Have a say on public transport, hospital waiting lists, rubbish collection, footpaths, parks…

Vote 2007New Zealanders have now got just over a week left to vote for our local councillors, mayor and district health board. And Finsec union councillors from around the country are stressing the importance of union members taking their chance to vote:

“To have your say, you need to speak out, to speak out, you need to be heard, to be heard you must vote. It doesn’t take more than a few minutes of your time, but it takes a long time to change.”
Debbi Wilding, BNZ Paraparaumu

“It is important to vote at Local Body Elections as people who are candidates live in your area or township/city and deal with or are familiar with the same issues that are common and can relate to them. They need your support and representation to resolve them.”
Nola Macken, St Lukes

“The influence of local government on my daily life is equal to that of central government. Transport, environment, water, roading and footpaths, social support (from helping the homeless to graffiti cleaning) and regional infrastructure. By voting for my local representatives I have the opportunity to have a like-minded person address the issues that concern me.”
Robert Morgan, Carlton Gore

“It is a privilege to be giving the opportunity to let your voice be heard. To vote is a right there some people do not have. Use your right to vote to get your message across. Local body elections are most important because these directly relate to you and your family’s community.”
Graham Lee, Huapai/Kumeu

Elections close on 13 October. For your vote to count make sure you send off your forms by Thursday 11 October. Best of all, post it today so that you don’t forget!

While Finsec does not endorse any specific candidates for local elections, unions through the NZ Council of Trade Unions support policies that benefit ordinary working people such as public ownership of important assets, good public transport, and investment in community facilities. Have a good look at the policies of the candidates in your area and work out which people best reflect your views on these and other issues.

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