Parata seeing too much red
The size and number of signs promoting Labour’s Kris Faafoi for the upcoming Mana by-election have perplexed his main opponent, who has labelled the cardboard hoardings as ‘‘unimaginative tagging’’ and a show of arrogance.
Mungavin Ave has been blanketed with the big red signs, with four in a 100-metre stretch between McKillop St and Porirua Park.
Kapi-Mana News has received a number of queries from local residents, questioning the hoardings’ size and number.
National Party candidate Hekia Parata is also vexed, particularly because of how stringent the rules were in 2008.
‘‘When I ran in Mana two years ago, if my signs were an inch over the [3 metre square] limit, I was immediately rung up. The feedback we are getting is that they [ Mr Faafoi’s signs] are just over the top. This is unimaginative tagging, isn’t it?’’
Ms Parata says she hasn’t had her own campaign placards erected yet because she felt ‘‘ the community deserved a break’’ following the local body elections.
‘‘ These signs clutter up public space and we want to give people a reprieve before we put up our own hoardings.
‘‘To me, it looks like Labour are marking out their territory. It’s very arrogant and people are saying that it looks desperate.’’
The Electoral Act states that no sign can be more than three metres square. All other rules concerning election signs revert to Porirua City Council’s bylaws.
PCC has confirmed that while signs can’t be within 50 metres of an intersection or on a city park or reserve, and must not exceed 1.8m in height, there is ‘‘discretion’’ allowed in some instances. The 1.8m rule does not have to be adhered to if a sign is on private property.
Acting chief executive David Rolfe says ‘‘council officers have identified there may be some signage that does not comply with council bylaws or Electoral Act [ regulations] with regard to size and location’’.
During the recent local body elections about 20 signs were taken down for non-compliance.
Council officers are in the process of looking into Mr Faafoi’s placards, but would not say which ones.
Mr Faafoi’s local representative Shane La’ulu has agreed to remove any offending signage.
‘‘We will comply, we’re just getting clarification over some now,’’ Mr La’ulu said last week. Local residents were happy to erect election hoardings in their front yards and on the sides of their houses, he said.
When asked about the cost of each sign, he was unsure, but said it would be included in the election returns filed after the by-election on November 20.