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DECISION 2011 THE ELECTION IS COMING ...


There’s an election and a referendum coming on November 26 this year so we asked the Electoral Commission what it was all about.


What are the electoral boundaries for our readership? The Titirangi Tatler reaches voters in three electorates – Waitakere, New Lynn and Tamaki Makaurau. The boundary between the Waitakere and New Lynn electorates runs roughly East to West


through the Waitakere Ranges. Huia, Laingholm and Titirangi are in the New Lynn electorate. Te Henga down to Piha then east across to Waiatarua and Oratia are in the Waitakere electorate. The Maori electorate of Tamaki Makaurau includes the whole area covered by the Titirangi Tatler.


But it’s not just the election this year? Election day is Saturday November 26, and this year’s election is more important than ever.


Not only will New Zealand be voting for the politicians and political parties who will lead the country, we’ll also be voting in a referendum on the system we use to choose those politicians.


What’s the referendum about? The Referendum gives you the chance to have your say on the voting system you’d like to


use to elect New Zealand’s Parliaments in the future. You will be asked two questions. The first question asks whether you want to keep MMP


(which is the voting system we use at the moment) or whether you want to change to another voting system. The second question asks which of four other voting systems you would choose if New Zealand decides to change from MMP.


Is the outcome of the Referendum binding? The 2011 Referendum on the Voting System is “indicative”. This means that nothing will


change as a result of this Referendum alone. If at least half of voters opt to keep MMP, there will be an independent review of MMP in 2012 to recommend any changes that should be made to the way it works. The Electoral Commission will conduct the review and the public will have the opportunity to give their views. If more than half of voters opt to change the voting system, the Government will decide whether there will be another Referendum in 2014 where voters would choose between MMP and the alternative voting system that got the most support in the 2011 Referendum. You can find out more about the Referendum, the questions and the options from www.referendum.org.nz or by calling 0800 36 76 56.


When does the election campaign start? You’ll see lots of information from the electoral agencies about the


General Election and Referendum on the Voting System from October onwards. Political parties and candidates will also be advertising right up until the day before the election. All candidate and party advertising must come down by midnight on November 25.


Who are the current MPs in our electorates? David Cunliffe is New Lynn’s current MP, Dr Pita Sharples is the MP for Tamaki Makaurau, and Paula Bennett is the MP for Waitakere.


When will we know who this year’s candidates are? Anyone can stand for parliament, and this year nominations close


on November 1. Voters will be able to find out who is standing in their electorate, and who is on each party’s list, from November 2.


Is that all I need to know? Almost! To have your say in this year’s General Election and Referendum you must first be enrolled to vote. It’s easy to enrol. Get an enrolment form from any PostShop, by Freetexting your name and address to 3676, Freephone 0800 36 76 56, or by visiting www. elections.org.nz.


PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS – THEY SUPPORT US AUGUST 2011 TITIRANGI TATLER 25


Please contact me for enquiries or assistance


3133B Great North Road, New Lynn PO Box 15 1111, New Lynn 0640 P +64 9 827 3062 newlynnmp@parliament.govt.nz


Authorised by David Cunliffe, 3133b Great North Road, New Lynn


CUNLIFFE David MP for New Lynn


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