Ear to the ground

The lighter side of the campaign trail.


Weird wide web

So you're looking for some info on who to vote for in the Hamilton mayor race, you google "Hamilton mayoral candidate", narrow it down to NZ results, and there you have it. Erm, hang on, those are the 2004 mayoral candidates headed by blast-from-the-past David Braithwaite. Strange.



Brewing campaign

A keen local beer connoisseur, who asked to be anonymous, has produced two brews with a specific local body election feel. The enthusiastic home brewer, in collaboration with Libertarianz candidate Tim Wikiriwhi, put down an Election Porter and an Election Coffee Porter, originally scheduled for consumption on or around the time of the local body elections. The Times has been provided two of the election brews and will report back to readers on their quality. The batch was even given its own impressive label.



Poolitical broadcast?

Supporters of colourful Hamilton City Council east ward candidate Mark Servian have produced an unofficial "Mark Servian for council" campaign film featuring images of assorted street theatre events Mark has been involved in, with a voice-over telling viewers he would represent Hamilton's "freaks and geeks". Bizarrely, the film also includes footage of a rhinoceros defecating. Mark was only alerted to the film when sent a link by a Times reporter, and denied any involvement in the production. Check it out here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iyDIqdzvg8



All over the place

Matamata-Piako mayoral wannabe Peter Davies took out classified ads in the South Waikato News, Piako Post and Matamata Chronicle touting his candidacy. The ads, a reprint of his flyer, make no mention of where he is standing for mayor, give his address as Dinsdale, Hamilton and have the slogan "Will be a vote for the right person, who will do his best he can to be your new mayor".



Hennebry's half-dead duck

Roger Hennebry's plan to use a soft toy to represent the city's CBD as a "dead duck" back fired on him when fellow mayoral candidate Julie Hardaker picked it up and it squeaked. She quickly replied, "See Roger it's not dead, it's still got life in it".




Mark this date for the big debate: September 28: That's when the Waikato Times Hamilton mayoral debate will be held and you can find out where the three main candidates stand on the big issues facing the city. We will put questions from our readers and from the floor to Bob Simcock, Julie Hardaker and Roger Hennebry. Come along and be part of the fun, but also send us questions to put on your behalf. Email them to election@waikatotimes.co.nz

The Waikato Times Hamilton mayoral debate, at the Celebrating Age Centre, Victoria St, 7pm.

September 13: Celebrating Age mayoral candidate meeting 10am - Victoria St held in the big hall.

September 13: Waikato District Council mayoral candidate and central Waikato Environment Waikato candidate meeting 7.30pm, Te Kowhai Community Hall.

September 13: Te Runanga O Kirikiriroa's mayoral and east ward candidate meeting 7pm, Kirikiriroa Marae 180 Dey Street.

September 14: Waimarie Community House's candidate meeting 7pm, Knox Church.

September 14: Waikato District Council mayoral candidate meeting 7pm, Huntly. Workingman's Club.

September 15: Candidate and mayoral candidate meeting 6pm, Flagstaff Club Commodore Ave, members and non members welcome.

September 15: Rotary and Lions is hosting on September 15 at 7.30 at the Memorial Hall.

September 16: West ward candidate meeting 7pm, Te Rapa Sportsdrome Lounge: Pukete Neighbourhood House.

September 16: Hamilton Community Arts Council's mayoral and council candidate meeting 7.30pm, The Meteor.

And make a mark in your diary for the Waikato Times mayoral debate on Tuesday, September 28 - your last chance to quiz the city's wannabe mayors. Email questions to elections@waikatotimes.co.nz




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