An independent candidate will join familiar faces at a Meet the Candidates Forum at the Wellsford RSA on August 13 at 7pm.
Mahurangi East resident David Ford says the time is right to have a number of independents in Parliament to relentlessly push for a “healed future”, rather than having a party whip insisting on the “narrow backward looking ideologies of their party line”.
Mr Ford says he wants to stand in Kaipara ki Mahurangi for “our solar future and our great, great grandchildren’s right to thrive on an intact, healed planet”.
He says New Zealanders face two existential threats – extreme weather events and the long-term economic and social consequences of Covid-19. He says in confronting these challenges, it’s time for Kiwis to heal, lead and shine.
Mr Ford describes himself as 68 years young with 47 years of experience in entrepreneurship, business and the healing arts, including oriental medicine and acupuncture.
Mr Ford will be joined at the candidates forum by other Kaipara ki Mahurangi candidates – Beth Houlbrooke (ACT), Marja Lubeck (Labour), Callan Neylon (Social Credit) and Chris Penk (National). More candidates are likely to be confirmed closer to the event.
The forum is hosted by the Landowners and Contractors Protection Association (LCPA) and will be chaired by LCPA chair Brian Mason.