Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


AUSA hosts ‘Anti-Debate’ for excluded mayoral candidates

AUSA hosts ‘Anti-Debate’ for excluded mayoral candidates

Auckland University Students’ Association (AUSA) is providing a platform for some of the less well known candidates for the Auckland Mayoralty to get their ideas heard.

AUSA, reacting to the recent exclusion of 14 candidates from major mayoral debates, will be hosting an ‘Anti-Debate’, in which these 14 candidates will have the chance to debate their ideas in front of an audience of students and other interested Aucklanders.

The debate will be held on Monday 26th September at 7pm in Shadows, AUSA’s student owned bar. Well known commentator and “The Daily Blog” blogger Martyn Bradbury will MC the event.

“The idea of the Anti-Debate is to allow all candidates to have a voice,” says AUSA President Will Matthews.

“The nature of elections means that not all candidates get to enjoy high poll ratings, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have important and salient messages.”

“We want to run the debate that no one else will,” says AUSA’s Political Engagement Officer Sarah Butterfield, who is co-organising the debate with Matthews.

“We want the voices of all candidates to be heard and we encourage all candidates who have policies for students and for Aucklanders to come to the debate and tell us about their platform.”

AUSA is inviting all mayoral candidates who have so far been deprived of a platform to come to the Anti-Debate, where they will be given the opportunity to speak and interact with voters. Candidates who are interested in attending can contact Sarah Butterfield at peo@ausa.org.nz

Media is also welcome at this event, to ensure that the messages of the candidates can reach beyond the Anti-Debate.

“The exciting thing about the Anti-Debate is that there are very few restrictions on the candidates who are invited which will allow a genuine exchange of ideas,” says Matthews.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Some After-thoughts About The Climate Change Commission Report

The notion that New Zealand is pluckily - or foolishly – punching above its weight in the march towards carbon neutrality by the year 2050 seems entirely deluded. Either way though, the idea seems too useful for the politicians to surrender it willingly... More>>


National: National Will Reverse Interest Deductibility Changes

The arrival of the belated interest deductibility and Brightline rules discussion document brings with it confirmation of what an unprincipled mess the proposed legislation is, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly and Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis say... More>>

Government: 1 Million More Pfizer Doses To Arrive In July

Pfizer has scheduled delivery of an estimated 1 million doses of vaccine to New Zealand during July, COVID1-9 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Merit: Queen's Birthday Honours 2021 List

The full list of those acknowledged... More>>


Jewish Council: New Zealand Not Immune From Rise In Antisemitism

The representative body of New Zealand Jewry, the NZ Jewish Council (NZJC), has expressed concern about the high number of antisemitic incidents in New Zealand recorded last month. Spokesperson for the NZJC, Juliet Moses, said... More>>

NZNO: Nurses Reject DHB Offer And Confirm Strike Action

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation says its 30,000 members who work in DHBs have voted overwhelmingly to reject a second offer in their current round of multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) negotiations... More>>





InfoPages News Channels