37 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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6 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?
  • 39.5% Definitely - it’s inhumane
    39.5% Complete
  • 10.2% No - it’s a bit of harmless fun
    10.2% Complete
  • 4.7% I don’t have an opinion
    4.7% Complete
  • 45.6% Only for those found guilty of abuse
    45.6% Complete
342 votes
1 hour ago

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1 hour ago

McDonald's workers past and present look set for a payout, after faulty payroll systems incorrectly calculated their holiday pay.

Brian from New Lynn

Unite Union national director Mike Treen says the incorrect payments could apply to workers as far back as November 2009. "Unite Union believes that could be as many as 60,000 staff and millions of dollars will be involved," Mr Treen said today in a statement. Other Kiwi companies using the faulty payroll system have only chosen to provide remediation dating back the legally required six years, Mr Treen says. McDonald's spokesman Simon Kenny confirmed the remediation process has begun at their end. "We have spent tens of thousands of hours working on what is a hugely complex project, in order to ensure the approach to making calculations is correct," Mr Kenny told. "With the agreement in place we can now start the process of doing individual calculations. "As other companies working on annual leave remediation have done, we will advertise when we have worked through the calculations and will have a website current and former employees can log into."
Last month, the Government announced it will pay up to $650 million to fix long-running holiday pay deficit for DHB workers.
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