Voters canvassed on who they will cast a ballot for
For a general election that was tipped to be boring, the 2017 campaign has turned out to be anything but.
From recording scandals, fraud admissions and top-tier resignations to Jacinda Ardern’s rise to the top of her party, New Zealand has been treated to memorable political moments.
And it seems most political parties are clamouring to offer Aucklanders the city of their dreams: Pledges to improve transport, resolve the housing crisis, and curb migration, are constantly making headlines.
Stuff spoke to Aucklanders about which party’s promises they’re most drawn to and who they think would deliver the answers to their city’s woes.
Noa Sullivan, 20
Sullivan believes Labour has the best policies for Auckland. She says National’s announcement of roading projects is a poor move to regain attention and doesn’t move towards solving any transport problems. ‘‘All of my friends have joined the Labour bandwagon because finally there is a party that is directly addressing the urgent issues in New Zealand and speaking to our generation directly... I know that I am not alone when I say that Jacinda has inspired my generation and reignited a passion for politics and policy that has been asleep for a very long time.’’
Paula Dennett, 61
Dennett’s feet are firmly in the National camp and she believes it would deliver for Auckland. ‘‘We don’t know the Labour Party pending policies other than they look to be increasing the tax take,’’ she says, adding that she would be voting National because she likes the ‘‘known steady hand on the wheel’’.
Gregory Stowell, 45
Stowell says he favours National for several reasons, including the fact that he didn’t agree with Labour’s immigration policy. ‘‘I see National trying to keep its policies the same as they currently are and they’re trying to find new ways to progress to cover funding for their proposals, whereas I see Labour taking National’s policies and trying to change them and still having to find ways to pay for them.’’
Honey Rasalan, 40
Rasalan doesn’t believe any one party could tackle the transport and housing issues currently in Auckland and says it would take the city as a whole working together to address it. She says the resignation of the leadership of the Labour and Green parties was a pivotal moment. ‘‘It made people think and become more engaged about the election.’’
‘‘Jacinda has inspired and reignited a passion for politics.’’
Jacinda Ardern’s rapid rise to the top of the Labour Party has been just one way in which the general election campaign has stirred to life. The full version of this story is at www.stuff.co.nz/auckland.