Our whole family voted yesterday inside a Pre-Fab

More prefab classrooms are being parked in the grounds of many schools in Auckland which are bursting at the seams due to the surge in immigration of the past five years. Photo / File

It was a family affair as we drove to Silverdale Pak n Save to vote inside a Pre-fab, one of those terrible buildings that Jacinda Ardern says are no good for temporary accommodation but perfectly fine for classrooms.

Business was brisk even though it was a Friday afternoon and the staff were all efficient and helpful. The man outside the door who handed out stickers to those who had voted spoke to Cam. He had recognised him and told him that he read the blog and that he really enjoys it. He told us both to keep up the good work which is always a lovely thing to hear.

Our 19 year old had voted previously in our local body elections but this was her first general election. I directed both her and our 21-year-old son to complete the I Side With.com website questions in order to identify which party best suited their views. I was glad to see that they both got a different result because the last thing I want is children who are incapable of thinking for themselves and who blindly copy their parents.

Between the four of us, two parties gained a single party vote and one party gained two party votes.

The harder decision for our children was which electorate MP to vote for so they asked their father to help them decide. It was at that point that hilarity ensued and I sat back and watched the fun.

The candidates that the Whaleoil family had to choose from for their electorate vote

Cam started off with the Green candidate. This person he told our children was likely to be a smelly hippy. Our daughter then suggested that they would be the kind of person to use a soap stone rather than real soap. At this point, our son’s nose was already wrinkling in disgust so Cam moved on to another candidate.

Before Cam could say anything about the NZ First candidate I piped up and told them that NZ First wants to close down partnership schools. Since our son was my camera man and my daughter helped interview students at the three partnership schools that we visited for my series of articles on charter schools they both looked suitably horrified.

Cam then read out the Labour candidate’s name, Marja Lubeck. Both children then laughed. It could have been because of how he pronounced it or just the ludicrous idea of ever voting for a Labour candidate, I don’t know. Having said that, our kind hearted and generous son scored a little too high when he completed the political questionnaire with Labour coming in as his second choice. ( I know, I know, where did we go wrong?) It may have been because of his answer regarding nuclear power but you never know. Perhaps we have failed as parents ( just kidding).

The Act party didn’t field a candidate in Rodney so that option wasn’t available. As for the TOP candidate, Cam told them what he thought of rich men using political parties as their personal playthings and reminded them about what happened to both The Internet Party and the Conservative party. He then did a very funny impersonation of a man with a lisp and when the laughter died down he described National candidate Mark Mitchell to them. In a few words, he was summed up as an ex-soldier and an ex-hostage negotiator. The children had heard enough. Their dilemma was over.




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