Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Simple to Vote for the Super City

What do Rodney Hide, John Banks and Len Browne have in common?

They all agree that STV - Single Transferable Vote - is the best method to elect the mayor of Auckland.

Under STV, voters rank the candidates 1, 2, 3 ... If a candidate receives 50% or more of the votes, he or she is elected. If not, voter's second choices are transferred until a candidate gets over the 50% threshold. The elected mayor therefore enjoys the support of the majority of voters.

John Banks and Len Browne could receive a similar number of votes. Under First Past the Post a one vote margin could conceivably decide the mayoralty resulting in a minority mayor being elected.

The government has chosen to stay with FPP in Auckland on the basis that Auckland is already undergoing enough change. Given the importance of this election it would be an opportune time to adopt a fairer system.

Monday, November 2, 2009

from Refraction

Wonderful Waitakaruru!

If you should need convincing that art enhances public spaces, take a trip out to Waitakaruru Sculpture Park beyond Tauwhare (http://www.sculpturepark.co.nz/)

It is worth going just for the twenty five glass sculptures in the current exhibition but also to enjoy all the other striking, beautiful and intriguing art in the landscaped gardens of the former quarry. Rhododendrons in full bloom are an added bonus at this time of the year while the Leaping Frog cafe is a year-round treat.