Labour’s Sua William Sio is suggesting local body election candidates get state funding for their campaigns.
Thankfully Local Government Minister Chris Tremain shows no enthusiasm for the idea.
“There hasn’t been an appetite from our government for state funding of local government elections, or national elections for that matter, outside of national television advertising.”
If it was up to me there would be no public funding of TV advertising either.
If individuals and parties want to be elected they should fund their own campaigns or persuade supporters to help them.
There are far greater calls for public funds than political campaigns.