Auckland mayoral front runner Efeso Collins and “queer pirate” challenger Dani Riekwel have earned top billing in Generation Zero’s 2022 local election climate scorecard survey.
The youth-led climate action organisation’s survey results give voters in the Tāmaki Makaurau, Te Whanganui-a-Tara and Ōtautahi regions a sense of how effective local candidates’ policies might be in forging a just, evidence-based zero-carbon future.
Having each received A grades, current Auckland Council member Collins and Pūtiki Bay protestor Dani Riekwel, a self-described “queer pirate” who’s sailed “storms of chaos” before as a climate activist and renter are first in a crowded field of 22 contenders. Wayne Brown, considered the only real centre-right front runner, didn’t fill out the survey, yet scored a C. Most Auckland mayoral candidates that received an F didn’t respond to the survey.
A look at Wellington’s mayoral race sees Tory Whanau first with A-, ahead of Paul Eagle who received a B+. Current mayor Andy Foster earned a B grade.
And among those vying for Christchurch’s mayoral chains, former health board boss David Meates is first (A), followed by coffee company owner Mark Chirnside (B+) and Sam Park (B).
Candidates were asked the same sets of questions, plus regional-specific questions, across five themes – environment, transport, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, equity and social welfare, and housing and liveable cities. Answers were marked on how closely they matched the organisation’s values, and while all questions were optional, lower or zero marks were given if any questions were skipped.
Unresponsive candidates were marked based on other publicly available information, including their voting history and policy.nz statements.
Voting closes Saturday, October 8. Generation Zero’s scorecards can be found here.