On Thursday 21st September we held a very successful Meet The Candidates Evening at the Waiatarua Community Hall. We had over fifty people in attendance to hear the candidates, Deborah Russell (Labour), Paulo Garcia (National), Steve Abel (Greens) and Jake Curren representing ACT, answer a wide range of questions from the community. It was an excellent opportunity for people to get better informed and ensure that the candidates are fully aware of the issues facing our community. It was clear that despite the many differing views in the room and certain topics inviting a lot of passion (especially when addressing the environmental challenges we are all facing), it was good to see that at the end of the day we are, above all, neighbours. The evening concluded with informal chat, drinks and snacks.