A number of candidates have risen to the challenge of publishing now their “Magic 150 Words” — the pitch they will make to voters in the official Candidate Directory mailed to us in a bit over two weeks.
Some have posted them directly to BayBuzz, where you can find them here (see both Post and Comments), as well as in the Comments below to this post.
From Hastings, they are: Lawrence Yule, Simon Nixon, Des Ratima, Peter Nee Harland, David Mackintosh, Adele Mohi-McGoverin, Wayne Bradshaw, Kevin Smith, Tracee Te Huia, John Roil, Jacoby Poulain, Anne Wilson-Hunt
From HBRC: Tom Belford, Liz Remmerswaal, Ewan McGregor, Tim Gilbertson, Robert Burnside
From Napier: Karla Jurczakowski, Michelle Pyke, Mark Herbert, Kathie Furlong, Tony Jeffery, Dave Pipe
And some have posted them (and additional material) on the Local Government NZ site.
From Hastings: Cynthia Bowers, Anne Wilson-Hunt, Mandy Kimber, Sandra Hazlehurst
From HBRC: Tom Belford, Liz Remmerswaal, Alan Dick, Christine Scott, Eileen von Dadelszen, Robert Burnside, Kevin Rose, Hugh Ritchie and Fenton Wilson
From Napier: Barbara Arnott, Michelle Pyke, Maxine Boag, Dave Pipe, Will Jenkins, Bill Dalton, Robin Gwynn, Ross Holden, Karla Jurczakowski, Kathie Furlong, Faye White, Graeme “GK” Taylor, Tony Jeffery, Ken Simons.
We’re giving some of these folks the benefit of the doubt, because they posted profiles of less than 150 words on the Local Govt site, but we’re assuming these are their “official” Magic Words. A couple of candidates have posted other information online, but we’re not counting them. We want the Magic 150 Words! Why? Because that’s all most voters will actually see.
Some candidates who should know better are delinquent.
These include Neal Kirton (the only missing HBRC incumbent candidate); Kevin Watkins, Margaret Twigg, Mick Lester, Henare O’Keefe, Rod Heaps (the missing HDC incumbents who are candidates); and John Cocking (the only missing Napier incumbent who is a candidate).
So the Hastings Council incumbents score worst for voter transparency. Ten incumbents are running for Council … five haven’t divulged their Magic 150 Words. Shame on you!
As a matter of parochial interest, in my HBRC race for one of the Hastings seats, only challenger Murray Douglas is mysteriously missing from the seven candidates. C’mon Murray, you’ve got a flash website … surely you know how to forward your Magic 150 Words!
Meantime, Hastings Elections Czar Peter Woodroffe protests our BayBuzz challenge that he and his fellow wardens publish the official profiles now, saying it will violate some mindless (my word) national election rule. So on the one hand we have councils and Local Government NZ spending heaps of money to urge us to vote. And on the other hand local officials tell us they must withhold the very information that might get voters interested enough in the candidates to bother!
I trust Peter when he cites the rule … but two comments nonetheless:
1) Who gave out the stupid pills in Wellington that produced this rule?
2) C’mon Peter, live dangerously … break the rule! I’ll bet Lawrence Yule and CEO Ross McLeod won’t fire you. And if “The Law” comes after you, BayBuzz will front your legal defense and bring you biscuits daily if you’re jailed.
P.S. A number of DHB candidates are here on the Local Government NZ website as well: Kevin Atkinson, Jeannette Samundsen, Dave Barry, Helen Francis, Tony East, Honoria Ropiha.