Where born irrelevant
Oh dear Meredith. One of the reasons for her standing is that people can vote for a local woman born and raised in Gisborne.
I trust that the elections for Mayor and councillors will not be about where a candidate was born or went to school. I want a candidate to have ability and attributes, and if she or he meet that test I do not care where she or he was born.
I like the words of our Prime Minister: We are all one here. That should be our motto, whether at national or local level. Campaign with those words in mind and I will be happy.