You must vote, says Brigitte


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

  • sheppy

    This round of elections in Auckland does seem totally pointless. From where I’m sat the choices are between people that won’t get in and people that will force extra congestion, eye watering wastage and tax hikes upon us.

    • MrHippo

      Sounds like you are talking about the KLB. Some real shockers there. The failed labour candidate for the Northcote electorate is just one such candidate…

  • Jp

    well that’s if you’re lucky enough to own a home

    Didn’t think luck had anything to do with it. – Hard work and sacrifice more like it

  • waldopepper

    i ignore anything that ends in the word “newshub” im afraid. i dont have time for tales of fiction.

  • Mick Ie

    This upcoming election presents me with options I don’t want and other options I want even less.

    • RoboRob

      Im in Christchurch. We get the choice of Loopy Dalziel or Insane Minto! I almost want to vote for the third party candidate, whos policy is around UFOs and world government conspiracies but fear enough other people might vote that way that he might win.

      I now understand how people in the US must feel with the choice or dodgy Hillary or ‘perhaps’ crazy Donald.

  • Sailor Sam

    Here in Matamata-Piako we have 3 wards, Te Aroha, Morrinsville and Matamata.
    The well liked and respected incumbent mayor is re-elected unopposed.
    Te Aroha, Morrinsville wards also no need for an election, just enough councillor nominations to fill all councillor slots.
    Only in the Matamata ward are there 5 candidates for 4 councillor slots.
    Obviously everybody here is happy with the local district council, I know I am.

    • Minnie Mouse

      How often does this occur I’m wondering? Obviously the Matamata-Piako district is doing well and no need for change. Good work Mayor and

  • It is also worth pointing out that “89 percent of them were over 70” is incorrect. It should read, 89% of those over the age of 70 voted.

    • Neil

      I thought the maths of that fact didnt work. Still, who cares about being accurate……the public are idiots in the eyes of the media…..and vice versa

  • Ghost

    Why should you vote for a face on a bill board, some times accompanied with a meaningless slogan? For national elections, you have a fair idea on who you are voting in, what they will try to accomplish, a party affiliation etc, its a reasonably easy process to figure this out. But now we must vote for Joe Nobody, “for the future of …..”. That I believe is the biggest reason for low voter turn out. Who are these numpty’s what have the actually achieved, what do they actually believe in, how are you ever supposed to know.

    • Forrest Ranger

      You could go to one of their public meetings or simply pick up the phone and ask them what their position is on issues that you are concerned about.
      Alternatively, you could read their websites or social media pages. Plus if you know a candidate is aligned with a particular group such as Auckland Future you know they are likely to be a right leaning candidate – if that is what you prefer..

    • XCIA

      You may not even recognise the person in real life considering how the depictions on the bill boards are photo-shopped these days.

  • Doc45

    The left have deliberately fostered the complicating of local body business so that hard working, entrepreneurial business people with ability and experience would not be able to find the time or be bothered with the trivia and endless meetings. Most of the candidates in my area I wouldn’t vote onto kindergarten board.

    • biscuit barrel

      I agree , it seems huge amounts of time are spent on the new carpet for the library or a new toilet block and yet major decisions are waved through on experts say so. They should have rules for what will have maximum of half hour of their time and what should be taking 6 months of various meetings and reports to go with it.
      Golden rule, if you cant decide it the allocated time frame, dont do it.

  • Isherman

    “You should vote for someone who represents your views” – and we in the media are only too happy to help you decide who we think that should be.

  • Steely Man

    I am standing for a position on a District Health Board and have been door knocking in recent times. Nevertheless there is no chance in a million that I am going to be able to speak to over 100 000 voters. Voters need to take some responsibility for attending meetings, reading flyers, or even emailing or phoning the candidate on particular issues. Blaming candidates for not speaking to you personally is a bit rich.