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Electoral systems explained
for the on-line generation
By JIM CHIPP
If you think you need to be a mathema-
tician to understand the difference
between list MPs and supplementary
members, and a geek to care, help is at
The Electoral Commission has set up
an interactive website to help people
learn about the various electoral systems
before they vote on November 26.
At the general election polling booths, a
referendum will ask voters whether they
want the present mixed member pro-
portional (MMP) representation system
to continue, or a change.
If change is wanted they will also be
asked to choose between first past the
post (FPP), preferential voting (PV), sup-
plementary member (SM) or single trans-
ferable vote (STV).
Chief electoral officer Robert Peden
said voters under 35 -- more than a
million -- would never have experienced
any system but MMP. We want every
voter who goes to the polls in November
to be able to make an informed decision
on the electoral system.
The commission has begun a two-stage
process of informing voters on the coming
Phase two will be a really intense TV,
radio, on-line and print campaign to
make sure that, unless you re living in a
very deep hole, by the time you go to the
polls on November 26, you will know that
there is a referendum on, you will know
what it s about and you will know where
to get information on it, he said.
For information, visit referendum.org.nz or
By REBECCA THOMSON
More than 2000 Wellingtonians have had their say
on mapping out plans for the transport route near
the Basin Reserve.
Information released under the Official Infor-
mation Act reveals that the NZ Transport Agency
received 2121 public submissions on proposals for
The agency has announced its preferred options.
Both involve flyovers -- a $75 million option 20
metres north of the Basin Reserve, and a $90m
option about 65 metres north.
In July the Architecture Centre proposed
Option X, which included trenching Buckle St and
was budgeted to cost up to $165m.
Of the submissions made, 1248 commented on
Option A, 1159 on Option B, 1134 commented on
both options, 935 commented on alternatives to
options A and B, and 492 on Option X.
State highways manager Rod James said
Option X would be considered alongside the other
We are grateful to Wellingtonians for taking
the time to give us their feedback, said Mr James.
However, he said the agency did not favour
Option X in its present form.
It has some fundamental problems related to
safety, affordability, and how it would work in
Mr James said trenching Buckle St was too
expensive at the moment, but Options A and B
would allow for the possibility of a tunnel being
built in the future.
A Wellington City Council report, released this
week, favours Option A, the cheaper of two
proposed flyovers option, but calls for
improvements to the design.
Mr James said the agency would work with the
city and regional councils to develop plans for the
Next year, the agency will publish a report
summarising feedback, along with its decision
about the route.
Fares to go up
It will cost more to catch the bus and train from
Wellington Regional Council has imposed an
average 5 per cent increase on the price of multi-
trip tickets and stored-value cards, such as Snap-
Special stadium train fares will also increase, by
$2 per round trip for adults and $1 for children.
Peter Glensor, chairman of the regional council
economic well-being committee, said fare rises
were needed to meet the increasing costs of run-
ning Wellington s public transport network.
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