Cen­tral vot­ers a bit dif­fer­ent

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

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

Divis,

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

Roche,

Pro­gres­sive Party: Justin Rob­son, list rank­ing 10

Hu­man Rights Party: An­thony Ravlich

In­de­pen­dent: Thomas Forde

In­de­pen­dent: Green­field

Stephen

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

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