By Queenie Rikihana
Who’s hoarding (most of) the roadside Election billboard space?
No prizes – right. It’s obviously National party as one can’t turn a corner or zoom along State Highway 1 without seeing masses of the powder blue hoardings of our incumbent government.
I chose this topic for my first because I’m trying to get a ‘local’ feel for this election.
What’s interesting is what’s not on the billboards.
Phil Goff goes missing
Missing is Phil Goff’s pic alongside the new Labour Otaki nominee Peter Foster. Not so Otaki MP Nathan Guy who’s hardly seen without John Key.
And where are the rest of the political parties?
Well, on SH1 to Levin the Maori Party and Tariana Turia have three, Labour four, NZ First one, and none for thge Green Party or Mana Party.
Actually, though, I make the Greens the winners in content. It’s clever to portray our ‘future’ with good looking healthy children set in a pristine natural location. I noted ,too, the boy is wearing a pounamu.
So how about content? Well two weeks ago when I started thinking about this topic it was just Labour who had policy billboards reminiscent of the party pledges of Labour’s Helen Clark two elections ago.
Labour kicks off
Labour’s campaign has just started and they’ve come out saying they will not have a Presidential style campaign featuring leader Phil Goff. Wise move and we had already noticed.
Locally, they have had smaller signs outlining the No Asset Sales, $15 minimum wage and Capital Gains Tax promises.
Although Key unveiled his seven party policy platforms on October 11, few appeared here before this last week. They are pledging to get tough on crime, rebuild Christchurch, balance the books, etc.
And now – the only game in town
So after the Rugby World Cup and now that the golden Webb trophy is in the cabinet, hold tight for the only game in town till November 26, with election ad campaigns on TV and in the press.
Personally I still long for the McGillicuddy Serious party candidate who made some humorous local pledges in the 1984 – 1999 era.
The following one was made when beachside house prices were leaping ahead of income: When asked by a reporter what the candidate would do for Kapiti voters he replied – (I paraphrase) “We will be towing Kapiti Island out to sea because, quite frankly, it spoils the view.”