May­oral hope­fuls de­bate live and streamed on­line

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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 may­ or fol­low the ac­tion on #de­bate4­mayor

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