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Thursday 08 February, 02007

Mayoral race

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:16 am

OK, I might have found a candidate to stand for mayor to beat Kerry Prendegast. What we need now are some policies. What would you like to see the mayor focus on?

UPDATE: My candidate suggests there may already a suitable candidate: Ray Ahipene-Mercer

& while we’re getting polictical, try theyworkforyou.co.nz, developed by Rob McKinnon, who was talking at Russell Brown’s Great Blend thing tonight.

Unconfererences [via Russell B]

18 Responses to “Mayoral race”

  1. Well, I was incensed with anger about the incumbant’s attitude towards the next mayoral race. In response to a question about why she wanted to stand, she said she had “unfinished business.” I was not impressed, if anything, an incumbant should be quoting finished business and new goals based on that.

    I think a challenger will have to stand strong on issues that are established and existing. You’re not a fan, but I think a challenger should look at the bypass as a serious infrastructural investment in our city – not necessarily council-based but one that indicates Wellington is progressing as a city – rather than a place. We are a city, and I don’t think the council treats it like one. A city, to me, is a living, breathing, beast of its own, and it works at its own pace. We treat Wellington like something we can tame. I say, don’t.

  2. Matthew says:

    I hardly understood a word, though I understand you’re angry about something. (I’m not against the bp, btw.)

  3. dennis bartlett says:

    I think personality politics is the way to win in this shallow society. Who’s your candidate and what’s their slogan?

  4. richface says:

    I reckon unfinished business is a legitimate response to that question. Seems unnecessary to refer to your past accomplishments when asked a question about why you want to stand for an election in the future.

    My favourite policy would be making our roads more bike-friendly or even bike-focused. I like the Greens’ idea of reducing pokie machines. Also, I get annoyed by how you can’t see the road markings when it’s a bit dark and it’s (been) raining.

  5. Aaron says:

    I want free Scrumpy for all!!!

  6. Richface, that’s my point. She had no past accomplishments, and her future hope was finishing what she promised in the past. Buh.

    Aaron’s forgotten Waitangi Day ended?

  7. Richard D. Bartlett says:

    No accomplishments huh Dan? I was about to write a list in retort, but I think it will suffice to say that’s a plain stupid thing to say. Are you seriously suggesting she’s just spent years shuffling paper?

  8. kathy says:

    Definitley interested in greater investment in Wellingtons Public transport system, I’m not sure what’s going on with them it’s been getting quite unreliable time wise. And the price going up is surely going the complete opposite way to where we should be headed. I would like to see free public transport, expensive parking meters, more in the way of pedestrian friendly city planning. also less billboards. too much so called public space is taken up by giant pictures of boobs + crappy slogans designed to push us further into debt. requirements for lanlords to have minimum safety standards on properties ie: smoke alarms.
    last but not least all pokie machines should definitely be phased out double quick.

  9. Richard D. Bartlett says:

    Maybe someone with a more tightly defined picture of what Wellington is and where they want to take it (i.e. should we be a city that actively sets an example as The City With No Pokies, Billboards, Or Bus Fares).

    Seems like the past 6 years we have been The City With Lots Of Public Works (And A Fair Bit Of Culture And Business Development), (which isn’t such a bad thing, to be fair) but I think we could do better.

  10. Matthew says:

    Agreed, Richie & Kathy.

    Tax the bads, not the goods.

  11. Tim says:

    I’d like to have my cake and eat it too. I’m also with no pokies and no billboards with boobs.

  12. Richard you hit the nail on the head on #9. Which answers your question to me on #7

  13. Ben Hoyt says:

    I dunno. Haven’t we as a culture got what we’ve asked for? Isn’t it better to have the choice to do bad, rather than to be forced to do good?

  14. richface says:

    Difficult question, Ben, and the libertarian in me says that you are right, and the less the government interferes in people’s lives the better. It gives me the howling fantods to think of the many ways the government could (eg) prevent public worship or reading the Bible or fishing or cycling or other such things that many of us hold dear.

    On the other hand, we can’t make an idol out of libertarianism — most people will agree that some things should be kept out of the hands of the general public, or at least be regulated. I’d be surprised if you agree that it is unduly paternalistic to regulate heroin or assault rifles, for example. Pokies seem to fall into a similar category. We just have to make sure that only bad things are regulated.

    I tentatively suggest that supporting policies such as ‘no pokies in town’ is a way of showing justice to the orphans and widows of the many one-arm-bandit jockeys out there.

  15. jono says:

    Personally I think we need less talk, and more walk.

    Such as the effort Matt and I undertook while members of the secret ASAP society, where we dressed in black and snuck across railway tracks and stealthfully rolled the word ‘PORN’ in silver reflective paint over a large and rather attractive pair of boobs on a giant wonderbra billboard in full view of the motorway.

  16. Tom says:

    Yes, Ray could be interesting. It’s a pity that theyworkforyou.co.nz doesn’t cover local government, as it would be very useful to see his voting record (without trawling through screeds of minutes) before deciding.

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