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surprised Button had lashed out
after such a long period of time.
I m really surprised this issue
has been brought up again, more
than two years later, Broughton
If you have a colleague who
votes a certain way, you just get
Broughton said her abstention
was both a principled stand on
the issue, but also a tactic.
She had hoped the deadlock
would force an eventual vote on
whether to advertise the chief
executive position, allowing coun-
cil to choose from a pool of job
applicants. She was also wanting
concrete information on the coun-
cil insurance situation which
would have swayed her vote.
As far as I m concerned, I made
a principled decision. If you took
the vote again now, now that we
know more, I d be much clearer on
Broughton was also shocked to
hear Button said she sometimes
dropped the ball as a councillor.
I m one of the better
researched councillors at the
table. I actively research all the
issues and I speak to experts out-
side the council, Broughton said.
I would say, if anything, Ngaire
doesn t do sufficient research. I
would say she takes staff advice
She said iCitz was surprised
Button had decided to leave, and
she had given no reason for doing
She left without telling us, I
find her leaving extraordinary. I
really don t know why one vote is
an issue more than two years on,
iCitz acting president Brian
Palliser said he had absolutely no
idea why Button had left the
I think a lot of it is based on
Candidates still have independence
By ABBIE NAPIER
PICKING UP: The election billboards are up and candidates are jostling for platforms.
VOTING HAS not even started
yet, but the three main groups of
allied candidates are already tak-
ing pot shots over the political
This election will see three
main groups of candidates allied
under team or party banners ---
Independent Citizens (iCitz), The
People s Choice, and Independent
ICitz is a long-standing group of
allied independent candidates.
Acting president Brian Palliser
said iCitz was definitely not a
political party and it did not
influence or pressure its
candidates to vote in a certain
way on any issue.
There is merit in being seen to
be part of a team but while our
people are part of a team, they re
fiercely independent. And they do
disagree and that s fine.
ICitz is an incorporated society
and does charge its members an
annual $35 levy which is used to
pay for administration and man-
agement costs. Elected members
also then paid a branding fee for
the use of the iCitz name and logo.
Ex-iCitz member Ngaire Button
this year started her own election
group, Independent City First,
which she says is markedly differ-
ent from iCitz.
They re very strong on collect-
ing their levies and the whole
financial thing is a big thing for
them, she said.
City First is unique because we
don t have party policies. Our
whole philosophy is no party poli-
tics , she said. One of the most
destructive things I ve seen is
political agendas in local govern-
ment. I think they [iCitz] do have
Button said City First was an
election mechanism to help
candidates navigate the process.
I like being part of a team but
we are all completely independent
and we all have our own opin-
The People s Choice is a local
government party based on
Labour Party policies.
Chairman Paul McMahon said
while some criticised a political
platform like theirs, he felt those
standing as independent stood
We stand clearly for some-
thing. What does iCitz stand for?
What does Independent City First
stand for? They take pride in
standing for nothing.
What I ask is, independent
from what? To me, that means
independent from policies and
People say they re not political,
well, what are they doing in local
Button said while her group
prided themselves on being inde-
pendent, they did stand for some-
As a body, it s true, we don t
have policies. But as individuals,
we all stand for lots of different
things. We aren t without opin-
ions. We all have opinions on
every issue as individuals.
McMahon said the group had a
broad, mostly moderate-to-left
He said while there was no obli-
gation for members to vote a cer-
tain way, we d expect our elected
members to sign on a position and
hold that together .
Our policies have been devel-
oped by our members and a num-
ber of our members are Labour
Party members, so it s going to
Button said politically based
voting was a problem for local gov-
I think it s very unhelpful and
unhealthy. It doesn t encourage
elected members to think.
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