General Election 2020
Why am I seeing posts from election candidates on my newsfeed?
In the lead up to the 2020 General Election, election candidates can purchase a Candidate Profile to initiate discussions with their electorate.
If you do not wish to see posts from a particular Candidate Profile, you can hide this content from your newsfeed by visiting the profile (clicking on the name) and changing 'following' to 'unfollowing'.
General Election 2020 Advertising options for Candidates
Neighbourly provides an opportunity for elected MPs and candidates running in the 2020 General Election to engage directly with address registered members in their electorate.
Advertising options this year include Candidate Profiles, allowing candidates to use Neighbourly's posting feature to seek volunteers, announce events, share visions and discuss community values with Neighbourly members. Candidate Profiles can also be used to create polls to gather the community’s feedback, and receive questions directly to a Neighbourly inbox.
For information about any of Neighbourly's 'digital doorknock' advertising options, please get in touch with us here.
How to post from my Candidate Profile
Elected MPs and candidates running in the 2020 General Election are eligible for a Candidate Profile on Neighbourly. If you haven't applied for a Candidate Profile yet, please get in touch.
Once your Candidate Profile has been created, follow the steps below to post your first message.
Click on POST A MESSAGE, EVENT, POLL OR URGENT ALERT on your Candidate page
Choose Neighbours: Select ‘All Neighbourhoods’ if your post is relevant to the whole electorate, or 'Pick Neighbourhoods' to address specific suburbs
Public Post - Tick this option if you'd like your post to be seen by non-members
Enter a subject and message
Select 'Noticeboard' as the category
Include a url if you wish to link to your website
Schedule: Use this tool if you'd like your post to go live at a specific time.
Add an eye-catching image or downloadable document
Note: Please ensure you're abiding by Neighourly's Guidelines for Candidate Profiles by posting no more than twice a week.
Discussing politics and the 2020 General Election
While politics can be a divisive topic, we’re aware that in the lead up to the General Election New Zealanders will naturally want to use social platforms like Neighbourly to discuss their political views.
This year Neighbourly is welcoming election candidates onto the site to share their community visions, events and other resources with their electorates, so discussions on your newsfeed may look a little more political than they usually do.
Provided political discussions are civil they will not be removed by the Neighbourly team, however we do have a few guidelines we are asking members to adhere to.
To ensure the conversation is relevant and engaging to everyone in your neighbourhood, keep the conversation focused on your local community.
Explain why a political event or policy is of concern to your community. Connect it back to your specific suburb/neighbourhood
Discuss policies over politicians
Allow others to share their perspectives, even if you disagree
Remind contributors to keep their comments civil if the discussion is becoming unfriendly
Disable comments or remove your post if the conversation isn’t productive
Abide by the Neighbourly Guidelines
Call anyone (including politicians) names
Belittle/humiliate/personally attack others
Report posts simply because you disagree with the perspective shared
Campaign (heavily/repeatedly push a political party or candidate) or push an agenda
Spam or dominate conversation
Hijack posts (raise an unrelated topic)
Discuss global politics
Note: If your post does not directly relate to your local community, we always recommend posting in a Neighbourly Group instead.
But I don’t want to see political discussions on Neighbourly!
If you’re not interested in seeing these discussions on your newsfeed you can:
Hide the post: click '...' below the post and select HIDE THIS MESSAGE from the drop-down menu.
Mute the original poster: click '...' below the post and select MUTE USER from the drop-down menu.
Unfollow the Candidate Profile: click on the candidate's profile name and once on their profile, click 'Following' to the top right of their profile to Unfollow.
Please avoid commenting on the thread to say “this doesn’t belong on Neighbourly” or “this should be removed”. Political content will not be removed unless it breaches the Neighbourly Guidelines, but you can private message the original poster to share some feedback with them.