Drug advocate, anarchist and anti-vaxxer among Northcote by-election candidates

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A “non-voter,” an anti-vaccination activist, a treaty-dissenter and an advocate for marijuana: no, it’s not a shaggy dog ​​story. Meet the candidates running for votes – or non-votes – at Northcote.

Six laggards in Northcote’s byelection in Auckland bring the total to eight, including Dan Bidois of National and Shanan Halbert of Labor, both of whom have been campaigning since mid-April.

The Election Commission released official confirmation of the candidates on Tuesday afternoon and they are likely to suit all tastes.

In strict alphabetical order, here they are:

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STEPHEN BERRY – ACT

Dan Bidois of National and Shanan Halbert of Labor were announced as candidates on April 16 and have been campaigning for nearly a month.

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Dan Bidois of National and Shanan Halbert of Labor were announced as candidates on April 16 and have been campaigning for nearly a month.

ACT’s Stephen Berry, who ran for East Coast Bays in last year’s general election and mayor of 2013, said he would give Northcote a ‘maverick’.

“I will vote that the people of Northcote will not be forced to vote for the party’s succession.”

Berry said he could come up with practical solutions to Northcote’s problems, including building a new highway to solve Onewa Rd congestion. This would be funded by using $ 58 million raised by raising the age to receive retirement pension at age 67.

Stephen Berry has said he would be Northcote's “maverick”.

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Stephen Berry has said he would be Northcote’s “maverick”.

DAN BIDOIS – NATIONAL

Dan Bidois from National would like to remove the fuel tax and test a return of the T3 lane from Onewa Rd to T2. He supported SkyPath as long as it didn’t impact the residents of Northcote Pt, and housing densification, as long as the infrastructure was in place.

TRICIA CHEEL – DEMOCRATS FOR SOCIAL CREDIT

Rebekah Jaung says climate change is a key issue for the Green Party.

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Rebekah Jaung says climate change is a key issue for the Green Party.

Tricia Cheel, who organized the film screenings Vaxxed and ran for mayor on anti-fluoride and anti-glyphosate platforms, now calls on all parties to stop election spending and donate to food banks instead. Cheel said she plans to do so and encourages voters to donate campaign money to a Give-a-little page.

Cheel believed MP Jonathan Coleman should donate for stepping down and calling the $ 1 million by-election.

“We can take advantage of the election that should never have taken place.”

Shanan Halbert of the Labor Party sits with PM Jacinda Ardern during her election campaign event on Sunday.

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Shanan Halbert of the Labor Party sits with PM Jacinda Ardern during her election campaign event on Sunday.

Cheel planned to economically finance problem-solving projects by borrowing money from the Reserve Bank.

SHANAN HALBERT – WORK

Housing, transportation and education were top priorities for Shanan Halbert, who campaigned strongly that he had been living in the electorate since buying his first home seven years ago. He would advocate for SkyPath, light rail to shore and other projects in Auckland’s transport alignment plan.

Affordable housing and mental health care were other priorities.

REBEKAH JAUNG – GREEN

Rebekah Jaung said the political landscape had changed since running for Northcote in the general election, which was a difficult time for the Green Party. Now she planned to build on the positive momentum the party had gained with new leadership.

The main problems were transport, housing and health. However, extreme weather events and water quality issues also put climate change at the heart of people’s concerns, Jaung said.

“We must take action against climate change,” she said. “It leads well in all other areas. Then, when it comes to housing and transport, how can we do it in a sustainable way? “

KYM KOLONI – INDEPENDENT

Candidate Kim Koloni returned as an independent, after campaigning with NZ First in a controversial general election last year.

Koloni shocked many voters with his pledges to remove the Treaty of Waitangi from New Zealand law and his slogan “Kiwi, not Iwi” at a meet the candidates event at Northcote.

JEFF LYE – AOTEAROA LEGALIZE CANNABIS PARTY

Aotearoa Legalize Cannabis party co-leader Jeff Lye would like to make it legal to cultivate cannabis for medical purposes. The party would like to see hemp grow as a business. In addition, they want the recreational use of cannabis to be legalized.

LIAM WALSH – Nap

NAP stands for “not a party,” according to its website, which in the last election urged people not to vote. Liam Walsh is listed as “not a prospect” on the website, alongside other party members with roles such as culture vulture, party hat minister, unicorn pirate and military attaché.

Walsh says incumbent MP Jonathan Coleman is doing voters a favor by stepping down and suggests they go one step further and not vote. However, if he had to enter, Walsh would help everyone by doing nothing at all.

“What I promise you, Northcote, is that nothing should change. If I am elected, I promise to be an MP even less effective than Jonathan: I will do even less than him, participate even less in democracy and I will even have less impact on your lives because, unlike everyone else the other candidates, I trust you. You got this. You can meet in your communities and make your own calls.

CALENDAR

Voting abroad begins on May 23. Advance polling begins May 28.

Eight advance polls will be available, including for the first time at The Warehouse store in Birkenhead, and 16 polling stations will be open on election day.

The last day to register is June 8, before election day on June 9.


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