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Local body elections

Voter turnout at new low

Just 11 days out from the final ballot Wellington voters are even more apathetic than usual.

Just 11 days from local elections, Wellington's voting figures are well down on 2013 levels.

Mayoral hopefuls weigh in

Mayoral candidate John Davis thinks Donald Trump is "crazy".

The consensus from Marlborough mayoral candidates is Hilary Clinton is the best person for the job in the US presidential race. 

Candidates talk politics and economics

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The Waikato District Council closed all its offices and libraries after ...

Waikato District Council mayoral candidates were questioned on what their visions were if elected.

Voting for the first time

Mona Darwiish, Naima Ali, Fetiya Mohammed and Whitney Jessett are voting for the first time in Auckland local elections.

Fetiya Mohammed is getting used to the idea her vote is valid in New Zealand.

'We don't want to be a suburb of Hamilton'

Experienced two term councillor Vern Wilson is aspiring to deliver the knockout punch that will see him win the waipa ...

Two candidates standing for the mayoralty of the Waipa District Council, but not a lot seperates their philosophy.

Candidates lay it on the line in election race

The seven Pukekohe subdivision candidates for the Franklin Local Board at a meet the candidates event in Karaka.

Franklin Local Board Pukekohe subdivision candidates spill out

'I was incredibly drunk'

Adam Holland is running for the Auckland mayoralty on the Auckland Legalise Cannabis ticket.

As a farcical mayoral debate descended into chaos, one candidate started yelling "Allahu Akbar". Why? Because he was very drunk.

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Shoving match at mayoral debate video

Alezix Heneti berated David Hay as the debate descended into a fracas.

As two rival Auckland candidates came close to "a brawl", another grabbed the mic and screamed "Allahu Akbar".

Youth and political experience on her side

Amy Uluave is the youngest candidate standing for the Tokoroa Ward seat in the upcoming local body elections.

She may be only 23 but that's not stopping a Tokoroa woman from standing for the South Waikato District Council.

Council candidate comes back to her roots

Rita Beckmannflay is standing for the Tokoroa Ward seat in the local body elections.

Family roots bring Auckland woman back to South Waikato to stand in local body elections.

Palino calls for retired police 'task force' video

John Palino thinks a task force of retired cops would make Auckland's streets safer.

Retired police officers will be investigating criminal cases if John Palino becomes Auckland mayor.

Votes trickle in video

Votes will decide who gets a seat around the council table at Nelson's Civic House.

How Nelson and Tasman voters are tracking compared to previous elections.

Mayor keeps eyes on election

Richard Kempthorne with all that remains of his campaign sign.

Richard Kempthorne doesn't bat an eyelid at storm.

Auckland middle class suffers video

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Nurses, teachers, police and office workers: these people can't afford Auckland.

Minto unsure of living wage cost

Christchurch mayoral candidate John Minto wants all staff to receive at least $19.80 an hour.

John Minto takes a swing at council contractors, who he says are corrupt and profit-driven.

Low Christchurch voter turnout

Christchurch mayoral candidates Lianne Dalziel and John Minto aren't drawing as much voter interest as previous election ...

Christchurch voting numbers are low, but it's not too late to vote.

Another friendly debate

Four of the the five mayoral candidates for the New Plymouth District Council had another polite debate on Monday.

"I'm not offering a soft option like other candidates are, who are not really sure whether or not they want to be mayor or a councillor."

Voter turnout declining

Local government elections take place on October 8.

With two weeks until the end of the elections, Sth Canty's three districts have all recorded lower voter return figures than in previous elections.

Eeyore's house a steal at $400,000

Empowering communities: LINK Upper Clutha coordinator Sophie Ward (left), Seattle community development facilitator Jim ...

Wanaka Community Board candidates respond to town's affordable housing and social issues.

Two contenders for Thames-Coromandel mayor speak

Thames Coromandel District Council mayoral candidate Sandra Goudie.

The Thames-Coromandel district has two strong mayoral candidates, current deputy mayor Peter French and former Coromandel MP Sandra Goudie.

Mayoral candidates questioned

From left South Waikato mayoral candidates Tracey Deane, Jarrad Gallagher, Alan Blair and Jenny Shattock.

Watch: South Waikato mayoral candidates have their say.

Small insight sort from Mayoral hopefuls

John Tregidga is standing to Hauraki District mayor again.

Incumbent Hauraki District Council Mayor John Tregidga met his only opponent to the role to answer some ticklish questions.

Time for new blood

Brad Markham is an award-winning journalist-turned dairy farmer. He moved to Taranaki with his partner in June. They ...

OPINION: Should relics of the past be allowed to determine our future?

20 years waiting for a toilet

For more than two decades, the people of St Andrews have pushed for public toilets as their roadside became a pit stop.

Passers-by continue to pee in the bushes as locals battle for a new public loo.

Crone talks central Auckland issues

Victoria Crone left her role at Xero to run for mayor.

Vic Crone has shared her views on public transport, inner-city suburb intensification and the Ports of Auckland.

Iwi tackle 'old' attitudes

Rangitane communications advisor Keelan Walker outside Rangitane House in Blenheim.

Potential candidates don't realise the economic opportunities iwi can bring, Rangitane says.

Who's the anti-Labour campaigner?

Labour Mayoral Candidate Justin Lester says he is unfazed by the campaign.

Anti-Labour businessman says Wellington mayoralty should not be a ''slave to one political party".

Voter turnout poor in initial counts

There is a push to get a better voter turnout than 50 per cent for the New Plymouth district this year.

So the election ends in two weeks but no one is voting. What's the problem?

Man charged with vandalising signs

A vandalised 'Welcome to Marlborough' sign is cleaned by council patrolman Patrick Cadogan.

Police claim he spray-painted obscenities on campaign signs and tagged a rock face.

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