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Your vote and genuine democracyIn a true democracy every man and woman is taught to think for himself or herself.
— Mahatma Gandhi

By Mary Hobbs

Some weeks ago, I watched footage of a “reporter” — and that description is used loosely —banging on the front door of a house in Christchurch and shouting at the resident through the letter-flap. She didn’t have an appointment, but was zealous in her attempt to talk to a woman who had shown the courage to step up and represent her community in the local body elections. The reporter was sent out to interview/interrogate the candidate, as it was understood that she was connected with Voices for Freedom, a very successful national group set up by three power-house young women to help bring Kiwis together, keep them informed with factual interviews from international experts, and to help locals connect, become more resilient and self-sufficient and make their communities stronger. They have an additional website (www.rebuildfree.com) with helpful information here.

It was of concern that this reporter, and presumably her employer, considered this type of bullying and intimidation acceptable, especially when seemingly ignoring the affiliations other candidates may have to various groups and main political parties, particularly Labour, as it is understood that their candidates are apparently required to vote for Labour ideologies even if in direct opposition to the wishes of the local voters they purport to represent. (Three Waters is one example). It has apparently been this way for some time. Reference: (NZCPR) the NZ Centre for Political Research, here. (This site also gives links to the Labour site that list their backed candidates.) Further detail on the process that voters may be unaware was highlighted well by Chris Milne, a lawyer, businessman and Hutt City councillor.

A Voices for Freedom editorial enlarged on this, as did Dr Muriel Newman, for the NZCPR, on 3 September, 2022 who suggests that perhaps it is time an Editor’s Code was introduced into NZ, in a similar way to how it operates in the UK.

The government-sponsored funding of mainstream media should stop, as it has been difficult for many to find genuinely unbiased journalism on key issues since that circus began. Letters to the editor that don’t mirror the views of the current government are dropped, dissenting voices are silenced, ridiculed or slandered, and the public is left with paid shills and a cancel culture.

Some weeks later, mainstream media gleefully reported lists of candidates, by region, who were affiliated with Voices for Freedom.

This was unexpectedly helpful, for it gave the voter an easy guide to find those standing in local body elections who would be likely to know that their first duty is to their voters and they are there to represent them, champion freedom of choice, the NZ Bill of Rights, and are keen on practical ideas of how to bring people together and help make local areas more self-sufficient. It is of course up to the voter to do their own research and sound this out with those they are considering voting for, but it is a good list with which to start.

In these strange times, it seems anyone affiliated with VFF, or “unapproved” groups, who speak out, or dare to stand for council, are hunted down by mainstream media and harassed. They (the “press”) seem to be just one step away from frenzied fund-raisers for a local pond in town centres, complete with ducking-stool.

Your vote and genuine democracyDemocracy is when the people keep a government in check.
— Aung San Suu Kyi

More recently, I watched footage of another meeting in Christchurch where the moderator asked aspirants at a local “meet the candidates” gathering to stand up if they had been “vaccinated”. Rightfully, there was a howl of protest from the crowd. Not taking the hint, the moderator plunged ever-deeper into the cess-pool of discrimination and proceeded to ask those who hadn’t been injected to stand. Those candidates were roundly cheered.

Those standing for local body elections are there to represent the people, not the local branch of big Pharma. What next? A full medical history? A tick box on cultural roots and questionnaires on religious beliefs or “climate change”?

Would they also request Labour candidates standing for local elections declare what they receive from the Party? Are Labour candidates, and others affiliated with major parties, required to disclose what is required of them if they receive monetary backing from a political party or campaign with a Labour logo? If successful would they be required to vote on local issues according to the wishes of that party? Labour is one example where this is apparently so.

Does it mean they have to vote ‘yes’ to the current government ramming in the mostly despised Three Waters where they propose to steal the local infrastructure from ratepayers, and put four extra layers of “management” in to run it while possibly selling off the irreplaceable assets — built up and paid for by many generations of ratepayers — to offshore interests and condemning ratepayers to lives of servitude paying for water that is already paid for in the current exorbitant rating system? (Nor has any rates decrease been permitted if this were to go ahead) Would they also have to vote ‘yes’ to ridiculous costly, detrimental policies on the much-touted ‘climate change’, and yes to anything else the government and their off-shore masters dream up?

