Cartoon - Political theatrics at candidates meeting

By: James Nicolls

After several postponements, the Wellsford candidates’ debate nearly reached its 100-person maximum under Level 2.5 when it was finally held on October 1, just as early voting started. The only empty seats were the entire front row.

Moderator Brian Mason was surprised by the appearance of Advance Party New Zealand leader Billy Te Kahika.

Mr Te Kahika stacked the crowd with 10 to 20 supporters who filled the back rows and cheered everything he said.

Labour candidate Marja Lubeck had only stacked the crowd with one supporter, but they managed to submit a potent question for the candidates to answer – how is it that Marja has done such a good job for Rodney? ... read more


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