Correct. First Past the Post is the problem. Just as it recently gave 100% of the seats on the AECT to C&R, it allowed many Council members to be elected with barely a 1/3rd of the votes cast….in both 2010 and 2013.
I looked at this at the time. http://goo.gl/m4pWhX and again 2013.
I posted about it pretty much everywhere I could think of, including here, but there wasn’t much interest the fact that well over 50% of votes cast didn’t elect anyone at all (over 62% in 2010).
Are you in Auckland, Steve?
Brewer isn't running again, last I heard.
I'd be interested in campaigning for a change to STV for Auckland Council.
The last two elections saw more than 50% of the votes cast elect no one at all.
2010 result analysis: http://goo.gl/m4pWhX
2013 result analysis: http://goo.gl/RiO8OJ
The last election saw two wards not vote as not one person stood against the incumbents.
I'll vote to change the flag. The proposed one is basically the same as the current one, except the Union Jack is swapped out and replaced by the black and white fern.
I'm for it.
Did I hear the news right yesterday? Dick Quax did his prunes at the Council meeting and walked out because he couldn’t add a NIMBY-driven zoning item to the agenda?
Quax was elected by acclamation last time. That’s a disgrace. I’ll run against him next year just to force the vote if no one else does.
I thought it ethically interesting she was appointed to the Board of Contact Energy – at $126,000/annum – a week before announcing her campaign.
Hard not to see that is a defacto campaign contribution from a crony bloc. What are the names of the people involved in that decision? It would be good to know. I wonder how Contact’s power customers / shareholders feel about paying for her to run for mayor of Auckland?
OK…Goff has a Parliamentary pension after 30+ years of service to the people of NZ. Hardly the same thing…..but some people don’t seem to be able to tell the difference. I wouldn’t trust them with anything important.
I give Muldoon credit for caring about people. Unfortunately his tactics left a lot to be desired. Looking back, I’m sorry I voted for neo-liberals in 1984 and ’87. Starting in 1990, I never made that mistake again.
Some of us still hold to this.
I'm still trying to work it why this government having a surplus meant there was enough money for a flag referendum, but not enough money for Pharmac to fund life-saving melanoma treatments.
Something deeply messed up in that. They just don't care.