Posted on September 8, 2016
The NBR has picked up my comments that unfortunately a low Auckland Council election turnout seems inevitable.
I mention that council’s $1.2M ratepayer investment in a kombi van “Love Bus” to encourage younger people to vote is missing the mark.
The article also quotes Auckland University researcher Weiyi Zhang’s work which says voting (or non-voting!) is habit forming. Someone who didn’t vote in 2013 is more likely not to vote this year.
Despite the considerable effort of some community and education groups, some media and of course many of the candidates – I comment that the key problem is the very low regard Auckland Council is held in.
85% are dissatisfied with Auckland Council, but that hasn’t translated into enough people caring about who leads council next term.
My view is council has burnt off much goodwill by consulting and then failing to implement, but over promising and then under delivering, but blaming government or someone else for our problems – rather than being more effective in fixing them.