Candidates Forum in Aro Valley

August 9, 2008


This afternoon, Sue Kedgely joined representatives from National (Stephen Franks), Act (Colin du Plessis), the Workers’ Party (Don Franks) and Labour (Grant Robertson), to participate in a forum held at the flat of VUWSA President and Workers’ Party campaigner, Joel Cosgrove. The venue was packed, as many students joined with local residents to hear what the candidates had to say.


Media turned up in sufficient quantities to make manoeuvrability around the room difficult, and cheerfully hogged the open fireplace, a bulwark against the worsening weather which had seen the forum moved inside from the BBQ area.

Media scrum

Media scrum

The candidates began with a short presentation of their campaigns, followed by questions from the floor. Climate change, peak oil, food security and child poverty were all hot-buttons, handled expertly by Sue K, and with varying degrees of crowd heckling by other candidates. Stephen Franks arrived late, and was allowed a quick summary of National policy (“no, don’t stop, tell us everything” one heckler interjected…) before joining the panel responses to the current question from the floor.

Candidates Robertson, du Plessis & Kedgely squish up on the couch

Candidates Robertson, du Plessis & Kedgely squish up on the couch




Due to commitments with another forum, Sue and Grant had to leave promptly, which lead to a more informal discussion as the panel broke up. Die-hards stayed on for more alcohol, a warmed- up lounge, and political gossip, as the rain became unpleasant.

Don Franks and Grant Robertson on the couch.

Don Franks and Grant Robertson on the couch.


One Response to “Candidates Forum in Aro Valley”

  1. anarkaytie Says:

    Trying to load a video clip. Not smart enough at this time of night …

    Anyhoo, it’s here:

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