Today the candidates have their last public meeting. This is scheduled for 7:30 pm tonight at the Christian Cullen Lounge, Addington Raceway, Christchurch.
TV3 is going to stream the speeches. Go to www.3news.co.nz at 7:45 pm if you want to watch.
The travelling tour has been mostly a positive uniting experience. New Zealand Council has made it clear that all candidates and their supporters should be on their best behaviour.
There have been a few unsavoury incidents involving social media and Duncan Garner. Can I urge everyone to keep it positive?
A recent Te Kareke Digipoll reported that when Maori voters were asked who would do the best job leading Labour into the next election 37% said Shane Jones, 22% said David Cunliffe and 8% said Grant Robertson. Amongst Labour Party supporters 39% said Shane Jones, 25% Cunliffe and 9% Robertson. Jones was considered by a vast majority to be by far the best candidate to represent Maori issues.
Shane Jones has now released a video which as far as I can tell is available on facebook only.
And David Cunliffe has released a third video.
Just to repeat the mantra about voting …
People entitled to attend the meetings include members, former members and new members who sign up at the door.
Media can attend but for the preliminaries and the speeches only.
If you are going you should get to the meeting early as there will be a vetting process and this could take some time. People should bring their membership cards or ortherwise photo ID so that they can be identified. Photos and social media can be taken and used during the open part of the meeting.
And a reminder that current members and those who have been financial members of the Party sometime between January 1 2011 and August 22 2013 but have not yet paid their membership for 2013 can renew their membership and vote, so long as they have done so before 12.00am on Friday 6 September. New members will not be able to vote.
If you were a member or have joined up again but have not received your papers you can chase this up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally for your vote to count you will have to list all candidates in preference. The second preferences of the third ranked candidate will then be distributed amongst the other candidates. There is an online voting option that works well and I recommend this.
And just in case anyone is not aware of this I am a supporter of David Cunliffe and a member of his LEC.