It has just taken me an hour and 20 minutes to decide who to vote for in the elections for the new Auckland Council. I tried my best to read all the candidate blurbs and make an informed choice. I did not follow a particular party but instead judged each candidate on their vision and experience. And here is where my votes went:
Auckland Mayor: Len Brown.
I chose to vote for Brown to strategically stop John Banks from winning. My first preference was for Andrew Williams but the chances of him winning are so slim that I do not want to waste my vote.
Auckland Council – Waitemata and Gulf Ward: Rob Thomas.
It is likely that Mike Lee will win this seat, however, of the six candidates, I chose Thomas as he appears to have the best vision for Auckland and is not an old politician but rather a fresh face.
Auckland Council – Waitemata Local Board:
- Anna Booth
- Jesse Chalmers (City Vision)
- Shale Chambers (City Vision)
- Christopher Demsey (City Vision)
- Rohan Evans
- Bruce Kilmister (City Vision)
- Rob Thomas
In my local board my votes went primarily to the left. However, I did not select every City Vision candidate, instead I chose independents who would bring a good mix of skills to the table as well as some experienced old hands.
Auckland District Health Board:
- Helen Gaeta
- Edward Saafi (Citizens and Ratepayers)
- Jo Agnew (City Vision)
- Judith Bassett (Citizens and Ratepayers)
- Moira Macnab
- Ian Ward (Citizens and Ratepayers)
- Jeanette Elley (City Vision)
My votes for the ADHB was split across both the left and the right. I chose candidates who have experience in the health system not those who are there for politics or business reasons.