The Greens should find out what went on in Hawkes Bay

The Greens are having a sook about voter turn out, but one part of the country turned out in high numbers. Hawkes Bay got people out, so the Greens should ask why.

Voting in Hawke’s Bay council elections was up from last time as residents had their say on how they want their local authorities to be run.

This is in contrast to overall turn-out in local authority elections across New Zealand. Figures show the turnout is likely to be lower than 2010’s 49.4 per cent, with an anticipated turn-out of eligible voters between 42 and 44 per cent. 

And on the face of it it looks like the third party campaign to unseat ratbag councillors on the Hawkes Bay Regional Council has been successful.

On updated figures made available early last night, 19,834 voting papers had been returned, which compared with 18,464 in 2010, a 2007 return of 18,422, and the 18,596 at the 2004 election.

The latest figures meant a 47.24 per cent vote, heading also for the biggest percentage turnout in Napier since the 55.59 per cent in 2001.

I’d say that there will be ructions in the Hawkes Bay, and the Ruataniwha dam is a dead duck as a result of the elections.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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