2019 Local Body Elections

Election scorecards help voters make informed choices

We’re proud to announce the national release of our local body election climate scorecards for 2019! 

 

In local body elections, it can be tough to understand a candidate’s position on important issues, based only on their candidate blurbs or appearances in the media. 

 

The election scorecards mean voters can easily see how well candidates understand climate change, and what actions they would take to reduce emissions and create more livable cities for everyone. 

 

Democracy works best when electors are more informed. We reckon think it’s vital for voters to be able to make decisions informed by candidates stance on and approach to climate change, the defining issue of our time.

 

To create the scorecards, our volunteers have put in thousands of volunteer hours to interview as many local body election candidates as possible, across all of New Zealand’s main centres. 

 

Candidate’s answers were scored by a panel of Generation Zero volunteers, and given a rating based on how well their interview answers agreed with key actions to create more liveable cities, mitigate the worst aspects of climate change, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

 

We’re now in a place where the politics of climate change needs to be a focus on solutions at every level, from local board elections on up. These scorecards, along with other policy-scoring and candidate-ranking efforts from other organisations, give voters the tools they need to understand which candidates will focus on solutions to climate change, as well as working to create more livable (and fun!) towns and cities that benefit all citizens.

 

Generation Zero Scorecards

Auckland: https://aucklandelections.co.nz/

All Other Regions: http://www.localelections.nz/



Voting information - How to vote

Auckland: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/elections/information-for-voters/Pages/how-to-vote-local-body-elections.aspx

Auckland’s “one stop shops” for voting: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/elections/information-for-voters/Documents/one-stop-shop-locations.pdf

Hamilton: https://www.yourcityelections.co.nz/vote

Wellington: https://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/elections/local-elections-2019/how-to-vote

Christchurch: http://www.ccc.govt.nz/the-council/how-the-council-works/council-elections/voting/

Dunedin: https://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council/electoral-information

 

Other resources

Spinoff PolicyLocal: https://www.policylocal.nz/

Bike Auckland: https://www.bikeableauckland.nz/

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