Businesspeople grill candidates

17:00, Sep 19 2013

The inner city upgrade and what could be done to make Invercargill more family-friendly were some of the questions raised by the public at a Meet the Candidates evening last night.

Seventeen candidates standing in Invercargill's local government elections in October each gave a three-minute presentation to the meeting, held at Crowe Horwath.

About 80 business people attended and asked questions of the candidates including what they would do to improve and support the business environment if they were elected.

During their speeches several of the candidates showed they did not support the inner city upgrade, while others did.

One candidate said he would bring a "pro-business attitude" to council while another said councillors needed to build on what was good in the city.

An Invercargill resident asked the candidates what their thoughts were on the living wage for council staff in the south and a candidate responded by saying there had been no discussion around it.

Chamber of Commerce president Sean Woodward said the purpose of the evening was for candidates to see that business people were interested and wanted to be considered in council decision making.

Chamber of Commerce chief executive Richard Hay said successful and sustainable businesses were needed to have a successful community.

"Councils can hinder or support this through their policies and actions so it's important to know where the candidates stand on this."

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