WHAT does Ross say?

IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE – VOTE ROSS MEURANT FOR MAYOR – 14 SEPTEMBER 2019

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For the past 10 years I have visited Gisborne twice monthly and together with local tradies have taken the Old Post Office from a derelict edifice with 4 tenants to a fully earthquake-compliant hub of commercial activity with 40 tenants. During this time, I have also watched Gisborne atrophy. It’s as if a handbrake has been applied. … Read More

IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE – VOTE ROSS MEURANT FOR MAYOR – 31 AUGUST 2019

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ENVIRONMENT! Now that’s a contentious topic, but as divisive as it can be, consistent with my approach to issues; I WILL NOT AVOID IT OR SIT ON THE FENCE.
A comprehensive contribution I made to environmental protection,…. Read More

IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE – VOTE ROSS MEURANT FOR MAYOR – 30 AUGUST 2019

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If there is one issue which keeps coming to the fore, as I make my way through the labyrinth of campaigning for the Mayoralty, it is the Eastland
Community Trust and its commercial arm, Eastland Group Limited. Overwhelmingly, feedback I receive delivers a strong message….. Read More

IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE – VOTE ROSS MEURANT FOR MAYOR – 28 AUGUST 2019

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I have made it clear that my focus as Mayor will be to GET GISBORNE MOVING. A core policy has been to improve transportation infrastructure including:
1. A second air carrier to Gisborne to provide competitive pricing and increase tourists…. Read More

IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE – VOTE ROSS MEURANT FOR MAYOR – 26 AUGUST 2019

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For the past 10 years, my association with Gisborne and the East Coast, has been as trustee and managing director of absentee Russianowned assets.
For the record, the $5 million the Russians have spent over this period, tending their forestry block and upgrading the Old Post Office… Read More

IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE – VOTE ROSS MEURANT FOR MAYOR – 21 AUGUST 2019

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They are the biggest earners for the district and their success filters through to the townies.
They need infrastructure which ensures competitive prices, to freight their products to market where their profit margin benefits.
Infrastructure is a local government obligation and a goal for me as Mayor… Read More

IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE – VOTE ROSS MEURANT FOR MAYOR – 21 AUGUST 2019

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The output, of farmers and growers, is the mainstay of this region. Farmers and horticulture deserve more support.
My quest is to deliver this with enhanced infrastructure in rail and access to the region…” Read More

Response to attack – 16 AUGUST 2019

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MAYORAL candidate Ross Meurant has responded to a reader posting on social media a New Zealand Herald article from 2002 about a court case involving an assault conviction.
The post was made in the comment section of the online Gisborne Herald story of his announcing his candidacy yesterday…” Read More

Candidate has a colourful history – 16 AUGUST 2019

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The contest to be Gisborne’s next mayor has heated up somewhat with the injection of former police officer (1966-87), Member of Parliament (1987-96), political lobbyist and businessman Ross Meurant into the race this week….” Read More

IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE – 16 AUGUST 2019

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“My pledge is to Get Gisborne Moving.”
It’s time for a change. Ross Meurant is not accepting any political donations.
“I am beholden to no special interest groups, no ‘club’, no individual…” Read More

I BIN THINKIN – 10 August 2019.

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  • Gisborne is a tourist and conference centre, paradise denied, by a monopolistic air travel provider and road access increasingly burdened by logging traffic that is with us indefinitely, and is only going to increase.
  • With a vision for the future, the cost of rail remedies to Hawkes Bay and Gisborne ports, pales in comparison to roading maintenance and upgrades.
  • There is no cost comparison when it comes to road safety and life.
  • The absence of a container facility port in Gisborne, compromises the economic returns of the horticulture industry. Extension of this port is a priority.
  • Rail access to Gisborne & Hawkes Bay ports, enhances road safety, improves access for tourism, benefits horticulture exporters and domestic providers, and ameliorates adverse environmental effects of trucking.

SOLUTIONS
To address these obstacles to future economic and commercial expansion of Tairawhiti industries, my goal would be to re-introduce a second air transport provider and reinstate the rail link to Hawkes Bay and Gisborne Ports and to expand Port Gisborne. Competition benefits the user!