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Letter to Manukau: Voting matters - Decide to vote

Letter to Manukau

24 September 2007

Voting matters - Decide to vote

You should now have received your voting papers for our local elections. There is information for five sets of papers in most cases. You will find candidate information supplied. It is important to remember that you only need to vote for the candidates that you support.

You have only one chance to vote for the Mayor of Manukau City. This is the only chance to vote for Len Brown.

As Mayor I commit to deliver:

- improved financial discipline in the Council. This will deliver rates increases tied to the rate of inflation for the next three years

- improved safety in our streets and neighbourhoods so we can build confident communities

- improved public transport so that getting around the city is easy and doesn’t cost a fortune

My 12 years in leadership roles within local government and the community have given me the experience needed for the job ahead. My work as a lawyer has enabled me to engage with many people across the whole of the city and has equipped me for the task of working cooperatively and effectively with Council colleagues. I am also able to work professionally and effectively with Council staff and key stakeholders on issues that affect us all.

I have been promoting a Voting Day on 29 September. On this day we can get the voting done. It is very easy to put things off when the voting papers arrive thinking we will “do it later”.

If that is what has happened, let’s now agree to vote on voting day, Saturday 29 September and post the papers off to the Council next day.

Over the last 4 years I have been discussing with our people and in particular with those 35,000 households I have personally visited across the city. As a result of those meetings I have developed a full portfolio of policies but have focused particularly on transport, rates and safety. We have an important and exciting future ahead of us.

The leadership of Manukau City is about to change. Therefore decide to be part of Moving Manukau Forward into the future.

Vote Len Brown for Mayor


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