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SuperSeniors Newsletter June 2020

The Team from Office for Seniors

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Our June SuperSeniors Newsletter is out now, and it's filled with lots of useful and interesting information.

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6 hours ago

Change to STV (Single Transferable Vote) voting system

Geoff from Bay of Islands

The comment below titled “Ridiculous Result Summary” is what I wrote and posted in various places just after the elections in Oct. 2019. It will be interesting to see how many of the candidates who turned up for candidate meetings and who, if/when elected, guaranteed to support a change to STV keep their promises. I went to do the FNDC survey and saw the 2 litle pictures showing the difference between FPP and STV and, due to the small letters, it was, to me, virtually impossible to figure out what it was all about. It is for that reason that I am posting the results of the elections. There is a saying, “pictures speak louder than words,” in this instance I would take serious isuue with the saying since the words and NUMBERS really do tell it the way it is/was. The 2019 election results were even more ridiculous than previous because there were more candidates. It is typical that the FNDC is leaving it until the last minute to vote on the issue, just like they did last time in 2017. I remember reading somewhere that "FPP (First Past The Post) favours the incumbent so I did a quick search. I found this "www.odt.co.nz... which, although is dated 2008, is very interesting. The article says, among other things (1)It is good to see democracy in action," University of Otago senior political studies lecturer Dr Janine Hayward said. (2) Cr John Bezett said there was still confusion over STV and "I think we should consider going back to FPP". (3) Cr Dave Cull disagreed, saying the public had voted for STV in 2003 and, despite a decline in voting turnout, a return to FPP would not change numbers at the polling booth.
(4) Cr Bill Acklin said FPP worked in favour of incumbents and STV "worked in favour of newcomers", a claim backed by Cr Teresa Stevenson."We are starting to see a change under STV and I think that is healthy," she said.
Ridiculous Result Summary

Since it is still a slow Tuesday, I decided to take a look at all the results for FNDC elections. I had already covered BOI/Whangaroa which is where I live. You will find below the results for Te Hiku and Kaikohe

(1)Te Hiku 3 seats, 15 candidates,total votes cast 17,482

(i)First 2,584 15%

(ii)Second 1,853 11%

(iii)Third 1,852 11%

Summary

The 3 candidates were elected with a total of 37% of votes cast which means that in Te Hiku 63% of the votes were wasted/didn't count but, more importantly, in my humble opinion those elected were NOT wanted by 63% of the voters. This type of result would not/could not happen under STV. For a start, to be elected a candidate must secure a minimum number of votes, “the quota.” The “quota” is calculated by dividing the number of seats 3 plus 1 =4 into the number of votes counted 17,482. The quota, therefore, would be 4,370 which NOT A SINGLE candidate obtained.

(2)Kaikohe 2 seats, 12 candidates, total votes cast 6,953

(i)First 1,271 18%

(ii)Second 1,017 15%

Summary

The 2 candidates were elected with a total of 33% of votes cast, which means in Kaikohe 67% of the votes were wasted/did not count but, more importantly, in my humble opinion, those elected were NOT wanted by 67% of the voters. This type of result would not/could not happen under STV. For a start, to be elected a candidate must secure a minimum number of votes, “the quota.” The “quota” is calculated by dividing the number of seats 2 plus 1 =3 into the number of votes counted 6,953. The quota, therefore, would be 2,317 which NOT A SINGLE candidate obtained.

Here's a recap of the mayoral and BOI Whangaroa results just to reemphasise how ridiculous the results were

Mayor 1 seat 11 candidates total votes cast 19,527

Elected Carter 5,690 29%

Carter was, as shown above, elected with 29% of the votes cast which meant that 71% ( a whopping 13,837) wanted somebody else and their votes were wasted/didn't count.This type of result could not/would not happen under STV. For a start, to be elected a candidate must secure a minimum number of votes, “the quota.” The “quota” is calculated by dividing the number of seats 1 plus 1 =2 into the number of votes counted 19,527 The quota, therefore, would be 9,763 which, obviously, NOT A SINGLE candidate obtained.

BOI Whangaroa

4 seats 15 candidates total votes cast 30,703

(i)First 4,636 15%

(ii)Second 3,345 11%

(iii)Third 2,780 9%

(iv)Fourth 2,756 9%

The 4 candidates were elected with a total of 44% of votes cast, which means in BOI/Whangaroa, 56% of the votes were wasted/did not count but, more importantly, in my humble opinion, those elected were NOT wanted by 56% of the voters. This type of result would not/could not happen under STV. For a start, to be elected a candidate must secure a minimum number of votes, “the quota.” The “quota” is calculated by dividing the number of seats 4 plus 1 =5 into the number of votes counted 30,703. The quota, therefore, would be 6.140 which NOT A SINGLE candidate obtained.

We CAN, as I have said before, make the change to STV if we have the WILL Sections 27-29 of the Local Electoral Act 2001 provide the mechanism. Section 27 is the simple way, the council, of its own volition, votes to do it, Section 29 is the more complicated/difficult way if the council refuses to do it. We have to get 5% of registered voters to request a poll. I HOPE that after all the exposure, the new council will do what is best for WE the PEOPLE.

Finally, does this ring any bells with any of you after the elections? "Disenfranchised -having no power to make people listen to your opinion or to affect the society you live in. "STV can help to change that

11 hours ago

How eco-friendly is your grocery shopping?

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Most of us like to think we're doing what we can to lessen our impact on the environment, but how green is your weekly shop?

Beyond the eco-swaps you’ve probably already made, here are some of the least eco-friendly grocery store items to steer clear of next time you're loading up your trolley, with minimal disruption to your routine.

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