The best-kept secret on the Kapiti Coast is outed today — Councillor K Gurunathan, popularly known as Guru, has apparently thrown his hat in the ring for the Kapiti mayoralty.
But he has still made no direct statement.
Instead, he’s taken a full-page ad in colour in the Kapiti News, signed ‘Guru: the People’s choice,’ giving his views on the Kapiti Expressway.In his first term as a Councillor, Guru has distinguished himself from the pack by taking an independent line on some controversial issues — water meters, a ramp for disabled at the new swimming pool, and the new coastal erosion policy. And he’s clashed with Mayor Jenny Rowan on numerous occasions.
Expressway ‘set to steamroll’
In his full-page colour advertisement, Cr Gurunathan says the Expressway is ‘set to steamroll through the district.’
‘Any chance of stopping it has largely evaporated. The challenge, however, is to leverage immediate benefits from the construction.’
He then lists various ways in which he thinks the district can benefit from the Expressway project — including increased employment, local training, orders for local quarries, and increased real estate activity.
And he concludes with his answers to the question:’ What should be done?’
Various contenders for Mayoralty
Sitting Mayor Jenny Rowan (two terms already) has already announced she will stand again .
And another Councillor, Ross Church — who challenged unsuccessfully for the mayoralty in 2010, has said he’ll stand again.
There’s also a complete outsider, British migrant Gavin Welsh, a former soldier in the Household Cavalry.
Meanwhile, former mayoral candidate Chris Turver said recently it was ‘far too early’ to decide whether he would stand for the district or Greater Wellington Regional Council.
“Until we’re quite clear on what the proposals are for regionalisation, anybody putting their hat in the ring is too premature,” he said.
Former Hutt mayor David Ogden signalled last year he would stand for the mayoralty, but recently was more circumspect and not willing to confirm a run.