Mayoral Candidate Crone Unrepentant
One of the first things ANY candidate for any position on Auckland Council or even Government does is read the bylaws around electioneering including when and where you can place election campaign material.
Auckland Council and Auckland Transport have bylaws (that can be made available on demand) around when and where you can place your campaign signs.
Mayoral Candidate Victoria Crone thinks such bylaws are above her apparently.
From Radio NZ:
Mayoral candidate pulled up over signs
A candidate for Auckland mayor appears to have broken a local law by putting up election signs months before they are allowed to be erected
Victoria Crone’s billboards on Hobson Street in Auckland’s CBD, St Georges Bay Road, The Strand in Parnell and one in Orewa, have been deemed election signs by Auckland Council electoral staff.
The earliest an election sign is allowed to be displayed is 6 August.
Marguerite Delbet, Auckland Council manager democracy services, contacted Ms Crone by phone and explained the requirements of the bylaw and how the period for display applied to all election signs, including commercial billboards.
In a statement, Ms Crone said she disagreed with the council’s interpretation and was seeking further advice.
“If only [the] Council was as focused on cutting waste and getting their spending under control as they are on my campaign.
“The Orewa sign was for a public meeting with the local community and it’s incredibly disappointing that council’s wasting time and resources trying to restrict candidates from engaging with local communities.”
Even Cameron Slater of Whale Oil gives Crone a serve here: WHO IS ADVISING VIC CRONE? THE MUPPET SHOW?
It is rather simple: before any campaign is mounted you read up on any bylaws a local authority might have in place. Standard Elections 101 stuff.
Standard Elections 102 is to admit fault and apologise in which Crone did this:
Last I checked Council enforcing its own bylaws is a CORE (regulatory) SERVICE!
So if a Mayoral Candidate can’t follow a straight forward bylaw how can they be Mayor when they sit at the top of the organisation that creates and enforces them? Seems it would just take the mickey out of bylaws including Booze Bans and Food Safety Bylaws!!!