really
special for us about a planning a
new edition focused solely on the
communities we serve.
Among all the change it has
become increasingly clear that
despite overwhelming global infor-
mation availability, readers are
increasingly seeking news from
their own communities. They want to sit
down and find out who is doing what,
how and why. They care about their local
sports, businesses, education and person-
By splitting the Southern Lakes Mirror
into Queenstown and Wanaka editions
we will better be able to focus on each
individual community. Of course, our
strong Central Otago edition will
continue, providing its great service to
readers from Cromwell and Alexandra to
Ranfurly and Roxburgh.
In some ways, we have come full circle.
When the Mirror was first published in
April 1987 it was announced as ''the new
newspaper for the Clutha Valley''.
The lead story on that first paper was
John Lee's fight to start cross country
skiing at the Pisa Range, in the Cardrona
Valley. He won that battle and today the
Snow Farm is a key player in the wider
district's winter recreational and busi-
ness worlds and the Lee family have
continued to grace our pages ever since.
In unveiling our newest edition, we are
continuing to evolve to meet the needs of
you, our readers.
You will see our team in your
communities and you will find our
Mirrors in your letter boxes, in drop
boxes around your towns and online at
We promise to keep you in touch with
your community, to challenge your
leaders and to share your successes and
We hope you will let us know what you
think, what we are doing right and what
we could be doing better.
To our friends in the Upper Clutha, we
hope you enjoy this week's Mirror.
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