What about individuals standing for council affiliated to other groups? Do candidates have to declare their affiliations with any such membership? Their religion? Their blood type? If voters are informed which candidates may be VFF members then surely it should apply to candidate affiliation with all groups and political parties?

It would be good to know.

Regardless, wouldn’t it be wonderful for the candidates to stand up and ASK the ratepayers what they need and want and deliver that? You know, things like good basic services such as; no sewerage froth washing up onto our beaches depending upon which way the wind blows; clean, pure drinking water, free from poisons (like fluoride that has been factually proven to lower IQ and cause health issues); good lighting, without surveillance cameras every 200 metres on every lamp-post; less ghastly cell-phone towers; less endless roadworks; good drainage, tidy gardens and parks, more leafy trees in the cities, local libraries and swimming pools, and reduced rates by providing the basics rather than endless add-ons. Perhaps more balance between bus-lanes, cycleways and planting that consistently impedes drivers in the city. Consideration of voters who need to drive as they may be elderly, handicapped, or need to pick up supplies that are too heavy for bus or bike. There are also tradespeople with their gear, delivery trucks and mothers with young children, ferrying them from school, sports and other extra-curricular activities like music and dance.

Imagine that! Being asked what we, who pay for everything, want.

Local Government Act 2002, section 10 (1) states that local government is there: To enable democratic local decision-making and action by, and on behalf of, communities in the present and in the future.

It is not there for political parties to infiltrate by financing candidates to stand (and that has been going on for many years) or by creating Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) who charge councils a hefty yearly fee and seem to try to then advocate for what government wants rather than the local voter. The Timaru Council was so concerned it withdrew from LGNZ.

A council with courage.

Council should not be there for political parties, big pharma, the WEF, the UN, or any other international body disguised as “government” who has some monstrous idea to turn cities into A.I. control and surveillance under the banner of a “super-city” — one that has to follow set designs and implementations that have not been approved by the voters. It should be there for those who reside in local areas and to represent what they want.

Surely that is what democracy is all about?

It seems that for too long there has been infiltration into local body politics by political parties who have no business meddling in local party politics. Candidates who are beholden in any way to political parties, no matter how genuine they are personally, are surely vulnerable if they are assisted with their campaign? There is no such thing as a free lunch.

Keith Bennett, for the Upper Hutt City Council is a candidate who seems to really let voters know what is going on, so there are genuine Kiwis standing to represent their local communities, without obligations to anyone other than their local area, for all the right reasons.

Recently, on a trip to Christchurch, I read an article reporting on a debate hosted by the local Chamber of Commerce “in partnership with the NZ Herald”. It said, “the two top-polling candidates were each given the chance to make their case for why they should get the city’s top job”.

The two-page article on the two candidates featured provided little information. Phrases like, “putting the city on the map”, “best place to live, work, play and invest in NZ”, “reclaim Christchurch being the country’s second biggest city and gateway to the south”, “. . .pushed for development”, “sporting and events capital”, “on the edge of greatness” were bandied about. True, it could have just been a less-than-ideal report of the meeting and it was probably necessary to be at the debate to get answers to key questions, but it seems the meeting wasn’t open for all to attend. It would be difficult to make a decision based on what was reported. It felt empty.

The two main contenders for mayor have their faces on buses and billboards and are wrapped around newspapers with liberal articles from mainstream media. It would be good to know who, if anyone, is sponsoring the advertising. Is there political backing from others? And does that mean they will be duty-bound to push through the agenda of those who backed them? Shouldn’t all funding be disclosed? Perhaps it has been and it is clear to Christchurch residents, but it wasn’t in the two-page article. In these strange times it is important to know, as the trust in mainstream media is at an all-time low.

