Back on 4th. August I wrote a post that deal primarily with my ongoing attempt to change the voting system in the Far North from “FPP” (First Past The Post) to “STV” (Single Transferable Vote). It included a releavant article that appeared in The Northern Advocate in September 2017. Since I had received ttention personally from the author of the article I included a few comments. I also posted the item on several Northland Facebook pages. My post on Neighbourly was quickly removed. I received the following Your message is on hold
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Moving right along let's deal with this “Can I post controversial topics or non-local issues on Neighbourly?” Would readers not agree that “Climate Change/Global Warming,” call it what you like, is a “controversial topic?” I just had a look at some of Denise Piper's articles on neighbourly and,in my humble opinion, some of them are both controversial and non local but her stuff remains. Seems like different strokes for different folks. There was a lso the post on “Student Strike For Climate Change.” I think that would count as controversial. I also have to wonder how “local” to us are articles in The Whangarei Leader.” I also recall recently seeing a post from “Manly Market” I think it was, how local is THAT? I just had a look at Manly Neithbourly and saw this Poll: Are you happy owning your own home, or renting? From Paul Reporter from Stuff which is also on or site There is also the question of whther Neighbourly is “a Publisher” or “a Platform.” Ashleigh from Neighbourly Helpdesk”We don't refer to Neighbourly as a Publisher “ If Neighbourly is not a Publisher, it is a platform like Facebook and can be compared with a phone company which does not publish, it merely transmits and a phone company cannot prevent you amking a phone call just because it doesn't agree with what you might say on the phone.
It will be interesting to see what happens to THIS post, if they get really upset it may be “The last post!”
Northland MP Matt King is floating a member's bill which would require the criminal history of election candidates to be published, if they were convicted of a crime punishable by two or more years' jail time. What do you think? Would it change the way you vote?