Mayoral hopefuls debate live and streamed online
Hamilton mayoral candidates will come under the spotlight at a forum later this month, designed to give members of the public a good look at the hopefuls.
The mayoral forum, organised by the local committee of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand ( PRINZ), is on Wednesday, September 28 at the Atrium atWintec.
It’s free, open to the public and takes place from 5.30- 7.30pm.
Waikato PRINZ committee chair Heather Claycomb says the forum is an ideal opportunity for Hamiltonians to listen to candidates answering some searching questions.
The forum is being supported by the Waikato
Times, the Chamber of Commerce and a variety of other organisations keen for the public to hear from all seven mayoral candidates in one forum. Titled the Hamilton City Great Mayoral Race Debate, the forum will feature candidates answering questions supplied by members of the public, and from the floor.
Ms Claycomb says PRINZ believes it’s important to provide forums such as these to help voters engage in the democratic process and to encourage participation in local body elections.
The event will be a great opportunity for Hamiltonians to assess the candidates before filling out their voting papers.
Voting papers are due back by noon on Saturday, October 8.
Hamilton City mayoral candidates are James Casson, Arshad Chatha, Jack Gielen, Andrew King, Rob Pascoe, Chris Simpson and Paula Southgate. All have been invited to take part in the event.
We’re hoping to see the same level of engagement with the forum, withmore of an online aspect in 2016. Heather Claycomb Waikato PRINZ committee chair
Email your questions to PRINZ (in writing or on a 15-second video clip) to mayorQ@prinz.org.nz or follow the action on #debate4mayor