Nation: Northcote by-election

Is anyone interested in the Northcote by-election?

As usual media select their preferred candidates and ignore the rest – poor democracy.

With a by-election looming, National’s Dan Bidois and Labour’s Shanan Halbert join Lisa Owen to discuss why they should be Northcote’s next MP.

One of them is almost certainly going to become an MP after the 9 June by-election.

Both are pushing themselves as a local electorate MP. That’s the nature of by-elections, but most of the country is likely to have little interest.

Auckland traffic problems is not the a particularly riveting topic.

I don’t really care who wins. It’s up to the Northcote voters who take the time to vote.

3 Comments

  1. Pete – Are there no rules that require media to give broad and fair coverage, particularly of elections?

    • Unfortunately not. I’ve challenged them on selective promotion in elections for years and they don’t care, they do what suits their purposes.

      I complained to RNZ head office once over selecting candidates and ignoring others and even they dismissed it, saying they needed to fit their format.

  2. A pity. Add that to the long list of loose or poor regulation in this country.