A newbie voter’s take on Auckland’s local body elections

Q:  What is your first impression of the process?

Answer:  I understood ticking the person you want but having to rate them I found slightly annoying. What is the point of the ranking system anyway? Why can’t you just pick the people you want? When I was at high school we had to rank our preferences for  extra subjects like woodwork. It always resulted in me being enrolled in classes that I didn’t really want because you don’t always get your first pick.

Q:   How did you decide who to vote for?

A:  If someone mainly talked about themselves and their qualifications rather than what they were going to do I dismissed them immediately. The whole point is what they are going to do. I am not interested in their qualifications, what school they went to or what experience they have. I want to know what they are going to fix and/or change.  If they associate with the unions and think that Cuba’s socialist revolution is good (nobody likes Cuba ) then just no. Also if they are a Pisces ( Vic Crone )

Q:  What was the source of information on which you based your decisions?

A: The instructions and candidate information booklet issued by the Auckland Council.  I made a judgement based on my own preferences but I also discussed it with family  because they have been voting longer than I have and they know more about some of these people than I do.



Q:  If you don’t mind me asking who did you choose for Mayor  and why?

A:  I narrowed the candidates down to four people. Mario Alupis,  Adam John Holland,Binh Thanh Nguyen and John Palino.

One of the reasons why I considered Mario Alupis is because  he explained what he is going to do and how he was going to fix things. The way it was phrased it sounded like he had written it himself rather than have someone else write it for him.

With Adam John Holland,  there was no photo or statement supplied, which unlike the others didn’t make him look like a twat. A lot of the other candidates have unflattering photos  and the statements make them look stupid.  For example one candidate talked mainly about abortion which has nothing to do with local body politics.  I considered Adam Holland simply because he had done nothing to make himself look bad.

Binh Thanh Nguyen. I like the fact that he’s taking advantage of the fact that Auckland is a coastal city and that he wants to  use tidal energy to power the city.  Also I liked his managing  immigration policy.

John Palino. The first time I read through his statement it looked like it had been written in the third person. I read it through a second time and realised that he probably had someone write it for him.  I liked his policies on having a sensible council and making the politicians transparent,which is good because in the past we have had a lot of stupid politicians, for example, Pants down Brown.

In the end I selected Binh Thanh Nguyen  because out of all of them I think he had the best policies plus I really liked the tidal power thing.

Q: Did you have any problems understanding how to vote?

A:  In the booklet they used the same colour for two different districts. There were two people I wanted to vote for but I couldn’t because they were in the wrong district. I got confused when I looked at the voting paper and their names weren’t there.

Q: Why did you take the time to vote?

A:  I don’t really care about it I just wanted to get it over and done with. In truth I don’t really like politicians. I did it just to get out of schoolwork.

Q; Anything else you would like to add about the experience?

A: Some of the pictures people used were ridiculous. One guy looks as though he’s in pain, as if someone has grabbed him by the testicles. One guy looks like a meme. Another if you put a fedora and a neck beard on him on him would look like a Brony. A couple of photos look like they were taken in the 70s. Another guys photo  had an expression as though he didn’t give a shit. One guy looked like he was the second doctor Who,  another looked like Mark Zuckerberg. A special mention for Max Abbott’s statement which took up two whole pages and was mainly a conflict of interest statement.  All I can say is TLDR.

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