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I want to help build a stronger, more caring society. I am passionate about Dunedin, and I bring considerable energy and wide experience to the task of representing this electorate.

My diverse work background has given me an understanding of the economic and social levers that can be pulled to achieve meaningful change.

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- David Clark

#BostonStrong

I hadn’t counted on this experience during my Eisenhower Fellowship USA study visit.

Along with residents of neighbouring suburbs, I spent 10 hours in ‘lockdown’ in Cambridge Massachusetts while police hunted nearby for the second bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

After flying into Boston late Thursday evening, I woke to news I was not to leave my hotel. It was towards the centre of a search area. 

Stay indoors instruction BostonCoffee and TV screens at buffet breakfast

The day’s meetings were cancelled. I spent the day tracking local TV and social media, drinking coffee and and catching up on correspondence.

Roughly an hour after the ‘lockdown’ instruction was lifted, Tsarnaev was located in a boat parked in a Watertown backyard a few kilometres away. By that time, I was out walking the eerily quiet streets.  The only thing that punctuated the silence were sirens of speeding police cars heading (Twitter told me minutes later) toward that boat. 

Police speed to suspect in boat through empty streetsBoston Municipal Buildings half mast and Police drive pastPublic transport resumes in quiet city BostonStreets begin to come alive Boston

There are many affected both directly and indirectly by events, many shocked that terror and its aftermath could happen so close to home. I attended a Church service at the First Congregationalist Church in Cambridge this morning. The preacher offered ‘space away from the glare of media’ for reflection and prayer. The prayers named parish members who knew the suspects, who worked in the hospitals, who lived in nearby streets. Some wept in the pews and gasped audibly as prayers were offered too for the suspects and their families.

First Church Congregationalist United Church BostonBoston Free Hugs

Walking into town after the Church service students offered free hugs to passers by.  Shop windows and placards everywhere carry the moniker #BostonStrong.  The town is slowly coming to life. 

Boston Strong

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