Election night blogging

21:59: TV1 is dancing around a National coalition win. Looking likely.
21:52: BTW It is Guy Fawkes night here. I am completely surrounded by fireworks going off.
21:47: Natrad are speculating – Helen’s options should Labour lose. Who knows?
21:16: TV3 are speculating – a tight race (if Winston scrapes together 5%)??
20:52: Russell’s comments, good point Stephen Judd.

Election day 2008

Leamington School, Scott Street, Leamington

Dad leaves Leamington School after voting in today’s General Election. We live in the Tāupo Electorate which extends from here, in the Waikato, to Turangi 180 kilometres away – by road – on the southern shores of Lake Taupo.

Meet the candidate

Vote For Me

Edited 21:00 06/11/2008

I am rather late with this – two days – old news. Been soaking up history being made. On Tuesday morning when clearing our mailbox I found a flyer inviting us to a meet the candidate do the previous evening. I am sorry I missed it. I must admit that I did notice the six party hoarding installation, at the house in question, had been joined by a seventh – when arriving home on Monday – but could not read it as I turned the corner.

This I must add is the very house that sent out a charming young man, not so long ago, to tell us – and other surrounding homeowners – they were having a party and could be a little noisy that evening. Pity they didn’t use the same approach – it worked for me.

Māori Party hoarding

Angeline Greensill – Māori Party hoarding – Hauraki-Waikato Māori Electorate, Shakespeare Street, Leamington, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Taupo Electorate meet the candidates

Barbara Stewart, NZ First list MP answers a question from the floor at Cambridge Baptist Church, Queen Street, Cambridge, this afternoon, Sunday the 18th of October 2008.

Six political parties and one independent were represented at the meet the candidate event hosted by Cambridge Grey Power.

Present were candidates Mark Burton, Robbie Mac, Louise Upston and representing their parties Wendy Harper, John Pemberton, Barbara Stewart, and Judy Turner.

(I hope I have the above correct).

Hoardings or billboards

I have always called them election hoardings. When I was discussing the quality of said constructions this morning I got a blank look. Billboards I added and was understood. I have always thought of them as hoardings. Billboards populate desert landscapes for Wile E. Coyote to hide behind in order to ambush the Road Runner. I might be making that last bit up.

Anyhow the Greens win the contemporary look award. I think I saw somewhere they had flogged the idea from another Green party somewhere else on the planet. Whatever.

Robbie Mac

Visiting us today Robbie Mac, enthusiastic and full of folksy charm, to introduce his candidacy in the general election. Robbie is standing in the Taupo Electorate as an independent candidate.

One of Robbie’s causes is support for binding citizen generated referenda.

You can contact Robbie at 6/40 Green’s Landing, Nukuhau, Taupo 3330.

Good luck Robbie.

Update 11/09/2008: The only other Taupo candidate I have managed to photograph so far is National Party candidate Louise Upston. Good luck Louise.

Kerbside advertising

Redrawn electoral boundaries mean, for the first time in my life, I live in a truly contestable electorate. Great. The 2008 electorate profiles are published on the Parliament website. You can download and view the PDFs that map the Taupo Electorate here. This map on the Elections New Zealand site is also useful. And the Electoral Commissions reasoning for the boundaries? I am sure I saw that somewhere. Perhaps someone can help me locate it.

Edited: 22:00 17/7/2008