Monday, 22 September 2008

Candidate election statement: Michael Woodhouse

The North Coast is not only one of the most beautiful parts of Otago,
but is also an area with a link to my family's past. My late Father's
extended family farmed near Purakaunui in the first half of the 20th
Century. Dunedin born and bred, I have a strong connection with the
Electorate, especially having been CEO of Mercy Hospital for the past
7 ½ years.

The Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a marvellous example of a community
response to the preservation of our heritage and environment and I
look forward to contributing to its completion as a Member of the
Rotary Club of Dunedin, who have taken on the track maintenance task.

Whilst I applaud the initiative of the local community in exploring
the possibility of restoring the North Coast passenger rail service,
the logistics and cost may prove insurmountable. What will be a
success factor is a galvanised community, and this was evident in the
recent public meeting held on the issue. Congratulations to the
organisers.

I look forward to serving you.

by Michael Woodhouse

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