Equal chance to take part

In the Weekend Sun 11 October, W. Sedcole misses the point about the Campaign for Better Council Governance. As a core member from its inception in August, I can assure the writer that this organisation set out to provide information - not propaganda, as the correspondent seems to imply. I’m perfectly comfortable to reveal myself as a member of this small group of “concerned citizens” - we advocate democratic freedom of choice.

Every council and mayoral candidate for Tauranga City was emailed an invitation to attend a 10 minute video interview which would be advanced by social media (Facebook). All candidates were notified in advance, the eight questions which would be asked were transparent. Even if a candidate gave overly long answers, everything bar obvious mis-speaks was included. The methodology of the interviews was consistent and impartial.

Fifty candidates for 11 positions. Twenty-seven responded including apologies and 23 agreed to be interviewed. One failed to turn up for their appointment without apology. Four sitting councillors of the eight standing for re-election failed to even respond. Is that the sort of person you want to represent you?

Of course nobody should be compelled to participate. Our free offer of exposure rather than having people relying on road signs proved very popular. The videos received tens of thousands of views and we received plenty of compliments and few criticisms of our actions.

Murray Maunder, Otumoetai.




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