Central voters a bit different
AUCKLAND Central voters are less concerned about local issues than the bigger picture this election.
The local environment, roads, public transport and crime are all of concern for the electorate.
But most said they were more worried about wider national issues, such as the economy.
Luke Barratt, 28, says he’s most worried about the country’s “money situation”.
“KiwiSaver’s a big one,” he says.
“The price of everything’s going up, times are getting really tough. Even in this area, rents are skyrocketing.”
Mr Barratt says he thinks it is time for a change of MP from current Labour representative Judith Tizard.
Artist Julian Dashper, 48, says national stability and consistency are the most important things to him at the moment.
“It’s not time for a change, now’s the time to stick with the tried and true.”
Mr Dashper says Ms Tizard has done a great job and would like to see her stay in.
Fenella Becroft, 31, says she is less locally concerned and more globally concerned.
“Nationally we’re not doing well.”
A 26-year-old woman, who did not want to be named, says she’s most worried about wages, taxes and the economy.
“It seems like everything else is going up and wages are staying the same.”
The Auckland Central seat has been held by Labour MP Judith Tizard for the past two terms. She gained 44 percent of 35,985 votes last election and Labour won 45 percent of the party votes.
But this year a changing mood could see National’s young newcomer Nikki Kaye gather some support.
Auckland city councillor Denise Roche is also a firsttime candidate, and hoping to increase the party vote for the Greens.
The electorate has the lowest enrolment rate in the country, with only 80.6 percent enrolled so far, compared with the national average of 94.1 percent.
The Auckland Central electorate has the highest proportion of voters aged 20 to 29 in the country.
Electoral officer Sharon Reece says the enrolment is diabolical, with only half of 18 to 24-year-olds enrolled, and 65 percent of 25 to 29year-olds.
This compares to nearly 80 per cent of 18 to 24-yearolds nationally and 90 percent of 25 to 29-year-olds.
Ms Reece says one cause of the low enrolment statistics is the high number of people living in apartments in the area who were hard to target.
She reminded people they can still enrol to vote up to this Friday, November 7.
The electorate has a population of 61,194 according to the 2006 census. • ACT Party candidate Scott Uren is not pictured.
Alliance Party: Sarita list ranking 9
Labour Party: Judith Tizard, list ranking 38
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party: Kevin O’Connell, list ranking 4
National Party: Nikki Kaye, list ranking 57
Green Party: Denise list ranking 43
Progressive Party: Justin Robson, list ranking 10
Human Rights Party: Anthony Ravlich
Independent: Thomas Forde
Residents Action Movement: Oliver Woods, list ranking 1
The Republic of New Zealand Party: Kerry Bevin, list ranking 1
United Future: Aaron Galeylist ranking 15