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Sep 07

Auckland Local Elections: My Voting Options

6th October 2010 – Vote Today!  Today is the last day to send back your voting papers.  Most mailboxes (in my experience) are cleared by 5pm, so make sure you get them in before then.

There also turns out to be some other voting options, you can deliver your papers in person to:

The Electoral Office Level 8, 92 Albert Street, Auckland
Franklin District Council 82 Manukau Road, Pukekohe
Manukau City Council 31-33 Wiri Station Road, Manukau
North Shore City Council Level 3, 1 The Strand, Takapuna
Papakura District Council 35 Coles Crescent, Papakura
Rodney District Council Centreway Road, Orewa
Waitakere City Council 6 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson

Or on the day (Saturday) you can hand in your papers to the public libraries.  So no excuses.

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I’m going to take a moment to be particularly geo/ego-centric and talk about my voting options in the upcoming local body elections in Auckland (9th October).

I live in Hillcrest, North Shore.  This puts me in the North Shore Ward and the Kaipatiki Local Board.  (To find this information for yourself, hit this page (if you live in an ‘a’ house (or ‘ b’ or ‘c’) then you will need to start your address with a number e.g. 2 41 Smith’s Street)).

North Shore Ward

The candidates for the North Shore Ward are (two will be elected):

Steve Ashby (no web presence)
Mary-Anne Benson-Cooper (no web presence)
Joel Cayford (North Shore & ARC Councillor, described below)
Chris Darby (North Shore City Councillor, Standing for ShoreVoice)
Harry Fong (no web presence)
Grant Gillon (Councillor, MP etc, has a strong web presence but a horrible website)
Ann Hartley (ex Mayor, ex Labour MP)
Vivienne Keohane (Councillor. Says “I oppose Grandiose plans for Auckland.  I support another Harbour Crossing…” something comes to mind about cake and eating it.)
Ken McKay (no web presence)
Jan O’Connor (current Councillor, is listed on google as an Andrew Williams supporter…)
Christine Rankin (Is arguably the most famous of these names, but struggles to get her policies up front (in fact I couldn’t find a site for her campaign)
George Wood (ex-Mayor of North Shore)

As I typed that list out, I was surprised by the number of strong candidates.  In fact, one could argue, that it’s a stronger list than the mayoral list.

I’m not really supposed to express any favouritism towards any candidates, but I feel so strongly towards one of them, Joel Cayford that I can’t help it.  In my penultimate year at school (6th form certificate at the time) I had to do a geography project on the topic of the North Shore Wastewater Treatment system.  I was supposed to interview someone, but instead I emailed a list of questions to Joel who was a North Shore City Councillor at the time.  To my surprise he responded in detail and I was able to use the material successfully in my project.  That’s the sort of thing that tells you a lot about a person and he’ll have my vote whenever he wants it in the future.

There are a bunch of other big names in there; Ann Hartley (ex-Labour MP and North Shore Mayor), Christine Rankin and George Wood (another ex North Shore Mayor).

Kaipatiki Local Board

These are the candidates for my local board (eight will be elected):

Alan Spilhaus
Vivienne Keohane
Steve Ashby
Harry Fong
Grant Gillon
Ann Hartley
Martin Lawes
David Thornton
Gary Thornton
Jennifer Yorke
John Gillon
Keith Salmon
Lindsay Waugh
Chris Marshall
Nigel Armstrong
Trevor Courtier
James Doleman
Richard Hills
Barry Holton
Nick Kearney
Chris Waterman

Again, this looks like a strong list, with a bit of spillover from the list above.  Some names certainly jump out at me, but you might have to talk to me offline to get my views on who to vote for.

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