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Hard News: Time to Vote

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  • tussock,

    I've voted. Then I had a hamburger. It was lovely. Very satisfied. Both of them. Enjoy your day, all.

    Since Nov 2006 • 610 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    It seems really weird not having any political coverage, the Herald is scraping the barrels bottom today.
    Child drops ice cream in supermarket
    Well, not quite but news?.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall, in reply to steven crawford,

    I've got that art book on the shelf behind your jacket, it's really good.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 760 posts Report Reply

  • Joshua Arbury,

    Pleased to see Andrew's earlier comment about kids and voting. Had my 10 year old daughter tick the boxes for me for the third election running. Just like I used to tick the boxes for my Dad.

    An important part of parenting in my books.

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 237 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Giovanni's school Knack (its regular community craft fair) looked like it was doing good trade today as the polling booth is in classroom block nearby. But heavy rain and cold wind have made it a very unpleasant day for a stroll to the polling booth. The dedicated party doorknockers (well I only saw ones with red rosettes) were getting drenched.

    A little confusion out there as most advance polling places are different to today's actual polling places.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    the Herald is scraping the barrels bottom today.
    Child drops ice cream in supermarket
    Well, not quite but news?.

    a) Syndicated off APNZ, so not exactly a Herald reporter rushing in breathlessly to file copy.
    b) That's a moderately sizeable spill. Would cover quite a bit of a petrol station's forecourt.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    But heavy rain and cold wind have made it a very unpleasant day for a stroll to the polling booth.

    It’s not particularly lovely here in Auckland either, but in a typical attempt to upstage the Aussies we’re not doing four seasons in one day but six to eight inside of five minutes. :) Still, our local booth was seeing typically steady traffic at 10.30 this morning.

    Still, how can you grump after seeing some happy kid on her daddy's shoulders chanting "rainrainRAINrainrain" with a beatific grin and not a care in all the wide world?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Absolutely perfect day here in Dunedin, until downpour about an hour ago. This morning I strolled to the polling booth with my sister and then we went for a lovely beach walk. Sunny and still, the dark emerald waves turning over neatly.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    But heavy rain and cold wind have made it a very unpleasant day for a stroll to the polling booth. The dedicated party doorknockers (well I only saw ones with red rosettes) were getting drenched.

    Just as well advance voting was well up from last year's. It's accidentally become a Plan B for when the heavens decide to push the half-flush button.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5430 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Why, I ask, is the Sky Tower illuminated in Blue?
    Grrrrrrrrrrrr

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Why, I ask, is the Sky Tower illuminated in Blue?

    Probably for the Blues :-p

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • tussock,

    Celebrating their ... uh, tell you in ten minutes? Hiding from aeroplanes, that's it.

    Since Nov 2006 • 610 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls,

    Time to stop voting and start crowing or cowing.

    A clue as to my opinion: Juliet in funky choke hold (4,4,3).

    (been sitting impatiently on that for an hour or two...)

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Legalise Canabis Party mor popular thn peter Dunne at this point…. lronyyyyy…:-)

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

    allow me to be the first to call the Conservatives not getting in, based on them being at 4.6 with the very, very early numbers that lean small c conservative.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • tussock,

    The rural towns come in first, right? Because yeeesh.

    Since Nov 2006 • 610 posts Report Reply

  • 81stcolumn,

    Gotta say I love voting in NZ me and the wee man went together and then I went for a run in the sun. What a chilled out day after the past few weeks. Perhaps now I'll get some work done......

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 790 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    allow me to be the first to call

    This election rigged...
    I may not be right but I'm first. ;-)

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

    national are down in early voting relative to last elections early vote, but given this elections early vote is so different that could be read in several different ways.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • izogi,

    Looking at Ohariu right now, and last election, I get curious about what goes through the GP’s mind for strategy when they decide to run a candidate there, if they want to push out Peter Dunne. Maybe the GP just made a decision not to get involved in that kind of strategy?

    This election Tane Woodley did everything he could to say he was only campaigning for the Party Vote. Last election I think Gareth Hughes did the same, yet on both occasions they seem to be picking up more votes than Peter Dunne’s winning margin. Not to suggest that everyone who’s voted for Woodley would have voted for Virginia Anderson (Lab) instead, but of 8 candidates it’s only Dunne and herself actually campaigning for electorate votes.

    Brett Hudson (Nat) is also pulling votes after not asking for them, but I can at least see some strategic logic in him being there, with the electorate being so polarised for and against Dunne.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 1139 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    (Deleted post due to over hueg image I can't edit via iPhone)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • tussock, in reply to izogi,

    The Greens run on party vote. The more electorate candidates they run, the more money they're allowed to spend on hoardings and stuff around the place. It's basically too big a value for them to miss out on anywhere.

    They've had two elections where they only made it in by a few hundred votes. It's a big deal, their good speakers at meetings and stuff work really for them.

    Most green voters split if there's a chance, but if they go public with an ask then National can respond by asking for splits too, where their voters are both far more numerous and more willing to do as they're told. And everything's democratic so they'd also have to pass it by the membership, which might go down like a lead balloon.


    In addition, this would be the first time Labour has actually campaigned with the Greens at all. They've never been in government and no one has ever given them a seat, so the old membership, again, not particularly generous of feeling there. At least, that's my wild speculation.

    Since Nov 2006 • 610 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls,

    The number of Labour list MPs is dropping lower and lower. Who's going to miss out? Jacinda?

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to izogi,

    This election Tane Woodley did everything he could to say he was only campaigning for the Party Vote. Last election I think Gareth Hughes did the same, yet on both occasions they seem to be picking up more votes than Peter Dunne’s winning margin. Not to suggest that everyone who’s voted for Woodley would have voted for Virginia Anderson (Lab) instead, but of 8 candidates it’s only Dunne and herself actually campaigning for electorate votes.

    If it's not functional illiteracy or low-info voter syndrome, then it's lingering political tribalism over strategic reason - possibly a not-too distant cousin of 'we are struggling together!'. I'm not too sure the complexities or not of MMP are to blame, given centre-Right voters do actually have a grasp of strategic voting.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5430 posts Report Reply

  • Caleb D'Anvers,

    The number of Labour list MPs is dropping lower and lower. Who’s going to miss out? Jacinda?

    Yeah. This is looking like our very own version of the 2004 US presidential elections. Keep the voters distracted, keep them ignorant, don't let them get a sight of the real issues, and they'll happily vote for corruption and malfeasance. I bet the Nats and their loyal retainers in the media are loving this.

    Also: where's the Green party vote?

    London SE16 • Since Mar 2008 • 482 posts Report Reply

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