Fiona Meyer is the New Conservative candidate for Southland.
“I want the voice of the people to be heard at the highest levels.”
Fiona is a wife, mother and grandmother. She and her husband Grant have four daughters and sons-in-law, and have ten lovely grandchildren. Fiona grew up in Richmond, Nelson, and has many fond memories of summer holidays spent at Rabbit Island or Tahuna Beach.
After two years living in Indonesia, during the political turmoil near the end of President Suharto’s rule, Southland offered great stability to Fiona and her family. She and Grant have now lived in Invercargill for over 20 years. Fiona worked as a secondary school Maths teacher, and also helped with Southland girls’ cricket for several years. She also co-ordinated World Vision fundraising efforts with students over many years.
Fiona believes that in a democracy, we need to respect and listen to all sides. We must debate issues openly, robustly and transparently. We must challenge the notion that the government knows best, and we must address the problem of non-binding referendums being ignored.
Southland has seen the downgrading of the Lumsden Maternity Centre. The voices of local families and midwives were not listened to. This should not have happened. We need to apply common sense to situations that affect people’s lives. Decisions need to be made for the greater good of society, not solely to meet a fiscal imperative. The voices of expert midwives need to be listened to when dealing with the subject of childbirth. The voices of experts in our hospitals need to be listened to, and we let them guide the decision-making for better healthcare in the future. The same needs to be done for our expert palliative care specialists when it comes to providing options for people who are near the ends of their lives. And our expert youth counsellors need to be listened to when it comes to the suggested changes to cannabis laws.
We also need to support our small businesses and rural sector in order to lead the Southern economy out of recession.
In sum, we need to value practical experience, and say “no thanks” to parliaments being made up only of career politicians.
Fiona acknowledges that families are the fundamental unit of society. They need to be nurtured, especially in times of stress. She also shares New Conservative’s perspective that all life is important, irrespective of one’s mental or physical health or need to depend on others.
Southland voters are encouraged to give their party vote to New Conservative and their electorate vote to Fiona Meyer.