I attended the Hobson Ward Indicative Selection meeting of Citizens and Ratepayers last night.
It is called an indiciative selection because the constitution and rules of Citizens and Ratepayers vest selection in the Executive but with input from members in the form of an indiciative selection.
There were six nominees, Aaron Bhatnagar, Ken Baguley, Stephen Goodman, Julie Chapman, Paul Goldsmith and Megan Jaffe. Megan pulled at the last minute. Speaking positions were selected by drawing numbers and Stephen Goodman went first.
He presented his impeccable family connections with Auckland and local body politics, but was somewhat hesitant in his delivery and stumbled a couple of times. He was followed by Julie Chapman who spoke confidently from notes and she covered what she had done, it was somewhat a me, me, me speech, but I guess that is politics. Aaron Bhatnagar followed her an spoke confidently. It was clear from the reaction of the 60 or so people in attendance that Aaron was very popular. He elicted the best laugh with a classic joke, he said;
[quote]the current council couldn't run a bath, and even if they did manage that they would find that Bruce Hucker had stolen the plug"[/quote]
Aaron was strong and confident and covered the things that he had been doing in Hobson despite not being a current councillor. Goldsmith was the last live speaker and delivered a very good speech. I thought he was very intelligent and thoughtful. The last candidate couldn't be there in person so instead had sent in a video recording of his speech which was played. Ken Baguley had prepared the video with the attendence of the President of Citizens and Ratepayer and the Campaign Manager to ensure strict time keeping and the correct format so as not to prejudice the integrity if the indicative selection. Ken got the second best laugh from the audience despite not being there in person.
After voting we were treated to an expose of the Council, the bias of the media, in particular Bernard Orsman, and the woeful state of the Auckland City finances by Toni Millar, current C&R councillor.
The results of the indicative selection were the selection of three candidates for forwarding to the executive for consideration. those successful were Aaron Bhanagar, Ken Baguley and Chapman.