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Water pistols keep politics far from dry at Aro election rally

Oct 15th, 2008 | By | Category: Featured Article, Features, Sport

It was a matter of singing, rapping and keeping the crowd entertained rather than of political correctness at the Aro Valley Wellington Central candidates meeting.

Well known for its light-hearted atmosphere and quick-witted heckling, the meeting provided a forum for candidates to be questioned by the enthusiastic Aro Valley community.

The event proved as popular as ever, with more than 100 cramming the Community Centre, leaving latecomers outside peering through the windows.

The biggest applause was given to Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party leader Michael Appleby for his persistent pro-cannabis reasoning and an accusation about the Labour party of abusing “P” – as in Power, in a clever rhyme of alliteration.

Student debt, working for families, and public transport were among the more serious issues put forward by the public.

The meeting was certainly not one of dry humour, with several candidates squirted by a water pistol after running over the set time allocations.

PICTURE: National candidate for Wellington Central got a ribbing about his “I love my dog but I don’t want the right to marry it” comment over the Civil Union Bill.

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