I guess most of you have seen the hoardings and know it’s Local Council election time again. But do you know the voting day? How to vote ? The candidates standing in your area? Do you know what they believe?
Well, I’m a reasonably informed person, I live in Auckland and until this morning when I did a Google search I didn’t know the answer to any of the above questions.
So I did the following search : Auckland + Local Elections+ Candidates and found the following very helpful site:
You type in your address and it comes up with info about who is standing and statements from each of the candidates.
For me there was one instant surprise . As a result of billboard osmosis I had wrongly assumed there were only 2 candidates for Mayor of Auckland – Phil Goff and John Tamihere.
It turns out they are just the ones with lots of money for billboards. In fact there are 21 candidates for Mayor.
The site also supplied with me everything I needed to know
about voting which starts on Sept 20th and finishes October 12, 2019
Local Councils have a lot of power and influence over our daily lives.
I am not sure what each of the Councils will be doing to inform voters about each candidate but I certainly hope they are not going to leave it for individual voters like me to Google it.
Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.