Wellington eastern ward candidate Chris Calvi-Freeman found about 1000 of his leaflets in a recycling bin outside the home of the man in charge of delivering the pamphlets.
He was prompted to look in the bin after a canvas of friends in the area, and locals at bus stops, had him wondering if many of his 14,500 fliers had been delivered.
Calvi-Freeman said he had talked to friends and locals, and ascertained only about 50 percent of them had seen his leaflet, which should have been delivered last weekend.
He contacted printing and distribution company PMP Limited, and someone there told him they were confident all his fliers had been delivered.
“It dawned on me that today was recycling day. If the firm was saying they’d all been distributed, I thought, ‘let me look for a smoking gun’.
“There’s obviously not 14,000 in here, but there could be more in the house.”
The amount of pamphlets ordered was specifically enough to go around the homes in the Eastern ward, he said, so there should not be any leftover.
Both candidates denied it was a publicity stunt.
– Laura Dooney, Stuff