Sam Johnson on Christchurch elections

September 26th, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Sam Johnson has blogged his picks for :

  • Christchurch City Mayor: Lianne Daziel 
  • Shirley-Papanui: Ali Jones
  • Fendalton-Waimairi: Raf Manji (I would like three votes here as Jamie + Claudia are both good. It is important to me to have someone like Raf on CCC though, so he is my first vote). 
  • Burwood-Pegasus: Glenn Livingstone, Robyn Nuthall 
  • Riccarton-Wigram: Vicki Buck, Peter Laloli
  • Hagley-Ferrymead:Paul Lonsdale, Yani Johanson (updated)
  • Spreydon-Heathcote: Erin Jackson, Tim Scandrett
  • Banks Peninsula: Paula Smith

Now I don’t agree with Sam on all his choices. I think Paul Lonsdale would make a very good Mayor, who has already done a lot for the city. I’d also endorse John Stringer for Shirley-Papanui.

But Sam has spent three years on a community board and through his SVA work knows many of the candidates, so I think his picks will be of interest to many. He also names people worth supporting for local boards.

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9 Responses to “Sam Johnson on Christchurch elections”

  1. Ian McK (237 comments) says:

    How many of these leeches would be standing if we went back to the days prior to Palmer’s stuffing the Local Government Act with his socialist amendments?

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  2. Viking2 (11,147 comments) says:

    One socialist rainbow promoting others then?

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  3. Jack5 (4,600 comments) says:

    Raf Manji looks a good choice, with the bureaucratic knots in the council, and the council’s subsidiaries. It would be good if there were commercial shareholders in some of them, but if the airport goes on the block, the Government has to give first and second options to Ngai Tahu.

    Some of the others are pretty grey. Ali Jones – a radio commentator; Robyn Nuthall; and Vicki Buck has already been there. I think they are at best centre-leftists.

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  4. Yoza (1,552 comments) says:

    How many of these leeches would be standing if we went back to the days prior to Palmer’s stuffing the Local Government Act with his socialist amendments?

    Elections of all flavours may become more interesting in future as political parties are forced to rely more heavily on activists and volunteers to get their voting base into the booths. It would appear the internet has killed off a lot of the influence advertising through old media venues generated, social media campaigns seem to work well for grass-roots organisations that have the people resources but lack the financial clout to compete through advertising commercially.

    Excluding those who do not directly pay rates was a completely undemocratic form of choosing representatives as anyone who pays rent is contributing to paying rates.

    The real hope for the right in most elections is voter apathy. Generally speaking, the lower the turn out the more likely it is a right-wing candidate will make it through. (although there are a variety of instances where this may not be the case)

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  5. Andrew M (43 comments) says:

    Why would you endorse John Stringer? Going by his policies listed on that site he appears very anti-market, and very pro-control. Quite a descipable candidate IMO – of course, I’m going by his issues, you may be endorsing based on personality..

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  6. YesWeDid (1,029 comments) says:

    ‘Shirley-Papanui: Ali Jones’

    That is where I live, I’ll be voting for Ali Jones & Pauline Cotter, I don’t really know a lot about either (except Ali is a journalist & Pauline is a long time community board member) BUT we NEED to get rid of that complete clown Aaron Keown.

    The fact that Keown has has been one of the strongest supporters of Tony Marryatt will probably be enough to see him kicked out but the main issue is he is a complete moron.

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  7. iMP (2,247 comments) says:

    YesWeDid, here are 25 Issues articulated by John Stringer (me) in Shirley-Papanui in the interests of informed voting locally, as asked by local residents.

    http://conzervative.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/pick-an-issue-25-election-topics/

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  8. Harriet (4,534 comments) says:

    “…..Going by his policies listed on that site he appears very anti-market, and very pro-control…..”

    That opinion doesn’t sound too much like Thatcher style leadership to me. I think you’re wrong in your asessment.

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  9. Inky_the_Red (736 comments) says:

    Slightly strange that Sam only picked one Council candidate for Shirley Papanui. As he picked 2 leading Council candidates John Stringer and Pauline Cotter for the community board

    I too am standing for the Shirley Papanui Community Board http://www.vote.co.nz/2013/candidates/ian-tinkler-8349

    Having meet John at a couple of candidate meetings I must admit he was not as I expected. He at least has given the appearance that he is willing to work with a broad section of the community. I probably won’t vote for him for Council however I am considering giving him or Daniel Wright my 5th community board vote

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