You could be forgiven for thinking local government is a bit of a joke.
In 2013 Auckland had the worst voter turnout in the whole country – just 35 percent of people voted, 89 percent of them were over 70.
But the influence of local councils is wide-ranging, and important.
They determine things like:
when your local bar has to close,
whether you can park for free on your street;
how tall your neighbour can build their house;
the cost of public transport;
and where you can walk your dog.
That’s kind of a big deal.
Aucklanders also vote for local board members – they make decisions affecting your neighbourhood and pay for things like community events and local parks.
Council spending is paid for by your rates money – well that’s if you’re lucky enough to own a home. Did we mention the council has some influence in this too?
Regardless, it’s the city you live in so you should vote for someone who represents your views.
Once the voting papers have been sent out, Whaleoil will publish its picks for the Auckland mayoralty and boards. But a lot of it will be through gritted teeth.
– Brigitte Purcell Newshub