No Green candidate to stand

JACK MONTGOMERIE
Last updated 05:00 22/07/2014
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The Green Party will contest September's election without a candidate for Rangitata.

The party's Rangitata electorate convener Gerrie Ligtenberg said personal commitments meant she did not have the time to stand again, and "we haven't found anyone else who was committed".

Te Tai Tonga candidate Dora Langsbury would represent the party at candidate meetings in the electorate, aiming to maximise the Greens' party vote, Ligtenberg said.

When quizzed on which Rangitata candidate the Greens supported, Ligtenberg said the decision was up to voters, but she confirmed she had met Labour candidate Steve Gibson at his home to verify she would not be standing.

She believed incumbent National MP's Jo Goodhew's views were "quite the opposite" to the Green Party's on intensive dairying.

The party will launch its Rangitata campaign on Saturday.

Wanaka recycling centre manager Sue Coutts will represent the party in the Waitaki electorate.

Coutts said that water quality was a significant issue in the Waitaki district.

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- The Timaru Herald

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