Mayoral Candidate Crone Wants to Be Mayor? How About Following Council Bylaws First #Auckland2016

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

8:02 am today

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 Auckland Transport Election Signs Bylaw 2013 limits the display of election signs to the period nine weeks prior to 8 October 2016 – election day.

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.

An Auckland Council spokesperson said Ms Crone must either remove the signs or alter them.

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.”

…….

Source: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/top/299770/mayoral-candidate-pulled-up-over-signs

 

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:

 

Crone cant follow a bylaw?
Crone cant follow a bylaw?

 

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!!!

 

Bean Head desking

 

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One thought on “Mayoral Candidate Crone Wants to Be Mayor? How About Following Council Bylaws First #Auckland2016

  1. Personally I think these laws are afoul of the principles Bill of Rights Act 1688 & 1990. The idea the Government has the power to prohibit political speech & somehow that is not infringing freedom of speech & expression is laughable. This is allow why I believe that the Bill of Rights should be supreme law not statue & question the idea Parliamentary Sovereignty which only appeared during Toryism of the middle 1700s mainly as a reaction to the American Colonies actions on taxation.

    “When then, my Lords, are all the generous efforts of our ancestors, are all those glorious contentions, by which they meant to secure themselves, and to transmit to their posterity, a known law, a certain rule of living, reduced to this conclusion, that instead of the arbitrary power of a King, we must submit to the arbitrary power of a House of Commons? If this be true, what benefit do we derive from the exchange? Tyranny, my Lords, is detestable in every shape; but in none is it so formidable as where it is assumed and exercised by a number of tyrants. But, my Lords, this is not the fact, this is not the constitution; we have a law of Parliament, we have a code in which every honest man may find it. We have Magna Charta, we have the Statute-book, and we have the Bill of Rights…It is to your ancestors, my Lords, it is to the English barons that we are indebted for the laws and constitution we possess. Their virtues were rude and uncultivated, but they were great and sincere…I think that history has not done justice to their conduct, when they obtained from their Sovereign that great acknowledgement of national rights contained in Magna Charta: they did not confine it to themselves alone, but delivered it as a common blessing to the whole people…A breach has been made in the constitution—the battlements are dismantled—the citadel is open to the first invader—the walls totter—the place is no longer tenable.—What then remains for us but to stand foremost in the breach, to repair it, or to perish in it?…let us consider which we ought to respect most—the representative or the collective body of the people. My Lords, five hundred gentlemen are not ten millions; and, if we must have a contention, let us take care to have the English nation on our side. If this question be given up, the freeholders of England are reduced to a condition baser than the peasantry of Poland…Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it; and this I know, my Lords, that where law ends, there tyranny begins.” Lord Chatham

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