Mayoral brothers to clash in debate

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YVONNE O’HARA

yvonne.ohara@alliedpress.co.nz

A mayoral debate between the brothers Cadogan and their teams is expected to provide a hilarious evening for Roxburgh residents as well as raise money for the Teviot Valley Rest Home.

Brothers Tim Cadogan, who is mayor of Central Otago, and Bryan Cadogan, mayor of the Clutha district, and their teams will be arguing whether “blood is thicker than water”.

The debate, along with a silent auction of 12 items, is to be held at the Roxburgh Town Hall on March 16.

Teviot Valley Rest Home governing committee chairman Alex Gordon said interest had been high in the event.

“It is more about entertainment and a lot of it is being able to think on your feet,” Mr Gordon said.

The money raised from the debate will go towards the second stage of the rest-home’s development, which includes a new wing with five additional bedrooms and en suite bathrooms, plus another lounge.

“We have got a waiting list and have been 100% full for the past 12 months,” he said.

“We can’t even offer respite services as we used to as we don’t have a spare bed.”

Construction for the first stage of the development, which includes a driveway and covered entrance, begins next week.

Stage one cost about $140,000, with about $87,000 donated by the Central Lakes Trust.

The balance was raised through fundraising and other donations.

stage would cost about $1.4 million and they hoped to begin work in 12 to 18 months. Mayor Tim’s team includes former MP and regional councillor Gerry Eckhoff, and Teviot farmer and resident Janet McDonald.

He has been working on his tactics and promised a “guerrilla attack”.

“I will be arguing the negative,” Tim said.

“It should be an absolute hoot.

“I will see if he [Bryan] behaves or not and that will influence me [on the night]”, Mr Cadogan said.

“It will probably be no holds barred.

“It is one neither of us would like to lose and we were fiercely competitive as kids and we both enjoy a good laugh.

“I would suggest it is going to be quite a popular event.”

He said they were both pleased to be raising funds for the rest-home, which was a ‘very important Teviot Valley institution”.

Mayor Bryan’s team will also have Island Block farmer Glen Perkins and teacher Barbara Cowley, who used to work in Roxburgh but now teaches in Balclutha.

The adjudicator is Dave Ramsay, of Alexandra.

The auction offerings include a wooden wheelbarrow Mr Gordon made from recycled rimu and macrocarpa a couple of weeks ago.

Other donated items include an e-bike, artwork, meat packs, garage services and an accommodation package in Wanaka.

“There will also be an auction of naming rights to one of the new bedrooms,” Mr Gordon said.

“Ticket sales are starting to heat up.”

Tickets are available from Pinder Motors Post Agency, email shellrox@xtra.co.nz or phone 027 4468-694.