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Aucklanders get chance to grill candidates

Sun 9 Oct 2011 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

With just a month and a half until the election, the Gay Auckland Business Association is giving glbt Auckland voters the chance to grill politicians on the issues they hold dear. This Thursday at the Langham Hotel electoral candidates will outline their vision for the community, as well as any broader issues, heading into the general election. The GABA Electoral Forum has been a staple of every major election for nearly 20 years and candidates already confirmed include National's Nikki Kaye and Claudette Hauiti, Labour's Jacinda Ardern and Charles Chauvel, Kevin Hague from the Greens, as well as representatives from Act, United Future, Mana and The Maori Party. Speakers will be invited to address the audience for up to seven minutes before taking questions from the floor; and being given a right of reply to any points raised by other speakers. Entrance is by koha of $5 with any profits going to The GABA Charitable Trust. In previous years, events have been packed so early attendance is advised. GABA Electoral Forum: Thursday 13th October, 7-9PM The Langham Hotel, 83 Symonds Street.  Doors open 6PM. Rainbow Wellington is holding an electoral forum the night before Auckland's, on Wednesday 12 October from 6PM at Wellesley Boutique Hotel. The speakers confirmed so far are Kevin Hague (Greens), Charles Chauvel (Labour), Paul Foster-Bell (National candidate for Wellington Central) and Peter Dunne (United Future). ACT and the Maori Party are planning on sending representatives, but have not yet confirmed who.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Sunday, 9th October 2011 - 4:44pm

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