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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London votes for its first Muslim mayor


Sadiq Khan has been elected London’s first Muslim mayor, seeing off a Conservative challenger who attempted to link him to extremism and securing a much-needed victory for his opposition Labour Party.

Khan, the 45-year-old who grew up in public housing in inner city London and is the son of a bus driver, beat Conservative Zac Goldsmith (41), the son of a billionaire financier. […] Read more »


Colin Craig’s new Mayoral campaign song leaked

Mr Inbetween

Mr Inbetween

“Accentuate The Positive”

You’ve got to accentuate the positive ( It was inappropriate behaviour not sexual harassment )
eliminate the negative ( Sue Stringer, Williams and Slater for 1.5 Million dollars )
Latch on to the affirmative ( Mr X asked me to run for Mayor )
But don’t mess with mister inbetween ( Did you hear me boys? I really mean it this time )

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Political Doppelgangers

Elizabeth McCombs 1933

Elizabeth McCombs 1933

Helen Clark

Helen Clark

Seriously folks I’m starting to think that time travel exists. It’s either that or she is a vampire.

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Photo Of The Day

Gold Coast Bulletin reporter Jack Houghton tried out the open-air urinals and wasn?t a fan.

Gold Coast Bulletin reporter Jack Houghton tried out the open-air urinals and wasn?t a fan.

Controversial Open-Air Urinals Installed In The Centre Of Surfers Paradise May Be Flushed Away

The Gold Coast City Council is set to dump the facilities within a week.

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Face of the day

Len Brown

Len Brown

Auckland mayor Len Brown has traded verbal blows in a heated debate over how the council is making decisions about rates and financial matters.

Former Auckland City mayor Chris Fletcher has accused him of rushing through decisions without adequate information and proper procedure.

An angry Len Brown has shouted down Councillor Fletcher, saying he’s had enough of her ‘baseless’ accusations over the past four years.

He says the decisions have to be made, the information has been adequate, and no one will be entirely satisfied by the process.

It’s the latest in a string of angry outbursts from the mayor, who’s faced repeated challenges about spending plans during a two-day meeting.

On several occasions, he’s lost his temper at left and right wing councillors who have criticised proposed plans for transport and stadiums.


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Face of the day + Perverse Poetry competition

Mayor Len Brown

Mayor Len Brown


First, the press release announcing the scheme came out only a fortnight before the application deadline. As the winning proposal has to be about living in Auckland that didn’t give applicants much time to think up a suitable, fit-for-purpose idea.

Second, Mayor Len Brown says: “Let’s write about our place with passion and love.” Why the fervour? Is the funding from the council’s marketing budget? Or is the (as yet unselected) panel to ignore the mayor’s pronouncements when judging the proposals for his grant?

And here’s the kicker: the grant winner will be notified in December but will not get the $12,000 until the work is written (they have until next June). Presumably, until then, they live off their credit cards or write only in rare moments snatched between jobs.

It’s unclear who gets to decide if the writer’s results are a “tangible work” in the end, and worthy of payment (no minimum word count is stipulated). Is overt civic passion necessary? Baxter would have had trouble; he compared Auckland with the back-end of an elephant “surrounded with blue-black haemorrhoids“. No wonder he never got paid. Where’s the crowd-funding project for perverse poetry? I’d contribute.

– NZ Herald

As Mayor Len Brown has come up with a Mayoral writing grant I feel inspired to suggest a Perverse Poetry competition about Auckland.

I am sure Whaleoilers can come up with some poems or even limericks to describe how we feel about Auckland under Pants Down Brown.

Definition of: Perverse

Standard Definition
[adj] marked by immorality; deviating from what is considered right or proper or good; “depraved criminals”; “a perverted sense of loyalty”; “the reprobate conduct of a gambling aristocrat”
[adj] resistant to guidance or discipline; “Mary Mary quite contrary”; “an obstinate child with a violent temper”; “a perverse mood”; “wayward behavior”
[adj] marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict; “took perverse satisfaction in foiling her plans”
contrary, corrupt, depraved, disobedient, immoral, negative, obstinate, perverted, reprobate, wayward



Here is my contribution :

Affair with Council employee

Unacceptable behaviour

Censure of Auckland Mayor

Kleenex tissues

Len Brown

Adventures of a sexual nature

Ngati Whatua room

Doesn’t resign

Face of the day

John Campbell is face of the day for actually sticking it to David Cunliffe on Campbell Live last night.

John Campbell

John Campbell

After his appalling cuddle fest with Len Brown my hopes were not high. Len Brown practically was offered a hanky by Campbell who was oozing sympathy for the Mayor who had sex with his mistress ( who he provided a reference for ) on council time, in council rooms and on a council funded phone. He spoke to him in a soft, gentle voice and at no time pushed him hard for answers.

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I bet Len Brown feels lucky he isn’t a mayor in France


A tiny French village has been rocked by the news that its recently elected mayor has been castrated and killed by a jealous love rival who accused him of having an affair with his wife.

Well, who can blame a man for getting upset?when the mayor is showing?his?wife the ins and outs of local government.

The barbaric killing of Dominque Leboucher, 55, has been greeted with horror in the small Normandy village of Bretteville-le-Rabet, 10 miles south of Caen.

Mr Leboucher’s mutilated body was found lying in a pool of blood at his home close to the town hall, where he had been based since being elected mayor in March this year.

Isn’t Len Brown lucky that Luigi Wewege wasn’t that jealous over Bevan Chuang being used as a Ngati Whatua meeting table polishing cloth?

Mr Leboucher is said to have been having an affair with the wife of another villager, who got hold of a knife and attacked the mayor at his home.

The murderer then ran into a nearby field and committed suicide, a source close to the criminal enquiry said.

Mr Leboucher first worked in insurance sales before becoming a councillor in 2001.

He took up the post of deputy mayor of Bretteville-le-Rabet in 2008, and was became mayor himself in municipal elections in March.

His election slogan had been: ‘For a happy village to live in, where everybody feels good.’

Just like Len.

He’s here to ‘serve’ all of us.

One thing you do have to admire him for: ?you wouldn’t find Len doing any Asian bashing.

Dutch journalist interviews Mayor. Briefly