North-South Hamilton electorate split rejected, for now…

By |2020-05-06T09:20:35+12:00May 5th, 2020|Categories: News, Featured|

Turning Hamilton’s general electorates around to a north-south orientation to reflect the city’s actual demographic nature has been rejected for the 2020 and 2023 General Elections, but the Representation Commission is on notice that I will be pushing for the idea again when they reconvene in four years’ time. For the story prior to this [...]

SIGN THE PETITION: Vote STV for Hamilton

By |2019-10-15T14:19:23+12:00October 15th, 2019|Categories: Featured|

Election day 2019 didn't mark the end of our mahi. We're stoked with the increased participation, which has helped our elected council better reflect the community it represents but we've got a long way to go. In early 2020 the Hamilton City Council will do a review of our electoral system and we want a [...]

YWCA: #WomenCrushWednesday – Paula Southgate

By |2019-10-15T14:21:00+12:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: Interview, Featured|

Despite gaining the right to vote in 1893, it was still 26 years later in 1919 that the Women’s Parliamentary Rights Act was passed, finally allowing women to stand for election in the House of Representatives. This year there are 4 women running for their spot at Mayor, among them is Paula Southgate. We spoke [...]

YWCA: #WomenCrushWednesday – Meleane Burgess

By |2019-09-25T09:38:47+12:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: Interview, Featured|

It’s amazing to see so many incredible women put their hands up and run for Hamilton City Council this year. This week we are speaking to second time runner Meleane Burgess, also known as an everyday accountant, founder of Waikato Pacific Business Network, Good Collective Board Director and a recipient for the Suffrage 125 Waikato [...]

YWCA: #WomenCrushWednesday – Maxine van Oosten

By |2019-09-25T09:39:43+12:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: Interview, Featured|

With our annual Suffrage Event approaching where women candidates have the chance to speak to small groups of people from their wards, we are learning more and more about the different women running in local elections. We spoke with Maxine van Oosten about her priorities for council, running as a woman and what this year’s [...]

Organise Aotearoa survey responses

By |2019-09-25T10:01:01+12:00September 7th, 2019|Categories: News, Featured|

PRESS RELEASE: Hamilton City election survey released. Organise Aotearoa have surveyed and analysed all 75 candidates standing in the Hamilton City Council and Waikato Regional Council elections. “We have a lot of candidates who are forward-thinking, and have the best interests of the people of Hamilton in mind. They are ready to start a change [...]

Political Mix – Hamilton Mayoral Candidates

By |2019-09-02T11:54:24+12:00August 26th, 2019|Categories: Featured|

Hamilton, NZ's Politics In The Tron hosted Political Mix - a chance to hear from our 2019 Mayoral hopefuls - Andrew King, Angela O'Leary, Jack Gielen, James Casson, Louise Hutt, Paula Southgate. Nancy Caiger Gallery, Hamilton, NZ. 21 August 2019. 00:14 candidate opening statements 13:00 prepared questions to candidates 26:25 candidates discuss increasing participation [...]

Signs of hope? Young voters and local democracy

By |2019-09-02T11:13:40+12:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: Your Views, Featured|

This opinion piece was first published  on August 14 2019 on The Waikato University website. Republished with permission. Some people think reports of a greater number of young people standing in the local authority elections represents a “youthquake” in local government. It would be a good thing if it did. Hamilton City had the lowest voter [...]

The electoral system is why you can’t have a nice Council

By |2019-09-02T11:20:37+12:00August 20th, 2019|Categories: Your Views, Featured|

part/1 It may seem curious that no matter how dissatisfied Hamiltonians are with the behaviour of their city’s Councillors, they rarely vote any of them out of office, especially given that for the last twenty years we have had a propensity for voting out the incumbent Mayor.  It is not surprising if you understand the [...]

YWCA: #WomenCrushWednesday – Anna Smart

By |2019-09-02T11:55:22+12:00August 20th, 2019|Categories: Interview, Featured|

As the local elections approach we are seeing more and more incredible women pop up in campaigns to join the Hamilton City Council. One of these amazing women is Anna Smart, a local real estate agent and prominent volunteer and advocate in the Hamilton community. We asked Anna all about her campaign, and why young [...]

YWCA: #WomenCrushWednesday – Louise Hutt

By |2019-08-20T11:15:14+12:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: Interview, Featured|

May 8th 2019 After our amazing ‘Voices of Women’ event with #PoliticsInTheTron, DV Bryant, Free FM, Go Eco and The Meteor and the following practical workshop for Electioneering Women held by Kelli Pike, we were hoping some women would emerge in our local politics. Luckily Louise Hutt stepped up to the plate. We chatted to [...]

Seed Waikato: An aspiration to increase youth engagement

By |2019-08-20T11:17:14+12:00July 30th, 2019|Categories: Your Views, Featured|

Seed Waikato is a movement with a dream to see young people thrive. Led by young people for young people, our aim is to empower youth to connect, contribute and grow. Since launching in 2017, we have developed innovative events, workshops and online education, all focused on strengthening the wellbeing and resilience of young people, [...]

Stand for Waikato Regional Council

By |2019-08-08T16:03:36+12:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Featured|

Kelli from the Tron talks to Mali Ahipene, the Electoral Officer for the Waikato Regional Council. She finds out what the Waikato Regional Council actually does - the geographic area it covers and what potential candidates need to know. There's more information about being a candidate for the Waikato Regional Council here.  Listen to the [...]