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Auckland Local Elections 2013

Voting has opened in the Auckland Local Body Elections for 2013. As usual, nobody cares about anything other than who is going to be mayor, and as usual, the candidates’ descriptions of themselves reveal much about the mood of the populace. UPDATE: it turns out all this information is available online.

Want to know how much the National government messed up when setting up the Supercity? Among the 17 candidates for mayor, only 4 could really been seen to be on the right side of the political spectrum, and even a couple of those are marginal. They are handily outnumbered by left leaning candidates, including a card-carrying member of the Communist League (“I demand the immediate withdrawal of NZ armed forces from abroad”; not something the mayor of Auckland has much say over, but all the best, comrade)

I was expecting more candidates to mention the rising council rates, a frequently mentioned bugbear among my home-owning friends. Many of the candidates mention rates in passing but only one is unequivocally promising cuts, and only one other is promising a hard cap. There is much talk of fairness and equability but this is just Auckese for moving the rates increases to suburbs in which nobody you like lives (I vote Sandringham – those guys are dicks).

And of course, what would the Mayoral race be without some -ahem- interesting policies?

Jesse Butler has a masters degree, a penchant for punctuation, and a great plan for the first six weeks of his mayoralty:


Week 3: Public Hui. Veto Unitary Plan. Your house rules. Priorities. Mokos. Babies. Children. Mothers. Elderly. Sick. Veterans. Retired. Disabled. New Aucklanders.
Week 4: Gang hui. Truce. Cease violence/crime. Priority. Tourism. Public safety. Rewards? Economic packages. Early releases.

Done. Sorted.

Emmett Hussey is interested in controlling immigration but also plans to sue the Chow brothers over the Palace Hotel debacle. He pledges to donate half his mayoral salary to causes he deems worthy, which is good. More worrying is point 5 of his manifesto:

I promise to strive (within my control) to spend the council’s money as though it were my own money.

I think I know what he means, but there has got to be a better way of phrasing that sentence.

Paul Duffy’s plan is to “reinvent politics” by removing three quarters of the politicians and running the city via online referendums, thus improving GDP so that NZ tops the OECD again, advancing innovation, family, and “Olympic Gold Medals”. Fabulous.

Phil O’Connor has a different vision:

When elected I intend to use every facility of the Mayoral Office to rally all people of goodwill to eliminate legalized abortion. All my energy will be focused on this single issue.

Again, not something that really falls under the purview of the Mayor’s Office. O’Connor is also the only candidate not to supply a photo for the booklet. He can’t look any worse than some of the other runners, there are photos that look like police mugshots. You guys are running for an important office, at least smile a little.

Despite the recent flap in Hamilton there is only candidate that is campaigning to remove fluoridation from the water supply. I guess that is something.

It occurs to me that many of the single-issue candidates could advance their causes by teaming up and forming a party under a single leader, their policies are not mutually exclusive and could be easily carried out in parallel. Vote NIAFLOR : “No immigration, abortions, fluoridation, or corruption, but lots of roads”.

Voting papers must be received by Saturday the 12th of October.

Auckland Links

A few Auckland related links to fill in some time:

Dirty Dining Diary
I usually don’t think much of The Herald but this new recurring feature is genius. 29 eating establishments were given D ratings by the council during the last round of inspections and The Herald is reviewing them all during September.

I can personally recommended Day 3 – Saigon in the Food Alley, I deem it well worth the risk.

New Trains
The Auckland Transport Blog continues to whip itself into a giddy frenzy over the new electric trains that will debut next year. And why not? The trains look fantastic and I can’t wait to give them a try when they finally start (literally) rolling out on the Onehunga line.

2am Orchestra
A friend of mine is in a band called 2am Orchestra which has been getting some buzz. This is your chance to get in on the ground floor before they hit it big.

Lunch Time : Loving Hut (or possibly Golden Age)

Google Street View currently claims this place is called Golden Age, but I am sure it was the decidedly more dodgy sounding Loving Hut when I visited today, so that is what I will call it. Whatever the name, Loving Hut is a cheerful restaurant on Victoria St West just down the hill from the Sky Town on the other side of the street.

There are no sliced pigs ears here, Loving Hut is completely vegan. The atmosphere is unpretentious and relaxed, perhaps a little too relaxed since I was the only customer for the duration of my lunch. The business has a religious air, with crystals on display and colourful literature available which perhaps puts people off. It doesn’t affect the food though, which is reasonably priced, speedy, and delicious.
Cantonese Styled Noodles
This is the Cantonese-style noodles dish with lashings of ginger, the perfect start to a crisp winter’s afternoon. On a previous visit I had the curry vegetable soup which was also great.

Another Bus Stop Ad

It is good to see the team behind the pulpy orange juice ad are still hard at work.

Hack 1: So how should we sell this new cell phone from a company nobody has heard of? Apple and Samsung use their ads to showcase their key differences in a crowded market. Should we do likewise?

Hack 2: Naaw. Sounds like a lot of bother. Just pick a stock photo at random and paste in a tiny product photo in the corner so people can tell it is a phone.

Hack 1: Great idea. According to the brief, the client needs us to highlight their product’s numerous outstanding features.

Hack 2: Hmmm, our copywriter is on maternity leave but I am sure we will be able to come up with something.

Later…

Hack 1: This is the best stock photo, it still looks a bit bland.

Hack 2: No problem, my cousin is a whiz with photoshop.

Hack 1: Sounds expensive, tell him we’ll only pay for one hour of his time.

Hack 2: He is used to working fast. He was the guy who did Gollum for Lord of the Rings.

A Poster for a Huawei Cell Phone