LOCAL BODY ELECTIONS – WHERE ARE THE LEADERS?By Bianca Begovich
For me, a leader is someone who inspires and motivates. A leader is someone who does what they do, not for the recognition or the reward, but simply because it is right.
In my life, I have people that inspire me to be a better mother, to be a better environmentalist, to be more active in my community, to work harder and to appreciate more of the simple things in life.
I am active in my community. Over the years I have been involved in several community groups.
I have seen many people who give up their free time to make Kapiti a great place to be. I have seen countless individuals in similar groups throughout the region from tree-planting organisations, to youth support groups to people who simply help and mentor other members of our community.
The true leaders
For me, these are the true leaders of our Kapiti region.
As I bike around the District, I have watched with amusement as the local election billboards go up.
Who are these people? There are a mixture of names and faces. There are those incumbents who remain innocuous figures until they re-emerge at election time to remind you who they are.
There are those who stay in the public eye but seem to change their opinions more often than Oracle changes tack. There are the new names which no-one has ever heard of. And then there are the very few who have actually contributed to our community.
I am not going to use this forum to discuss the merits or otherwise of the people who have put their name forward for election. Anyone can Google the names of potential candidates or read about them in the local newspapers.
But what I will say is that it is difficult to find actual tangible goals for our community. I am not interested in rhetoric such as ‘community-building’ or ‘reduce debt’ or ‘supporting locals’.
What are you actually going to do?
I want to know what are you actually going to do for the community and how are you going to do it?
I’d also like to point out that several potential candidates have recently shown up at some of the groups that I am involved in. While I appreciate that they may be genuinely interested in the causes, I have to ask – where have you been for the last three years?
For me, there is only a select group that will be getting my vote this year. They are the ones that I have seen out in the community cleaning up our beaches or supporting community fundraisers or helping local businesses or attending community meetings and events.
They are the people who have shown up and stood up for Kapiti, not because they are paid to or because they are hoping to gain a political seat, but because it is the very core of who they are and what they believe in.