Why local elections count
You could be forgiven for thinking local government is a bit of a joke.
In 2013 Auckland had the worst voter turnout in the whole country - just 35 percent of people voted, 89 percent of them were over 70.
But the influence of local councils is wide-ranging, and important.
They determine things like:
That's kind of a big deal.
Aucklanders also vote for local board members - they make decisions affecting your neighbourhood and pay for things like community events and local parks.
Council spending is paid for by your rates money - well that's if you're lucky enough to own a home. Did we mention the council has some influence in this too?
Regardless, it's the city you live in so you should vote for someone who represents your views.