Ironically, in the same paper there was a modest advertisement for mayor by a man called Carl Bromley. In this small space, Carl told prospective voters more than the reporter did in a two-page spread about the two main candidates. It was a humble, yet it felt honest and because of that it was quite powerful

Carl wanted a three year rate freeze, a residents referenda on major issues, weekly “face to face” public consultation, rejection of Three Waters, and the halting of unethical housing intensification. This gave an immediate idea of where he stood on some of the key issues. Substance. He provided his email and cell-phone number so that voters in the area could directly talk to him. It seems clear that he is genuinely for the people and demonstrates this by making himself accessible. Further research would be needed, but the advertisement details make that easy. Ask him. You decide. He may or may not be the right man for the job but the point is that he is telling the voters what he stands for rather than these broad brush-stroke goals that don’t explain the basics voters need to know, such as; who they represent and where they stand on key issues such as Three Waters and Free Speech and will they bludgeon voters with “the sky is falling” climate change rhetoric and the inevitable resulting costs and incursions on liberty that appear to be subsequently planned? There have been negative mainstream media reports on Carl, but after the experience of the past two years, this seems like another point in his favour. One can surely no longer believe any slurs by sponsored-by-government media. Better by far to ask the man himself. It is clear that Carl Bromley is concerned for his community and his city and is brave enough to stand up to try to put things right and to represent the people.

He was recently knocked off his motorbike in the city and suffered from five fractured ribs and a lacerated kidney and is still in the race. “Five broken ribs won’t stop me from giving my all to serve the people of Christchurch if elected,” he told a journalist for Stuff via text, while still in hospital. That is impressive.

It’s a busy life for most voters, and it has been an ongoing challenge to find full independent information about where candidates stand on key concerns, but VFF helpfully stepped in with survey results of where the candidates stand on issues that concern voters. Some candidates were conspicuous by their absence in the survey. Others fronted up. It’s always heartening to see candidates speak up, when asked. The results were last updated on 1 October 2022.

For a healthy council we need as many genuinely independent courageous candidates as possible — those who are up-front on the important issues, and want to represent their community, to defend our right to make our own decisions locally without interference, to retain our assets and infrastructure, to encourage our self-sufficiency and resilience, and who are free of IOU’s to national political parties, as it seems that the majority of our problems today can be traced back to governments and political parties who increasingly represent global organisations that don’t have the best interests of our people or our country at heart.

We need our local representatives easy to contact and answerable to voters.

It seems that the reason the majority of New Zealanders don’t vote in local body elections is they have long since given up on seeing their vote create any positive change. If New Zealanders are disenfranchised from effecting any positive change in their councils, they won’t vote. Why would you?

Rates go up at ever-increasing levels along with the salaries of the bureaucrats, yet basics we do want are not provided. Instead, superfluous, overpriced items we don’t want are forced upon us through escalating charges. The mayor and councillors are meant to be there to represent their local voters.

It seems that the fastest way of sorting the wheat from the chaff is to take a look at the list of candidates in each region that mainstream-media are warning you about, check out their authenticity and who they answer to and what they stand for, and if it seems that they genuinely stand to represent the wishes of those in your region and they don’t have any connection to major political parties who could call in favours in a way that would be of disadvantage to local voters, then they would seem like a good choice.

Some may choose not to vote as a protest for what the system has become, for it is repugnant to them. That is also an option, as if everyone did that then the voters could create a new system with the changes they really want. The other way is to vote for who resonates with you, the voter — regardless of any other rhetoric. Who speaks with integrity and who talks about representing the voters?

Our democracy has always been hard-won. Today is no different. Keep informed through sources other than government-sponsored mainstream media. Keep public representatives accountable. Find out where they are on major issues. If they can’t tell you, well there is your answer.

Vote wisely. Vote well.

Bless all of you out there who are defending and standing for our basic human rights and freedoms.

We stand together.

Your vote and genuine democracyDemocracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.
– President Abraham Lincoln

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  1. I support VFF and appreciate all the good they do, really. And I would love for their candidates to all win in a landslide (just to give NZ mainstream media a big fat f*ck you), but it’s really hard to get excited about “voting” when we’ve all seen the lengths these people will go to in order to rig elections and suppress any evidence.

    Last election, John Podesta just happened to be in NZ for no apparent reason, and once we’d all voted, the ballots were taken away to who knows where and we were only told two weeks later that we’d apparently all voted for the anointed one because she’s the most important and beloved human being to have ever lived.

    It’s hard to have faith in such a hopelessly, hilariously corrupted process, especially when those in control of it are so brazen.

