Winemaker latest hopeful for Central Otago mayor

Another hopeful has put his hand up for the Central Otago mayoralty.

Richard Prosser, an Earnscleugh-based winemaker, who is also pushing for a South Island Parliament, is the latest person to put his name forward.

Mr Prosser stood as a Democrats for Social Credit candidate at the last national election and now also wants to restart the South Island Party after it folded in 2002.

As well as standing for mayor, he was also running for council after sensing a "dissatisfaction" from within the community, he said.

"There is a lack of progress in getting workers in viticulture and horticulture, and accommodation for them," Mr Prosser said.

The 40-year-old has been involved in politics for the past five years, and said he had the most varied background of all candidates.

"I have been mulling over it for about a year or so ... I realise it will be a commitment," he said.

So far Alexandra radio announcer Mike Bain has confirmed he will stand against Malcolm Macpherson for mayor, as well as police officer Mike Colligan – provided he gets approval from New Zealand Police.

Former Act Party MP Gerry Eckhoff has not confirmed if he was keen on the mayoralty despite rumours that he is going to stand. Nominations close on August 24.

The Southland Times