Signs of the times appearing near you

Election hoardings are appearing around Dunedin as local body election campaigns gather pace....
Election hoardings are appearing around Dunedin as local body election campaigns gather pace. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
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 Jordan said.

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.


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