Kissing babies is fine on the local body campaign trail but posing with puppies for official photos is strictly off limits.
That's what a North Shore candidate found out when he tried to submit a photo of himself with his friend's boxer with his nomination form.
Calum Macpherson, who describes himself as a rank outsider for the North Shore ward seat on Auckland Council, says he's been told Brie the puppy will be Photoshopped out in his election profile.
And he's not happy.
"It highlights all that is wrong with council. The bureaucracy is ridiculous."
Mr Macpherson says the election rules state you can't pose with a person but don't refer to pets. He struggled to find a suitable photo, describing himself as "not very photogenic", but says the one he finally chose worked for him.
"I'm disappointed because I love dogs and I thought this photo was appropriate because it highlights one of my policies which is reducing the cost of registering your canine."
The council says the rules are made quite clear to candidates.
"The nomination paper, which is standard across New Zealand, specifies that the photo must be a passport size photo of the candidate alone," spokesman Bruce Thomas says.
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