Former Act New Zealand MP Hilary Calvert has made an early
play for high office in Dunedin by aiming a projection of her
image at Mayor Dave Cull's office.
But she missed.
Ms Calvert yesterday confessed to beaming an oversized
projection of her election flyer at the side of the Civic
Centre building on Monday and Tuesday nights.
She used a projector positioned inside a vacant Burns House
office, on the other side of George St, to ''shed a bit of
light on mayoral decisions''.
The light show had hit the right floor, but appeared to be
illuminating the office of the mayor's secretary instead.
The stunt also prompted Dunedin City Council corporate
services group manager Sandy Graham to contact Ms Calvert and
ask her to stop, because she did not have permission to use
the council building in such a manner.
''She said she didn't intend doing it again,'' Ms Graham
Because of that, there was ''no need'' to investigate what
other election rules might have been broken, she said.
However, Ms Calvert said she would not rule out a repeat,
either on the Civic Centre or the nearby council-owned Wall
Street shopping mall.
''We all own the council don't we? It belongs to all of us.''
It was just the latest in a string of recent incidents
involving council election signage.
Dunedin businessman Doug Hall, a central ward council
candidate, also learned yesterday one of his campaign posters
had been plastered over a ''share the road'' sign beside
State Highway 88, at Maia.
Mr Hall said he knew nothing about the poster's appearance on
the sign, but one had been stolen from his SH88 yard.
Council staff had referred the issue to New Zealand Transport
Agency staff, but Mr Hall was yet to hear from them.
He suggested it might be an attempt at sarcasm by someone
opposed to his standoff with the council over the SH88
''I do get a few sarcastic things about it,'' Mr Hall said.
An image of Cr Kate Wilson had also been de-faced - quite
literally - after her face was removed from a Greater Dunedin
sign beside Quarry Rd, in Mosgiel.
Cr Wilson said she thought it was ''quite funny''.
''Obviously, someone wants to be with me all the time. I'm