In 2011, Red Alert will do a few new things. One of them is to introduce you to some confirmed Labour electorate candidates who will do the occasional guest post.
This will give them the opportunity to put forward some ideas and you the opportunity to get a sense of who they are before the upcoming election.Today’s guest poster is David Clark, the confirmed candidate for Dunedin North.
I’m convinced that Dunedin is quite possibly the best little city in the world.
And in many ways, Dunedin is a microcosm of the New Zealand I love. Dunedin has big-city culture and a small-town friendly feel. It has quality amenities common in larger centres: film festivals, a lively arts scene, and coffee. And it has village charm: low crime-rates, a palpable lack of hubris and ‘Hi, how are ya?’ as you walk down the main street. It’s a city of learning surrounded by natural beauty.
And the things that make New Zealand great – our fantastic natural endowment, a fair and interesting society, and productive innovative businesses – must be preserved.
We’d like the egalitarian ethos, the easy-going feel, and a love of learning, to be givens. Yet increasing disparities in wealth and opportunity threaten these things.
My values are core Labour values. I believe in equal access to high-quality public services. Quality education and healthcare should be available to all – regardless of wealth or status. Innovation should be encouraged and wealth should be shared.
Thankfully I’ll be working with a Labour team that is presenting a vision of a better New Zealand. Perhaps one that’s a wee bit more like Dunedin.
Happy 2011 to all Red Alert readers.
David Clark is a former Ironman, has worked in factories and shops, has a PhD from Otago University, has spent time at the Treasury and served as a Presbyterian Minister. David has a young family and is Deputy Chair of the Otago Community Trust. He also runs a student hall of residence.
David was selected in September as the Labour candidate to contest the Dunedin North electorate seat in 2011. For a more detailed biography visit here