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It’s official – it’s time to vote

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The voting period for the 2019 local government elections is officially underway and the Regional Council is encouraging people to help shape our region’s future by voting.

If you are enrolled to vote you will receive your voting papers in the post between Friday, September 20 and Wednesday, September 25 2019. The voting period closes on Saturday, October 12 at 12 noon.

This is your chance to have your say about who you would like to represent you when making decisions for our region over the next three years.

Those elected to the regional council will make decisions on a range of matters including public transport, your regional parks, water quality, biodiversity, and how the community’s rates should be spent to achieve a sustainable region.

It is important to remember the regional council is running under a Single-Transferable Vote (STV) system for the 2019 elections. STV is where voters rank candidates numerically in order of preference. For more information on STV, head to http://www.gw.govt.nz/how-do-i-vote/

All you have to do is complete your voting form and send it back to the electoral officer using the pre-paid envelope provided.

We encourage you to post your voting papers before Tuesday, October 8 to ensure they are received by the electoral officer by 12noon, Saturday, October 12 2019. Alternatively, you can drop off your completed voting papers at your local city or district council; we recommend that you contact your local city or district council for drop-off locations.

Thhere are 45 candidates standing for 13 seats across six regional council constituencies. For more information on candidates visit http://www.gw.govt.nz/candidates-2019/

If you are unsure whether you are enrolled or whether your details are correct, you can go to www.vote.nz

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  1. Madeleine Simpson, 21. September 2019, 5:46

    Scrap the GWRC!
    I don’t have any candidates who reflect or represent my interests as a ratepayer and resident, so I can’t vote.
    I also don’t have the ” no confidence” option that is needed on the ballot.

  2. Henry Filth, 21. September 2019, 17:13

    Then I suggest that you stand for election to the GWRC, Madeleine. That should help. . .

  3. Madeleine Simpson, 24. September 2019, 7:43

    I’m for scrapping the GWRC so if one was of integrity one wouldn’t do a flip flop and stand for it.

  4. Mike Mellor, 24. September 2019, 12:21

    “I don’t have any candidates who reflect or represent my interests as a ratepayer and resident, so I can’t vote” – while the first half of that statement may be true (though it’s a bit hard to grasp that not one of the multitude of GWRC candidates reflects or represents your interests, at least in some small way), the second part is not. Choosing not to vote is very different from not being able to vote.

  5. Roy Kutel, 24. September 2019, 14:14

    I just put a cross through the Regional Council bit on my voting paper and scrawled “Abolish GWRC”. It felt good! Try it yourselves!

  6. Graham Atkinson, 24. September 2019, 14:51

    Madeleine there are good precedents for standing for election when intending to abolish the organisation – Bob Owens stood for Mayor of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui on that platform (and won both) and of course Sid Holland stacked the Legislative Council with members who then voted to abolish the Council.

    If you abolish the Regional Council you run the real risk of finishing up in the same boat as Auckland with all sorts of appointed boards with no need to be responsive to local concerns. (Neither the Mayor of Auckland nor the Auckland Council can influence Ports of Auckland or Auckland Transport).

  7. Andy Mellon, 24. September 2019, 15:47

    When I was at university, our university elections were on STV and there was an option – “RON” (Re Open Nominations). This was useful in that if you thought none of the candidates were viable, then if RON won the popular vote it often led to a rethink. Is RON not an option here?
    At least you have STV though. It seems the Hutt is stuck with FPTP.

  8. Citizen, 24. September 2019, 18:32

    Roy, the important thing is to leave a blank against the names of all sitting mayors and councillors.

  9. D.W., 24. September 2019, 21:04

    We need more well informed experienced professional management. I’m for abolishing GWRC asap so I shall follow Roy’s advice!

  10. Madeleine Simpson, 25. September 2019, 7:25

    I don’t have any candidates who reflect or represent my interests as a ratepayer and resident, so I can’t vote.
    If there are no candidates who represent my interests as a ratepayer, I can’t vote for anyone.
    Please spare me the spin “vote for lesser evil” as I can’t vote for evil or the lesser evil.
    Graham it’s interesting that no candidates ran on the election promise ” I will abolish the Council”. And Roy they will just toss out your scrawled on voting paper and call it a spoilt vote.

  11. Roy Kutel, 25. September 2019, 10:43

    Madeleine – I did vote for an ex Medical doctor for the Health Board. (I can’t see why we can’t have a PT ‘Board’ instead of the useless wasteful GWRC). So hopefully, the officials will count my health board vote and note my big cross through GWRC.