Election hoardings are appearing around Dunedin as local
body election campaigns gather pace. Photo by Gerard
Election signs are sprouting like mushrooms in Dunedin as
the city's local body election campaign begins to gather pace.
Hopeful candidates have begun deploying glossy pictures and
slogans to catch the wandering eyes of voters, while Dunedin
City Council staff have warned candidates not to end their
campaign efforts with a shock.
In 2010, an election campaign volunteer narrowly avoided an
electric shock after hammering a steel peg into a buried
high-voltage power cable beside Quarry Rd, cutting power from
East Taieri to Taieri Mouth.
This time around, candidates for council, community and
health board elections were being reminded to take care,
electoral officer Pam Jordan said.
That included an advisory note sent to all candidates,
warning them not to use the Quarry Rd site for election
advertising because of the underground cable.
The site was among 21 areas designated for election hoardings
in the Dunedin district plan, but candidates could seek
owners' permission to advertise on private property, Ms
The window for election hoardings ran from August 12 to
October 11, the day before the election, she said.
Candidates were also being reminded about the rules governing
advertising signs, and any complaints would be checked and
candidates asked to rectify mistakes, Ms Jordan said.