18 September 2016
South Dunedin to grill election candidates this week
South Dunedin has emerged as a significant issue in the upcoming local body elections and as a result two candidate
forums for councillors and mayoral candidates have been organised this week by the Greater South Dunedin Community
Group, acting chair of the Greater South Dunedin Community Group Philip Gilchrist said today.
The forum meetings will hosted in the Mayfair Theatre on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21 Septemberfrom 6.30pm - 9pm in
order to provide all candidates with an opportunity to provide their views on the challenges and opportunities for this
important part of the city.
An electronic survey sent out to the candidates before the forums has drawn responses from 34 of the 44 candidates
standing for the Dunedin City Council. We believe the large number of responses is a recognition that issues concerning
the future of South Dunedin are high on their list of priorities.
At the forums, candidates will be asked a question and then given two minutes to respond, and there will also be about
90 minutes when questions can be asked of the candidates from the floor. Previous meetings that our group has hosted
have prompted vigorous and relevant questioning from the public and it is expected that this meeting will provide the
similar level of interaction as the people of South Dunedin are now, at last, having their voices heard. The June 2015
flood has certainly brought South Dunedin to New Zealand's attention.
We are pleased to be hosting the event in the magnificent Mayfair Theatre, which is the significant heritage Building in
South Dunedin, Mr Gilchrist said.
We attach a link to the survey responses:
The results are un-edited and can be downloaded or read online.