Local govt democracy – where do candidates stand?

Re: ‘Oh, the irony of it all!’ (The Weekend Sun, June 3).

Terry Johnson makes a good point in his letter – namely that voters need to know where the Tauranga By-election candidates stand on the subject of Local Government democracy. At least we already know where Jan Tinetti stands on this subject. Most in Tauranga will remember the photograph, published in both The Weekend Sun and the daily a few months ago, showing her (along with two Labour colleagues) staring down the ratepayers of Tauranga, eager to show her support for stripping them of their local democracy. It seems ironic that she should now be inviting Tauranga’s disenfranchised ratepayers to give her their Parliamentary vote.

Robin Rimmer, Welcome Bay.

Editor’s note: The question of democracy in Tauranga City was put to all candidates recently as part of Sunlive’s Election Debate. See their answers at: www.sunlive.co.nz by clicking the ‘Election Debate’ tab.

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By peanuts9

Posted on 27-06-2022 18:58 | By crazyhorse

There is some empire-building going on here, but, it does not involve the Tauranga ratepayer! as far as democracy goes, you have shown you have no idea what democracy looks like, maybe because democracy is not what you want? doesn’t suit the agenda?

Murray Guy

Posted on 11-06-2022 11:35 | By peanuts9

Really!!!! After decades of mismanagement, incompetence, empire-building, etc. etc. how can you say we had democracy? The choices were so abysmal, less than 40% bothered to vote. For many of us, the present system is a boon and we are quite happy to be rid of the freeloaders.

Peanuts9 - that's NUTS!

Posted on 10-06-2022 16:39 | By Murray.Guy

Peanuts9, "Quite frankly, I couldn’t care less about the candidates view of local democracy". There is NO issue more critical, of greater importance, locally and nationally, than the rapid demise of our democracy.


Posted on 10-06-2022 13:44 | By peanuts9

Quite frankly, I couldn’t care less about the candidates view of local democracy. I would much rather hear their thoughts, or proposals on national matters but that seems to be a pipe dream. Most of the electioneering material dropped in my letter box appears to contain nothing except criticisms, not all accurate. No new ideas, no originality, just the same old, same old. I can’t say that applies to all candidates as some haven’t bothered with any information.

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