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  1. Don, 14. September 2016, 10:33

    I wonder how many of those applauding Justin Lester and his spending of other peoples’ money actually pay rates.

  2. Traveller, 14. September 2016, 11:20

    I felt that the genial two hours helped me sort out, for the first time, how I might number the candidates. (And who won’t get any numbers from me…)

  3. Marie, 14. September 2016, 11:49

    Congratulations on a well-run and interesting meeting, and the terrific turnout of voters.

  4. Chris Calvi-Freeman, 14. September 2016, 11:51

    Yes, everyone should try to find time to attend a Mayoral candidates meeting. They’re enlightening and entertaining to boot!

    Selecting the right mayor (and councillors) is vital for Wellington’s future, yet the number of residents who bother to vote is always low. For god’s sake, if you lack faith in them all or even dislike them all, take the trouble to vote for those you dislike least or else you may get the Mayor and councillors you despise the most!!

  5. Charles, 14. September 2016, 12:04

    Agree, a great event and no silly gimmicks like having less than a quarter of attendees “vote” and then sensationalise that into a front page story as the DomPost did after the Chamber debate last week. Wellington.Scoop has become the go to site for those interested in the issues in the election.

  6. Jersey, 14. September 2016, 12:16

    Its a real shame that we can only pick one. It just seems so unfair, they’re such a bunch of fabbo people. [No problem – you can pick as many as you want, by numbers.]

  7. Ros Fogel, 14. September 2016, 12:39

    I was there and am of he impression that those cheering for Lester were his group of supporters sitting in the front two rows. I’d hoped the forum might help me identify my top prospect – it didn’t.

  8. Trevor, 14. September 2016, 12:52

    I agree with Don re Lester. Even the dimmest uni student should realise their rent will go up so the landlord can meet the cost of rates increases brought about by candidates’ election bribes. Not to mention the impact on commercial ratepayers like pubs and restaurants.

  9. Trish, 14. September 2016, 13:17

    I was intrigued to hear only passing references to the council’s 10 year plan that was supported last year by most of the people now standing for mayor. Then they all agreed with the theory that if the Council adopts a policy of cutting expenditure, minimising rates and limiting growth, core costs including infrastructure maintenance will force rates up to unsustainable levels. The only way to save the ship was to “go for growth” with 10 projects starting with the runway extension, conference centre and film museum. It seems that no-one wants to remind voters of the course the city is on. Is it because they no longer believe it themselves, or because they have have given up trying to persuade anyone that it’s a good idea?

  10. Ben, 14. September 2016, 15:12

    Well done Wellington.Scoop. It was a well run meeting and hit the right notes between seriousness and fun. It was really helpful to be able to speak one on one to the candidates afterwards as well. They all gave their time generously.
    @ Ros Fogel: Great turn out and I was in the front row along with several other friends and wasn’t in a support Justin campaign or noticed people who were. I did notice a group of GoJo supporters who made a bit of noise further back. I think the audience (in the most part) were just responding to the candidates in the moment..

  11. Lindsay, 14. September 2016, 21:03

    Following up the last sentence of my report –
    Johnny suggested Rasputin,
    Keith said he admired Tom Paine,
    Nicola named Richard 111 (“a really good king: who centralised government for the first time, and set up a court to hear the grievances of the poor…”)
    and Justin nominated Te Rauparaha – “he led well, he defended his tribe’s interests skilfully, and he took no prisoners.”

  12. Ritchie Mccaw, 15. September 2016, 0:12

    Well done Wellington.Scoop. Great night. Leggett took the mystery question early and couldn’t answer it. It’s clearly between Lester and Coughlan.