Running record of election returns

Electionz.com is providing a running record of election returns for the 35 councils whose votes it’s processing, including comparisons with the number of votes cast at the same stage in the last two elections.

After just two days it’s too soon to draw reliable conclusions but it will be interesting to follow the trend.

Our voting papers came with Monday’s mail, I started to fill mine out but put it aside because I’m still not certain about where to put a couple of ticks.

The media is often blamed for not covering local body issues and candidates well, but a lot of candidates aren’t helping themselves.

Local Government On Line has a website on which candidates can post photos and information which voters can find by typing in their address.

Only one of the four mayoral candidates, none of the five district council candidates, neither of the two regional council candidates and only four of the 11 health board candidates for whom I can vote have bothered to post anything.

19 Responses to Running record of election returns

  1. Bearhunter says:

    Just checked out the Auckland mayoral election candidates. My god, what a shower of cretins. Druggies, Communist meatworkers, holistic-amazing-grace-god’s-work-recycle-everything merchants and Penny Bright. The sooner they put “none of the above” as an option on voting papers the better.

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  2. adam2314 says:

    Whole heartedly agree with that comment Bearhunter.

    A fiasco..

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  3. Tired Farmer says:

    The “Bright Penny” could be of value for Auckland.

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  4. Bearhunter says:

    @ Tired Farmer: The only way Penny Bright could possibly have any value would be if she ever shut her smug, self-righteous gob. A tiresome self-publicist who really needs to realise that people don’t want to hear her chuntering on and on and on and on…..

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  5. Neil says:

    Tired Farmer-you have a great record of following the loser !
    Remember, people that often make the biggest noise are often wolves in sheeps clothing.
    People eventually sort that out eventually.
    Renny Bright reminds me of people I am familiar with who used to correspond in the local papers amd now are trying to mislead bloggers

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  6. Tired Farmer says:

    Bearhunter– Don’t be so grizzly–give the lady a chance.

    Neil–you must have sat around the Gore District Council Tables to have observed how giving sheep some authority turns some folk into werewolves.

    I certainly have picked some losers in my 75 years.

    Back in 2004 I was one who campaigned for the present Mayor of Gore.

    Time moves on and I have found that in all conscience and principle I can not stand in his honour at the beginning of the Council meetings.

    Looking forward to you joining me in the gallery.

    Quo Vadis.

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  7. Penny Bright says:

    So you believe that citizens and ratepayers should be denied their lawful right to a binding vote on a ‘reorganisation proposal’ such as the the Auckland $UPERCITY ‘Bearhunter’?

    You don’t believe in ‘democracy’?
    You believe that the Auckland region should be run like a business, by business for business?

    You believe that 75% of Auckland regional rates should be paid to 7 Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) – although the CCO model has never been subject to ‘due diligence’ and a ‘cost-benefit analysis’ by ANY body, including the Royal Commission, the Department of Internal Affairs, the Office of the Auditor-General, the Auckland Transition Agency (ATA), any of the 8 Auckland Councils – or the NZ Treasury?

    Does that represent ‘prudent stewardship’ or ‘fiscal responsibility’ regarding public resources to YOU ‘Bearhunter?

    One simple question – since the last Council amalgamations, the ‘contracting out of Council services and the introduction of ‘more efficient’ commercialised ‘Council Controlled Organisations’ (CCOs) – have YOUR rates gone up or down?

    If your rates haven’t gone down – doesn’t that prove that the ‘business model’ as opposed to the ‘public service’ model has been one huge ‘CON’ – that has just worked in the interests of the private CONsultants and CONtractors?

    Or perhaps you are one of those with your snout in the Council ‘contracting’ trough?

    Or a property developer with friends and connections in Council perhaps?

    If you don’t support democracy – where do you stand on ‘open, transparent and democratically accountable’ local government?

    Do you support details of ‘contracts issued’ being published in Council Annual Reports? Where the name of the contractor, term, value and scope of the contract is available for public scrutiny?

    Do you agree with a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for Mayors, Councillors and their spouses?
    Do you agree with a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for those Council staff who have the delegated authority to sign off Council contracts?

    What have YOU done that has benefitted the interests of the public majority ‘Bearhunter’?

    Any time you want to swap ‘track records’ – MAKE MY DAY!

    Your call ‘Bearhunter’ – you first.
    I look forward to your reply, supported with facts and evidence.

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright
    Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance.
    “Anti-corruption campaigner”.
    AUCKLAND MAYORAL CANDIDATE

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz

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  8. Sally says:

    My word Penny that is a wake-up call for Cr Neil and his Council mates. Unfortunately for us all, John Key is not the only one with his head buried in the sand.

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  9. Bearhunter says:

    See what I mean? A hectoring know-it-all, who knows nothing in the end. I am none of the things you snidely infer that I am and – this might surprise you, but I doubt it will shut you up – I am vehemently against the Supercity concept and utterly opposed to the privatisation of water.

