Who’ll get your vote?
THE CANDIDATES have had their say about issues set to affect Mt Albert in the upcoming byelection.
Now we want to know what you think. The Central Leader will be quizzing the candidates on issues confronting the electorate before the June 13 byelection and we’re inviting readers to contribute questions.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contributions. We’ll select the best four to put to the candidates.
In the meantime, we hit the streets of the electorate to ask locals what they think could influence the vote.
Retired couple Carol and Peter Joll love living in Mt Albert.
“Mt Albert is a great place to live. It’s so handy to everything,” Mr Joll says.
“It’s just a shame the shopping centre is getting quite run down.”
Mrs Joll says it would be great if the new MP took an interest in getting the train station and town centre upgraded.
Sandringham resident Iain Laxon, 36, still has questions about the second-tier representation local boards will provide when Auckland becomes a supercity.
“It’s a case of what’s in the detail. What representation will communities and suburbs have?”
Mr Laxon says whoever replaces former prime minister and Mt Albert MP Helen Clark in the seat will have big shoes to fill.
“She was there for openings and community events. It’s quite incredible the amount of time she made for it.
“At the same time it does bring someone else in with new views and ideas.”
Avondale resident Jeff, 70, who didn’t want his last name published, says he’ll be happy to see a new MP representing the electorate, after Miss Clark held the seat for 27 years.
“A fresh face would be great. I have never been a supporter of hers. I don’t think Labour will have a walkover here.”
But he is in favour of the Waterview tunnel, which is currently under review by the government because of its pricetag of more than $2 billion.
“To me they ought to do it because that’s what the people of Waterview want.
“Even an imbecile can see a tunnel is the way to go.”
But a Kingsland resident, who didn’t want to be named, would rather see the money set aside for more investment in public transport.
“I don’t think Auckland should invest in more roads.”
She says if list MP Phil Twyford, the early tip to be Labour’s candidate, had been selected instead of eventual winner David Shearer, she may have voted for him.
But now she’s leaning towards Greens co-leader Russel Norman.
“The vote might get split between Labour and the Greens.”