    • Many thanks for your comment. I don’t think VFF have candidates. Those that mainstream media allege are VFF candidates are not, they are just affiliated with VFF, or members and they are standing as independents. Genuine independents.
      It would be great though to see all independent candidates get in who are really there to represent the voters without obligations to political parties who may require them to vote against the wishes of the people.

      • In the next general election there will be a “Coalition” party encompassing quite a few single parties and movements……It will be quite an event. Get your popcorn ready. NEVER forget: ALL parties in parliament have forced you give up your freedom and health autonomy. ALL OF THEM!!!
        As for the LameStream Media: LOL …insignificant presstitutes, too dumb. greedy and corrupt to even realize what they have become.

        • No, I will never forget that all parties in parliament at the moment were, at the least, complicit and not one of them came down to directly listen to the people they purport to represent. And nor did mainstream media. Let’s get people in there who will genuinely represent the people. Thanks for your feedback Anonymous.

  2. The fact is, if the mainstream political party’s need to go to this much trouble to silence other’s standing for office, in a sense, I’d say, they have already lost. Maybe not the coming election but long term, they are finished. You might silence what people say but that does not change what they think.

    As for the media, by backing increasingly unpopular party’s and political philosophies, based on totalitarianism, they have told people what they stand for. Again not a good look and a position its hard, if not impossible, to come back from.

  3. An Editors Code would be a good idea, if it can be administered, and acted upon by a truly independent body and its findings binding. But alas unlikely in the present environment as there is little call within the media to see such a body established. Running “amuck” much more desirable.

    That good people, be they VFF or otherwise, are nothing but prey for the mainstream, victims to satisfy their lust and unquenchable thirst for domination, is appalling at best. The sooner right thinking Kiwis reverse the situation the better, and remaining silent is not an option. Perhaps a petition or similar to get things underway. I will be happy to sign…

    • Thanks for your comments James. You’re right, silence is not an option. And if millions signed it, a petition could be amazing as it demonstrates that Kiwis will speak up to defend democracy and it helps enable them to do it.

    • “…nothing but prey for the mainstream…”
      Yeah, that’s what they get out of the bribery from government and some sycophants. Measly mammon.
      So far! The tide is turning., for them, but even more so for THEM! THEY committed corruption, treason, blackmail, extorsion and are running a one-party racket! The lofty psychopaths have not realized it: The PEOPLE are coming for THEM!!! Hey gal or whatever, u better get your cushy UN job quickly!!!
      Wrath has no fury like mothers scorned.

  4. Hear hear NZ! A lot of great people are standing up for your rights. Support them or at least listen to what they have to say.
    Thank you VFF.

  5. As a resident and former home owner in the Eastside of Christchurch, I am surprised (and disappointed) by the amount of Labour candidates who are standing in Christchurch. Way too many! I used the taxpayers union survey (https://howtovote.nz/) to help my voting decision as I found the guide enclosed with my voting papers to be lacking substance. Who supports 3 waters? Who wants their council to actively discourage private vehicle ownership? A good way to avoid those woke WEF mouthpieces.

    • Thanks Rachael. for this information. I agree, local body elections are not the place for political parties to be muscling in. This is for locals living in different regions. Too often, voters are not fully informed that if a candidate is being financed by Labour in local body elections, then they are apparently obligated to vote the way Labour wants them to. This should be made crystal clear to the voters.
      I did notice the taxpayer’s union survey and agree, this contains excellent information. I’ll try to get this included in the article as well.

  6. Thank you Mary – I agree I found it extremely helpful to know who respected democracy and freedom. Thanks STUFFED ????. It’s not hard to see that some people obviously have a massive amount of funding behind them by all their signs, ads on the radio, bus back ends etc. I just drove back from town and passed at least 20 signs and happily I can say that I did not vote for one of them!!!! I see the guy who ran for Labour last time is now running for Mayor but listed himself as independent- yeah right bro…..lol. I don’t think so! My husband and I carefully went through using the VFF candidate summary and another online tool I found, researched the candidates and I am happy to say we voted for some very good people. I live in hope that we may see some kind of democracy.

    I actually think the whole system needs to go and have a full restructure starting with CEOs who are ACCOUNTABLE to the ratepayers and to earn a realistic salary not these exorbitant $350K salaries. Worse still we have SEVEN unaccountable deputy CEOs here who are also hugely OVERPAID. Glorified paper shufflers.

