He says: ‘If I’m elected as Mayor, I’ll ensure Council takes a sensible and responsible approach to managing its finances. When we have nearly $10,000 worth of debt for every household in Kāpiti, we need to take a cautious and prudent approach to reducing it, rather than taking unnecessary, unaffordable, and speculative risks with your money.

‘Taken in light of the Council’s failed scheme to borrow another $30 million for an “investment fund” last year, a scheme that was defended by Mayor K. Gurunathan and only stopped thanks to community outcry and following the Auditor-General’s intervention, it’s clear we need fresh leadership at Kāpiti Coast District Council.’

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