    I am merely one of the thousands of poor, put-upon ratepayers who have to pay for the whole vile mess, so a bit less vitriol and a little more civility might be in order seeing as you are attempting to become someone who will be salaried by the criminal picking of my pocket.

    Perhaps if I was a self-important, self-promoting, egotistical attention-seeker too, I might understand your bilious outpourings better, but as I’m not all I see is an assuredly unsuccessful mayoral candidate heaping abuse on a voter. Nice one.

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  10. Penny Bright says:

    Shouldn’t take you very long to compile your ‘track record’ of what you’ve achieved which has benefitted the public majority ‘Bearhunter’?

    I would have thought that would be a VERY short post?

    Same with you ‘Neil’ and ‘Adam 2314’?

    Just some quick links to Parliamentary Select Committee Reports / Council minutes / Council websites that PROVE that YOU aren’t just ‘smug, self-righteous gob(s)’, and you have the facts and evidence which PROVE what you have achieved that has benefitted the public majority?

    (As I will be able to provide – if and when I ever get your reply?

    Have to say – I’m not exactly holding my breath… 🙂

    You’ve been very quick to disparage the efforts of others, such as myself.

    Come on!

    ‘Put up – or shut up’?

    (Meant, of course, in a caring, constructive way 🙂

    Have a GREAT day!

    Kind regards

    Penny Bright

    PUBLIC WATCHDOG – NOT CORPORATE LAPDOG.

    Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance.
    “Anti-corruption campaigner”.
    AUCKLAND MAYORAL CANDIDATE

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz

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  11. Penny Bright says:

    As I am the only Auckland Mayoral candidate with a proven track record of fighting against both the Auckland $UPERCITY and water privatisation – and am standing to help force the repeal of the underpinning $UPERCITY legislation, I am somewhat confused as to the reason for your vitriol?

    I suggest you take the time to have a look at both my website http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz
    and blog http://waterpressure.wordpress.com

    because if you are genuinely opposed to both the $UPERCITY and water privatisation – in my considered opinion, that I am the Mayoral candidate for whom you should be voting.

    Perhaps I have missed something – but I am unaware of any other Auckland Mayoral candidate who is standing to ‘STOP THE $UPERCITY’?

    (Given that I have attended a number of Mayoral debates, and carefully read what the other candidates have said – I think it is rather unlikely that I would have missed such a pivotal point 🙂

    You may also be interested to know that for the last ten years, I have been doing this ‘Public Watchdog’ work on a self-funded basis, and this year received a ‘GOOD CITIZENS AWARD’ from the Mt Eden/Albert Community Board ‘in recognition of (my) outstanding service to the community’ (29 June 2010).

    Have you received such an award ‘Bearhunter’ for your ‘outstanding service to the community’?

    Another small point – just because I am standing for public office – doesn’t mean that I am going to put up with unsubstantiated, disparaging personal attacks.

    From anyone – including ‘voters’ such as yourself ‘Bearhunter’.

    Part of my proven ‘track record’ is refusing to take ‘crap’ from anyone, and sticking up for myself, as well as others.

    I respectfully suggest that you attempt to make your assessment of candidates in a reasoned and balanced way, based on ‘track record’?

    That is what I am attempting to do with you ‘Bearhunter’ – but I’m still waiting for evidence of your ‘track record’ (as well as your vote – given that on these fundamental issues we seem to have so much in common? 🙂

    Kind regards

    Penny Bright

    PUBLIC WATCHDOG – NOT CORPORATE LAPDOG.

    Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance.
    “Anti-corruption campaigner”.
    AUCKLAND MAYORAL CANDIDATE

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz

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  12. Sally says:

    Come on ‘Bearhunter’ there are a number of us waiting with a great deal of interest for your reply.

    Penny is doing something for the benefit of all ratepayers by exposing the rort of Councils -aided by a weak OAG and Ombudsmen, – in how they break the principles of the Local Government Act. The Act clearly states that a local authority MUST act in accordance of certain principles. Councils do not conduct their business in an open, transparent and democratically accountable manner. They continually hide behind the smokescreen of the ‘commercially sensitive’ doctrine where a register of conflicts of interest of Managers is unheard of.

    Go Penny Go!

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  13. Bearhunter says:

    Waiting for what reply? That I have never stood for council? That I have never received an award from a community board? That I have little interest in either? My “track record” is of working all my life and paying taxes. Of being a net contributor to the country generally and the city specifically. Of bringing some small amount of joy to people as a musician and writer.

    Obviously, this prevents me from having any say whatsoever in the calibre of the Auckland mayoral candidates, so perhaps I should absent myself from the electoral roll until such time as I have managed to scale the heights to a similar altitude as St Penny.

    Sadly, I never managed to reach the herculean levels of self-promotion and smug, sanctimonious self-satisfaction to “make a difference” in the way that St Penny has. Clearly her moral right to be mayor of Auckland is unimpeachable, so I’ll leave it to her legions of loyal and adoring followers to get her elected. If she makes the top five once the votes are counted, I’ll shout her a bottle of bubbles, okay? Can’t say fairer than that.

