Nelson has a new Mayor
Progress results put sitting
Councillor Rachel Reese taking the seat with 1429 votes
ahead of first term Mayor Aldo Miccio.
The Mayoral results
· Rachel Reese 7477 votes
Miccio (sitting) 6048 votes
· Brian McGurk 3018
· Richard Osmaston 308 votes
was not standing for Council at large.
results for the 12 Councillors will be released as soon as
candidates have been informed.
There has been a 48.74%
voter return in Nelson compared with 52.20% in
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On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney
Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about the leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. According to Groser, ‘extreme’ positions are common at the outset of negotiations, and these get whittled down over the course of negotiations. Fine.
Except that we’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations.
Still, Groser did promise that the cost of medicines would not rise as a result of the TPP trade deal. Great. But this is not what politicians in other countries are saying. More>>