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The people have spoken

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, October 10th, 2022 - 147 comments

The people have spoken and with appallingly low turnout levels grumpy campaigns have succeeded and Auckland and other areas have moved to the right.

Local Government election results

Written By: - Date published: 1:52 pm, October 8th, 2022 - 256 comments

Live updates and discussion post

Own our future

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, October 6th, 2022 - 43 comments

This year’s Local Government election is reaching a critical stage.  And it is vital to get the right people elected.  Please make sure that your families and friends vote for progressive candidates.  Your kids and your grandkids futures depend on it.

What is Paul Eagle doing?

Written By: - Date published: 12:33 pm, September 22nd, 2022 - 17 comments

Some concerning reports have emerged about Paul Eagle’s mayoral campaign. This week there have been reports that he snubbed a Labour Council candidate while endorsing a right wing candidate.  And that he has been working behind the scenes supporting a team of independents.

Who will be Wellington’s next Mayor?

Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, August 23rd, 2022 - 24 comments

The Wellington Mayoralty is shaping up to be a contest between the incumbent Andy Foster, Labour candidate Paul Eagle who will be a direct challenge to Foster’s support base and Tory Whanau who is standing on a policy basis strong on sustainability including the construction of a comprehensive connected bike network.

Ending discrimination against Māori wards

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, February 14th, 2021 - 27 comments

The Government has introduced under urgency a bill that will change current law that allows for discriminatory attacks on the creation of Māori Wards.

Later climate change deniers

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 pm, October 15th, 2019 - 73 comments

The recent local government elections resulted in a number of people committed to addressing climate change being elected. And an apparent thinning of those who think that it is a hoax.

Online voting – no. Try polling booths

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, October 14th, 2019 - 42 comments

Amid calls to install online voting from the technologically illiterate who are appear to be unaware of the risks, there is clear disagreement from those who do know the risks. Politicians should listen to them. While postal voting is an expensive and failing system, online voting as a system is certain to be way worse. 

2019 local body election results

Written By: - Date published: 1:05 pm, October 12th, 2019 - 79 comments

Discussion post for live election results and turnout stats.

Will online voting solve the turnout problem

Written By: - Date published: 12:52 pm, October 8th, 2019 - 38 comments

Auckland Council voting returns are very low. But is the problem voter apathy or is our postal system not up to scratch? And will digital voting be a panacea?

Local government: who to vote for?

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, September 27th, 2019 - 1 comment

Resources for progressive voters, on candidates in the 2019 local body elections.

How to vote in STV

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, September 26th, 2019 - 21 comments

An example Single Transferable Vote ballot

It’s local voting time again, and more councils are using STV- while the Electoral Commission will tell you how to rank candidates, they won’t tell you how to vote effectively. Should you leave candidates off your list if you know what relative order they would go in?

Talk is cheap Tamihere

Written By: - Date published: 5:13 am, August 22nd, 2019 - 56 comments

I am really not a fan of political candidates bullshitting. John Tamihere – candidate for Auckland city Mayor, is this kind of blowhard. He is the epitome of the kind of fool who seems to keep his brain mounted right next to his testicles to inform his mouth what to say. He released a transport policy fantasy… I’ll vote for Goff.

Smells Like Stale Male Spirit

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, August 18th, 2019 - 92 comments

We live in a rich and diverse society but this is not reflected in our local government.

Southland and Thames think they don’t have climate crises

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, July 4th, 2019 - 163 comments

Regular Standard contributor Robert Guyton put up a great fight but has failed to persuade the dinosaurs on Environment Southland to declare a climate emergency.

Tamihere wants to privatise half of Watercare

Written By: - Date published: 8:33 am, July 3rd, 2019 - 98 comments

John Tamihere has caused jaws throughout the region to drop by proposing that half of Watercare is privatised.

What happened to one person one vote?

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, June 28th, 2019 - 34 comments

Did you know that under our local electoral system some people get more than one vote?

Tamihere has some strange friends

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, February 26th, 2019 - 20 comments

John Tamihere has been endorsed by Jordan Williams for Auckland’s mayoralty. And his campaign has commissioned the Taxpayers Union to do a cost cutting exercise.

Roastbusters redux

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, January 27th, 2019 - 92 comments

One of the Roastbusters this week has talked publicly about what happened in an apparent attempt to start a music career. And John Tamihere has started his Mayoral campaign having to answer questions about his attitude to what happened.

Simon who?

Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, November 22nd, 2018 - 43 comments

National MP Simon O’Connor is thinking of a tilt at Auckland’s mayoralty.

Auckland Council is investigating online voting

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, November 21st, 2018 - 63 comments

Auckland Council wishes to conduct a trial of online voting at next year’s local government elections. Is it time to try this out as a voting system?

RIP Penny Bright

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, October 5th, 2018 - 33 comments

Veteran Auckland political activist Penny Bright has died.

Modern Technology Is Eroding Our Society

Written By: - Date published: 11:12 pm, September 30th, 2018 - 52 comments

People are losing their people skills rapidly and it is having an effect on society.

The best you can hope for, after the Local Government elections

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, October 11th, 2016 - 55 comments

Now that the local government elections have been completed what is the best that local communities can expect of their elected representatives?

Local Government results good for Labour and terrible for National

Written By: - Date published: 11:18 am, October 9th, 2016 - 80 comments

In Auckland, Christchurch and in mayoral races throughout the country Labour and Progressives had a very good day while National and its proxies must be wondering what they did wrong.

Local Government election results

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 pm, October 8th, 2016 - 119 comments

A running post for people to comment on local government election results as they come in.

Expect results to come in from 1 pm.

Campaigning westie style …

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, October 6th, 2016 - 12 comments

The Matafai aiga from West Auckland show how to campaign.

Goff on foreign buyers; and Vote!

Written By: - Date published: 2:06 pm, October 3rd, 2016 - 5 comments

Ban them / tax them, but lets reduce demand. And make sure you get your vote in for local elections!

WMBAD: #PleaseNewZealand, get out and vote

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 30th, 2016 - 14 comments

Your voting papers may be terrifying, but you have to make them count.

Even more local body elections advice

Written By: - Date published: 6:09 pm, September 26th, 2016 - 13 comments

Since first posting Who should you vote for? a week ago I’ve been directed to even more endorsement lists and voting guides for local body candidates up and down the country. So if you still don’t know who to vote for, check them out.

Is Vic Crone racist?

Written By: - Date published: 10:51 am, September 22nd, 2016 - 198 comments

Vic Crone is trying to make a story out of the fact that Phil Goff is against foreign ownership of our housing stock, but accepted $250,000 from the NZ Chinese community at a fundraiser. Does she not see a difference between NZ Chinese and foreigners?

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