Concerns about misinformation ahead of October’s local government election were raised at an Auckland Council Appointment and Performance Review Committee meeting on April 4.
Cr Richard Hills said that without the mayor and deputy mayor running this year, it might be more difficult to combat false claims. So far, eight Mayoral candidates had put their names forward.
“I believe we are nearing the point where misinformation will have a significant impact on our local election,” Hills said. “There seems to be a lack of awareness that Council is still operating under the emergency budget and this lack of awareness is helping in the spread of misinformation.”
Mayor Phil Goff said there needed to be a way of fact-checking some of the things that were coming out. He added that it might be his and deputy mayor Bill Cashmore’s job to do this as neither was seeking re-election.
Voting papers will be sent to all eligible voters from mid-September.