38 days ago

Possible record low for voter turnout as 12pm deadline looms

Caroline Williams Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Only 31 per cent of people in New Zealand's biggest city have voted in the Local Body Elections, with polls set to close at midday.

As of Saturday morning, Auckland voter turnout was sitting at 31.48 per cent, which is 3.7 per cent lower than in 2016 and 1.7 per cent below 2013, which had the lowest ever turnout for an Auckland Council election.

Usually the last day of voting will add between two and three per cent, meaning this years election could fall short of the 2013 low of 35.2 per cent.

Click the link to read more and find out how to vote if you are yet to do so, but be quick - you only have until 12pm.

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13 hours ago

Poll: Should horse racing be banned?

The team from Neighbourly.co.nz

The Melbourne Cup can be seen as an excuse for people to dress to the nines and get so drunk that they often miss seeing the races.

The physical and psychological pain these horses suffer is immense, with the movement against horse racing growing as animal welfare advocates call for change. What do you think? Should horse racing be banned? Vote in the poll below.

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Should horse racing be banned?
  • 39.2% Definitely - it’s inhumane
    39.2% Complete
  • 11.8% No - it’s a bit of harmless fun
    11.8% Complete
  • 5.8% I don’t have an opinion
    5.8% Complete
  • 43.2% Only for those found guilty of abuse
    43.2% Complete
669 votes
6 hours ago

Gotta be in it to win it!

The Team from Round the Bays

Hey Neighbours have ya heard the news?

We're giving you the chance to win the ultimate RTB training pack! 🎉 It's loaded with Under Armour gear and an Auckland Council Pools and Leisure 3 month membership - the two perfect tools to help you get your training underway!

Simply purchase your Supersaver #RTB2020 entry before they finish on December 2nd and you're in the draw.

Secure your Supersaver entries here: www.roundthebays.co.nz...

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7 hours ago

Guinness world record: Toastmasters complete marathon

Alison Perkins from Pakuranga Toastmasters

Congratulations to all who took part in this magnificent event. With 25 independent witnesses monitoring the speakers in four hour shifts, from Easter Sunday 11 am continuously one after the other until the Friday evening.

171 Toastmasters gave 381 speeches, all over 7 minutes, some over an hour. All with an audience throughout and no more than 30 seconds between speakers.

Subjects presented were many and varied, including personal stories. The confidence that successful Toastmasters gain was on show throughout.

The Toastmasters ethics, integrity, they promised to be there. Respect, they supported each other. Service, they turned up. Excellence, they did it in style.

They achieved the Guinness World Record Speech Marathon 127 hours 31 minutes 43 seconds.

Officially amazing!

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