RODNEY // WHY SHOULD I VOTE FOR YOU

q5In New Zealand it’s easy to get caught up with party politics and never really learn about the people standing in your own electorate. This election I’ve tried to give every candidate (in Auckland and Wellington) a voice by asking them 5 questions. Read more about the series here.

RODNEY

 

Incumbent: Mark Mitchell // National

Standing in 2014:
Eric Bolt | Labour
Anton Heyns | Conservatives
Beth Houlbrooke | Act
Malcolm McAll | Green
Tracey Martin | NZ First
Mark Mitchell | National

BOLT eb

What do you think characterises the Rodney Electorate?

Rodney is a mixed urban and rural electorate. It is changing under pressure from urban expansion. New suburbs are developing and pressure on existing facilities is increasing. Rodney still enjoys a great lifestyle and is well off by income and employment rates.

What do you think the most important issue is for New Zealanders? Do you think this is the same for New Zealanders living in the Rodney Electorate?

Long term: Climate change, and yes this does affect Rodney.

Short term: A fair and equal society with quality jobs, yes it is same for all New Zealander’s.

What is your pet piece of policy? Why? 

Building a low carbon economy. This is a very real opportunity to create a new economy, and real quality jobs, Our existing economy is not sustainable long term.

What will you do to improve the local Rodney Community? 

The main issues in Rodney are housing and transport, we need diversity in our community and transport solutions that work for Rodney.

Why should I vote for you? 

I will represent and advocate for Rodney issues as the Rodney representative. I will work to creating a better future for the long term benefit of New Zealand and facilitate innovation that will transform the economy for the benefit of all citizens.

MCCALL mm

What do you think characterises the Rodney Electorate?

Spectacular country, beautiful beaches invaded by sprawling and poorly thought out suburbia

What do you think the most important issue is for New Zealanders? Do you think this is the same for New Zealanders living in the Rodney Electorate?

Climate Change

What is your pet piece of policy? Why?

The Solar loan Policy. It will make solar electricity a cost effective solution for every home in New Zealand which will help us to transition to a clean energy economy and provide energy resilience

What will you do to improve the local Rodney Community?

Create more efficient governance, better public transport, freight off roads and onto rail, free healthcare for under 18s, invest in green tech jobs, clean up rivers and Hauraki Gulf, create more marine reserves.

Why should I vote for you?

Voting for me personally will make little difference, but a Green party vote will help to create a strong Green voice. The Greens want to create a more equal and prosperous society that will endure for generations in an environment that is pristine. We believe that anything less simply demonstrates poor management and a lack of care. When you vote, don’t simply vote out of habit, vote with wisdom.

The candidates featured in this post are those who have responded. If you are a candidate in Rodney and would still like to be included, it’s not too late. Flick me an email at madicattt@gmail.com and I will slip you in. 

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