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Martin Leiding

Standing for:Far North District Council
Position: Councillor - Eastern
Thank you for your questions and the opportunity to respond. This is obviously the time to remind Local Body politicians and candidates to address the issues concerning disabled members of our communities and I thank you for doing so. I have had some experience in my family and circle of friends with disabilities and my partner and I are regular contributors to fund raising activities such as raffles and the like for the Moerewa MINDS Trust. Through this I have gained some understanding of the varied difficulties disabled people face in the Far North. What are the three biggest issues affecting disabled people in your community? I understand that the most pressing problems disabled people and organisations like yours face are:
  1. A lack of funding for your work and activities,
  2. The associated problem of a lack of facilities,
  3. Any issues regarding access for disabled people such as wheelchair access, ramps, lifts and the like.
What would you do in council to address these? Over the past years I have worked with community groups in Bay of Islands on issues mainly concerned with the area’s historic, environmental, cultural and economic values, all of which I consider to be interconnected. Consequently the motto of my campaign is “Working With Communities”. If elected I intend to continue and extend this networking to individuals and groups like yours. It is my intention to address the needs of all members of our communities aiming to advance their social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being, as required by the Local Government Act.
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