Straight from city council
A personal view,
by Councillor Steve Morris
There’s something remarkably similar about most Council election signs; they’re 50 shades of blue. Sure, there might be the odd orange sign standing out from the crowd, like a cautionary roadworks sign, but that’s as close to red as you’ll ever see in Tauranga. In fact, it’s been 10 years since a City Council candidate dared use a red election sign. The irony is that the current Council majority is red, in my opinion, and sits comfortably to the left/progressive side of the political spectrum.
Last year, I asked a left-leaning candidate why he was using blue election signs.
“It’s my partner’s favourite colour,” he said with a wry smile.
It’s no secret that many Tauranga voters are blue and sit more comfortably on the right/conservative side of the political spectrum!
It goes beyond the colour of a sign; many candidates accentuate their pledge to be careful and conservative with ratepayer’s money too which is why it came as a shock to ‘blue’ voters when a double-digit rates rise was proposed barely six months after a Council election.
If political parties were more active in Tauranga City Council elections, voters would have a clearer idea of the policies to expect when choosing a candidate.
The party vetting process would quickly weed out unsuitable candidates too.
Labour has been successful in other cities by vetting and endorsing candidates but National has no interest in competing.
That’s why centre-right candidates get trounced from Auckland to Dunedin; left leaning voters know who their candidate is but right-leaning voters must guess!