ELEC­TION VOT­ING

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Some have proposed com­pul­sory vot­ing. Oth­ers vot­ing on­line.

OK, how about we con­cede com­pul­sory vot­ing in ex­change for cul­pa­bil­ity if po­lit­i­cal prom­ises are not met? What about a balanced bud­get?

The rea­son voter turnout is so low is be­cause many feel vot­ing makes no dif­fer­ence. Over the last decade I’ve no­ticed we have been elect­ing lead­ers be­cause they are the least un­pop­u­lar, not the most pop­u­lar. Just look at the UK, Aus­tralia and the US.

In NZ, Na­tional are in be­cause Key was quite clearly the best of the bunch although protests to his poli­cies have shown, not so pop­u­lar. This is the prob­lem.

Ref­er­enda are ig­nored, protests are viewed as a hin­drance to stop the gov­ern­ment’s plans in­stead of a demo­cratic right. You just need to watch the news to see how un­af­ford­able things have be­come for mid­dle in­come earn­ers.

The gov­ern­ment’s not work­ing for us. If the gov­ern­ment want more peo­ple to vote, show that they are work­ing for us! We pay them af­ter all. Lis­ten to us. When we protest take no­tice. When there is a ref­er­en­dum do what it says. Nigel Latta proposed lim­it­ing length of ser­vice to elected mem­bers. No more ca­reer politi­cians. Fan­tas­tic idea.

Alex Reina, Mata­mata

A big thank you must go to the mem­bers of the Mata­mata Ro­tary Club for help­ing set up the Me­mo­rial Hall.

We would also like to thank For­get Me Not Florist and other lo­cal busi­nesses for al­low­ing art to be dis­played in their win­dows as pub­lic­ity for the event.

Cre­ative Com­mu­ni­ties New Zealand is ac­knowl­edged for its con­tri­bu­tion to our fund­ing.

Lastly, thank you to our many sup­port­ers who en­cour­age us by at­tend­ing this vi­brant, thought pro­vok­ing unique dis­play of art.

Mar­garet Dwyer, Mata­mata So­ci­ety of Arts Pres­i­dent

Alex Reina Stan­ley Nel­son and his Poppa Sam Win at the Mata­mata So­ci­ety of Arts ex­hi­bi­tion.

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