Kapiti Election — Signs of Discontent?

Labour candidate Rob McCann with one of his undamaged housing crisis signs

Labour candidate accuses Council of ‘vandalising’ housing signs

The Otaki Labour candidate, Rob McCann, has accused the Kapiti Coast Council of ‘vandalising’ signs publicising a meeting on the housing crisis.

He says “(It) has caused a great deal of unnecessary angst following revelations that three ‘Housing Crisis’ meeting signs had been taken by council, despite earlier assurances from council that they had not been involved.

“We checked with the Kapiti Council last week and were told they were 99% sure it wasn’t the council that took the Housing Meeting signs. Now they have now informed us they took the signs and promised to return the stolen property,” he says.

One sign missing, says McCann

And Mr McCann says that when he went to pick up the signs, the council were unable to locate one and had destroyed the framework of another.

“This is vandalism, bureaucratic nonsense and political interference or deference. The people of Kapiti should be able to decide if they want to go to a housing meeting, not the council, and they should not cave into complaints by people who don’t want housing raised as an issue in our community,” said Mr McCann.

“We are appalled that the council would stifle free speech like this, not inform the owner of the billboards, or even inform each other of their actions.

“As a Labour Candidate, I am not going to complain about Nathan Guy’s electioneering signs welcoming the expressway, supporting a cycle way or even the one about driving safely at Christmas. They demonstrate an MP trying to pretend he still lives in our electorate and focus on being portrayed as one of the people.”

‘Guy signs paid for by our tax’

“Those Guy signs were signs paid for by our tax dollars, and the council had no problem with them. It also raises some serious questions about KCDC’s ability to behave in politically neutral manner. Our current MP has had signs up for months which are pure electioneering and KCDC haven’t touched them.”

Mr McCann says the fact KCDC has an issue with a Housing Meeting sign needs some explaining and an apology.