    I like the way Libya had a system set up where they had community regional groups who had a representative leader who then sat at a central national group. (None if this party politics business) Even if Gaddafi wanted something to be put in place, if enough of the community leaders voted him down, he had to accept the decision. That seems more like a democracy? A strong leader who wanted the best for his country but was still accountable to what people wanted. Even though he was painted to us as a despot dictator, the truth was, Libya never had a higher standard of living and happier citizens than when he was running the country. His last words were “what did I do?” Sad really.

    Anyway we need radical change here in this country at a local and national level.

    I am voting for Democracy NZ in the next general election. I can’t see anyone else who respects freedom of choice or the Bill of rights and to me, those are fundamental to a democracy.

    • Thank you for your great comments and good on you for spotting the outpoints, doing your research and finding the candidates without obligations to political parties etc. You also make good points about CEOs being made to be accountable.
      We definitely all need to stand together for democracy and enshrine the NZ Bill of Rights so it can never be set aside — ever. Many thanks.

  7. No way do I want the next mayor of Auckland to be labour – he does say he is independent. He supports Three Waters – the only one who does.
    I have a theory about Three Waters. The Govt does not own much infrastructure that is saleable. I am happy to be corrected here. I am pretty sure that Venezuela had to sign over its telecommunications infrastructure to Pfizer as the couldnt service the vaccine debt. So to me Three Waters is the Govts way out. It would be interesting to see the contract with Pfizer, particularly Section 9.
    I looked at the VFF candidate survey and found that very helpful in my decision making.
    I gave up reading STUFF a while back and I find that my mind has been liberated! I am a small business owner and business suffered terribly during the past 2-3 years. We survived because of the good people we are associated with. This Govt ruined a lot of lives, medically, emotionally, physically. In my day to day business activities I encounter a lot of people – some I known and some new contacts. The underlying theme is that if there was a referendum today 99% would vote to oust the Govt and commence trials for crimes against humanity. Jacinda of course would be top of the list together with her father for what he did in Tokelau.
    My favourite would be Michael Wood so he could join the rivers of filth.

    Great article Mary.

    • Many thanks MNZGA. Thank you for your informative response. Those stories you are getting from those you encounter are our history and it is so important that they are recorded. Please message me if there are people who want their story told. Anonymous is fine, too. Anyone running for Mayor who supports Three Waters must surely be supported by the government don’t you think? It is appalling theft. Thanks again for your feedback.

  8. Thanks for this info which is only what many of us have figured out from way back. The sheople of New Zealand (yep, I have the name correct) are being led blindly down a black hole dug by the disciples of Klaus Schwab. It is disgraceful the way the MSM have slandered any candidate who had the temerity (and courage and brains) to oppose the Government’s (with the backing of the so-called Opposition) restrictions on the freedom of the people who pay them — us! What they do not realise is their very villainy has caused free-thinkers to back the good people they despise. A classic own goal. Suckers!

  9. The reason people don’t vote is because they have no idea who people are or what they really stand for. On the off chance it’s clear what they stand for they are just as likely to be whackos with no brains at all. People can write anything about themselves. It means nothing. Local Government would be better served by direct democracy voting on issues and leave the personalities and whackos out of it altogether.

    • The people voting directly on the issues is a great idea — as long as they’re provided with factual information rather than politicised propaganda. Another way to find out what the candidates stand for is through the work that both the VFF and the NZ Taxpayer’s Union have done, which is ask a question of the candidate that simply requires a yes or no response. Those tables were of great value. Thanks for your feedback.

    • Yes, I wish they would look for their information away from sponsored politicised media sources. Thanks for your feedback Anonymous.

  10. Thank you Mary, I found this a terrific article. Inspiring, well written and pertinent to our current political climate. I appreciate the communication of common-sense.
    Ml, Rachel

  11. The election of Tory Whanau, who was just a stenographer for Greens party office, shows the strong disconnect the majority of Wellington paper shufflers have with the rest of NZ. Most system pigs working for the government live in Wellington. The government wages and salaries are much higher for the little work they do, and these pigs have no idea of any real world issues and so opted for Greens. This shows how bad it is going to get in the future for NZ.


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