Binh Thanh Nguyen

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 )

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26 Candidates have signed the 2% Ratepayer Protection Pledge.

The list of candidates who have signed the Ratepayer Protection Pledge has been e-mailed to me by the the Auckland Ratepayers? Alliance. ?The pledge prevents those candidates from voting for any measures which increase the total average burden of rates, levies, and other compulsory Council charges, more than 2% per annum.

To date, 25 candidates have agreed to sign the pledge. Those who have agreed to keep levy or rate hikes under 2% include all Communities and Residents candidates, and four mayoral candidates.

Although Auckland Future candidates have confirmed that they will not be signing our pledge,?they insist that their own pledge achieves the same outcomes. Albany candidate Lisa Whyte said their pledge is ?complementary to yours? and that they are ?committed to the same values?.?Whilst disappointed Auckland Future candidates are not signing, we?anticipate them holding fast to their assurances that they will?limit annual rates increases?to an average of no more than 2% and honour their own pledge.

List of candidates who are on board:

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