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  14. Penny Bright says:

    Well ‘Bearhunter’ – you may be interested to note that both the Minister and Associate Minister of Local Government have publicly acknowledged my role as a ‘diligent Public Watchdog’.

    They give credit where it is due – even if you don’t.

    I have raised serious issues about the lack of ‘due diligence’; democracy; ‘open, transparent and democratically accountable’ local government regarding the Auckland $UPERCITY- and you haven’t focussed on ANY of those matters?

    Rather than having a go at me – why don’t you address these issues?

    Do you believe that citizens and ratepayers should have been denied their lawful right to a binding vote on the Auckland $UPERCITY?

    Do you believe in ‘democracy’?
    Or do you believe that the Auckland region should be run like a business, by business for business?

    Do you believe that 75% of Auckland regional rates should be paid to 7 Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) – although the CCO model has never been subject to ‘due diligence’ and a ‘cost-benefit analysis’ by ANY body, including the Royal Commission, the Department of Internal Affairs, the Office of the Auditor-General, the Auckland Transition Agency (ATA), any of the 8 Auckland Councils – or the NZ Treasury?

    Does that represent ‘prudent stewardship’ or ‘fiscal responsibility’ regarding public resources to YOU ‘Bearhunter?

    One simple question – since the last Council amalgamations, the ‘contracting out of Council services and the introduction of ‘more efficient’ commercialised ‘Council Controlled Organisations’ (CCOs) – have YOUR rates gone up or down?

    If your rates haven’t gone down – doesn’t that prove that the ‘business model’ as opposed to the ‘public service’ model has been one huge ‘CON’ – that has just worked in the interests of the private CONsultants and CONtractors?

    Where do you stand on ‘open, transparent and democratically accountable’ local government?

    Do you support details of ‘contracts issued’ being published in Council Annual Reports? Where the name of the contractor, term, value and scope of the contract is available for public scrutiny?

    Do you agree with a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for Mayors, Councillors and their spouses?
    Do you agree with a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for those Council staff who have the delegated authority to sign off Council contracts?

    These are serious questions ‘Bearhunter’ and I’m interested in your views.

    Also – you may want to bear in mind that the job of a ‘Public Watchdog’ is to help make a fuss, in order to let the public know what is going on, and draw attention to these concerns.

    As a Media Spokesperson as well, of course i am going to get as much publicity on the issues as I can.
    That’s ‘my job’.

    (FYI – the reason why I describe myself as a ‘Judicially recognised Public Watchdog, on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters, is because that is how four different Auckland District Court Judges have described me.

    I’ve put my neck out, and taken defence of the public’s right to ‘open, transparent and democratically accountable’ local government, to the point of arrest 22 times.

    It is 21 -1 to me in Court, and I have defended myself.

    Ever spent time locked up in a Police cell, defending the public interest ‘Bearhunter’?

    It’s not much fun – but the results have made it worthwhile.

    Being a ‘Public Watchdog’ is not an elected or appointed position – it is an acknowledged position.

    It was a ‘hard-earned’ acknowledgment- so why shouldn’t I use it?

    When would you like me to advise you of my favorite ‘bubbles’ Bearhunter?

    (You may not be aware – but the last time I stood for public office in the 2000 Avondale/Mt Roskill by-election, I got over 6200 votes and came second to Noelene Raffills. That was TEN years ago 🙂

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright

    PUBLIC WATCHDOG – NOT CORPORATE LAPDOG.

    Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance.
    “Anti-corruption campaigner”.
    AUCKLAND MAYORAL CANDIDATE

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz

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  15. Bearhunter says:

    Okay, last post on this: Too many questions, really, but here are my basic feelings on the Supercity. I disagree with it entirely as it has been foisted on the Auckland ratepayer by central govt, with no regard for the wishes of Aucklanders. I disagree entirely with the idea of unelected committees holding power over Auckland’s assets.

    I have spent time in a police cell, 42 hours, to be precise, with no sleep, no toilet facilities, constant questioning from the police, threats, physical violence and being forced to stand against a wall for the entire time. So what? I fail to see what point your little boast makes.

    As soon as the results come in, I will be happy to send the bubbly, if warranted. It will be my choice, naturally, but rest assured it will be high quality, as life is too short to drink bad wine.

    I leave it there, as it is uncivil to abuse Homepaddock’s web space with what has become a grandstand for you to sing your own praises from.

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  16. Sally says:

    But Bearhunter you did provide that platform in the fisrt place.

    Cheers

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  17. Sally says:

    OOPS
    Should be first

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  18. Gary says:

    I would suggest voting for the one mayoral candidate who bothered completing his details on the website. But then I could be a little biased on this!

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  19. Penny Bright says:

    I look forward to ‘Bearhunter’s vote and bottle of bubbly 🙂

    Penny Bright

    PUBLIC WATCHDOG – NOT CORPORATE LAPDOG.

    Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance.
    “Anti-corruption campaigner”.
    AUCKLAND MAYORAL CANDIDATE

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz

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