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


Snooze, you lose, so get out and vote today, says NPDC

Snooze, you lose, so get out and vote today, says NPDC

Time is running out for New Plymouth District residents to “Give A And Vote” and have their say about who sits around the next NPDC governance table.

With just four-and-a-half days left to vote and, as of Monday, 7 October, just over 17% of people in the district have returned their voting papers. This is about 5% down on 2016 when about 22% had voted by the same date.

Nationwide, voter turnout is mixed with Wellington City Council on just 13.09% and Christchurch City Council on 19.8% while smaller councils are seeing better turnout with Timaru District Council on 36.66% and Waitomo District Council on 37.44% as of 7 October.

External Relations Manager Jacqueline Baker says: “Mayor, Councillors and Community Board members make the big strategic calls about our little piece of paradise, what the future priorities are and how we’re going to keep rates affordable. So make sure you have your say on who our elected leaders will be. Get those voting papers filled in today and pop down to any of our NPDC venues where we have ballot boxes.”

Think a humming central city, roads, water, parks, buying tickets for Ben Harper or Zero Waste. It’s a long list as NPDC manages assets of about $3.3 billion and has an annual operating budget of about $155 million.

Residents can drop their vote at the TSB Showplace, TSB Stadium, Ōākura Library, the Mobile Library, Todd Energy Aquatic Centre, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Puke Ariki until noon this Friday, 11 October. Ballot boxes are also at the Civic Centre and the Bell Block, Waitara and Inglewood Library and Service Centres until noon on Saturday, 12 October.

NPDC is holding another Drive-Thru voting booth on 12 October from 9am till noon where residents can stop and drop their votes on Liardet Street, outside the Civic Centre.

We’re also bringing ballot boxes to the people with events at Ōākura Skate Park from 12-1.30pm on 9 October, Bell Block’s Hickford Park from 12-1.30pm on 10 October and at the Merrilands Domain from 12-12.45pm and Westown Saunders Park from 1-1.45pm on 11 October. There are also limited free ‘vote cones’ with the Tinkle Bell icecream truck.

For more information about the elections, head to www.newplymouthnz.com/Council/About-the-Council/Elections/2019-Election


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Wage Cuts, And The Listener’s Demise

Various levels of across the board wage cuts – 10%? 15% ?- are being mooted for workers in some of our larger firms, in order to help the likes of Fletchers, Mediaworks etc survive the Covid-19 crisis. It is extraordinary that unions should be having to explain to employers (and to the public) just how unfairly the burden of such a response would fall. Basically, if you’re on a salary in six figures, a 10-15% haircut can still be worn fairly lightly. If you’re employed at or below the median wage, losing 10% of your income can be a hammer blow... More>>


Government: Seeking Infrastructure Projects

The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say...More>>


Police Commissioner: Christchurch Terrorist Pleads Guilty

Police acknowledge the guilty pleas in the Christchurch Mosque attacks prosecution that were entered in the Christchurch High Court today. The guilty pleas to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of engaging in a terrorist ... More>>


Transport: $54 billion Investment In Draft GPS 2021

The Draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) 2021 on land transport confirms that the Government will invest a record $54 billion in its balanced transport policy over the next decade. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Loss Of Abortion Safe Zones

No doubt, last night’s defeat of abortion law reform provisions that would have created safe zones around abortion clinics will be portrayed, by some, as a victory for free speech. It isn’t. It was a victory for bigotry and intimidation directed ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On National's Regulation Crusade

Lets step back in time now, to simpler days and to simple-minded solutions. So…. if National gets elected, landlords will once again be able to evict tenants at will, raise rents anytime they like, and ignore the need to install a healthy standard of heating in the homes they put out to rent. This promised ‘bonfire of regulations’ is being done in the name of cutting red tape... More>>


SMC - Expert Reaction: PF2050 Strategy

DOC has released a strategy to reach Predator Free 2050, along with an action plan through to 2025. The predator-free goal focuses on three groups of mammals: possums, three species of rats, plus stoats, ferrets and weasels... More>>






InfoPages News Channels