Skating close to voting cut-off

NPDC has been busting a move to get more votes in ballot boxes before the cut off this Saturday at noon.

Time is running out for residents to vote with just two-and-a-half days to go before voting closes to decide who sits around the next council tables.

On Wednesday the council set up a ballot box at the Zeal Great Skate at East End Skate Park.

It was a chance to reach younger voters who were at the event, which was organised by youth group Zeal and featured skating contests, entertainment and food.

NPDC’s Jacqueline Baker said it was great to talk to skateboarders and scooter-riders about the election.

“There was a lot of switched-on people who care about their community at the event so it was good to spread the word about the election with time running out to vote,” she said.

“East End Skate Park wouldn’t be there without a collaboration between skaters, youth, the public and NPDC, which shows why voting is important for everyone in our community.”

Residents can drop their vote at the TSB Showplace, TSB Stadium, Ōākura Library, the Mobile Library, Todd Energy Aquatic Centre, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Puke Ariki until noon this Friday, 11 October. Ballot boxes are also at the Civic Centre and the Bell Block, Waitara and Inglewood Library and Service Centres until noon on Saturday, 12 October.
NPDC is holding another Drive-Thru voting booth on 12 October from 9am till noon where residents can stop and drop their votes on Liardet Street, outside the Civic Centre.