By-election candidates put through their paces

GLENN CONWAY
Last updated 05:00 21/11/2013
chch east
DANIEL TOBIN
From left: Matthew Doocey National, David Moorhouse Greens, Jenner Lichtwark Democrats for Social Credit, Ian Gaskin Independent, Gareth Veale ACT party, Leighton Baker Conservative Party. (Not pictured Poto Williams, Labour)

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First came the physical workout and then the mental one.

Eight of the 10 Christchurch East by-election candidates yesterday attended a forum organised by the Wainoni-Avonside Community Services Trust, a body that traditionally hosts meetings for local body and general elections.

For nearly an hour, most of the candidates had a GymFit class, where they were put through their paces in a seated chair exercise and through some other routines.

Afterwards, they each addressed the crowd of about 30 for four minutes before taking questions.

The predominantly elderly audience was told by the Conservative Party candidate, Leighton Baker, they should not feel disenfranchised from the community because they had years of wisdom to pass on to the next generation that would inherit the new city.

National's Matthew Doocey spoke about the Government's investment and commitment to Christchurch.

Independent Ian Gaskin said his key goal, if asked to help form part of a coalition government, would be to see democracy restored to Canterbury.

Greens candidate David Moorhouse spoke about the need to grow strong communities.

ACT's Gareth Veale, pressing the party's anti-crime stance, said he would help cut crime in the eastern suburbs.

Labour's Poto Williams said the by-election represented "hope out of uncertainty" for the area.

Another public meeting for the candidates has been organised by the Sensible Sentencing Trust next week.

The event, to be held at the New Brighton Rugby Football Club on Tuesday at 7pm, will quiz candidates on their law and order policies.

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