HE'S A POET
Anyone who isn't catching Hamilton East candidate Peter Humphreys' lyrical Facebook series on his lifelong journey to the Tron is missing a real treat.
"Arrive in the land of the long white cloud. Springbok Tour, Muldoon, Country Calendar, Pavlova, plenty of sun, sand and a new family. A dog named Gandalf and me to take to the water..."
Well worth the 'like', and a nice, personal hook.
It's all about the details: incumbent Hamilton mayoral candidate Julie Hardaker's campaign launch shindig was the slick exercise you'd expect.
Unfortunately Julie's tightly-run election ship came an embarassing cropper with the expensive-looking 'Julie's Plan'
fold-outs dished to attendees.
Someone forgot to include the standard 'authorised by' statement demanded by electoral rules.
Hardaker was reluctant to point the finger at her team and claimed "very few" had made it into people's hands.
ON THE TELLY
Dave Macpherson and Ewan Wilson have taken their Hamilton mayoral campaign to the airwaves with releases of competing television adverts, both ads ironically shot by the same city production company.
Both look to be targeting the older, voting public, booking slots on TV ONE.
Time will tell how much of the pairs' campaign budget the adverts have sucked up.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS
Red faces all round at South Waikato District Council after they royally botched candidate profiles on their website and in printed booklets to be mailed out with voting papers, introducing errors that weren't there before.
One brassed-off candidate who spotted the basic spelling mistakes prompted a quick spell check and correction of the web profiles, but elections staff say the $9000 cost of reprinting booklets is not justified.
BILLBOARD WAR WON
Annoyed Matamata-Piako candidates are still simmering after being potted by a rival for election signage on the wrong side of the rules.
Council officials issued abatement notices after the complaint forcing four candidates to rip out their signs and replace them with ones that had the right-sized words on them.
Among them was mayoral candidate Jan Barnes, pictured replacing her non-compliant signage.
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