A lawyer who has made a name for himself by losing elections by spectacular margins has announced he will be contesting the Auckland mayoralty and Mt Roskill by-election simultaneously.
The fact the mayoral and a possible by-election will not be held simultaneously does not bother Adam John Holland, who describes himself as “kind of an anarchist”.
He is standing as a Not A Party candidate and encouraging people not to vote.
If elected Auckland Mayor he will not do a single thing “just as I haven’t done a single thing for the past seven years of my retirement”.
“It is my belief that the role of an elected official ought not to impose one’s own views and laws on the people, but rather to stand down immediately and allow local communities to build and grow naturally,” Mr Holland said.
He has stood for office three times for a total of 57 votes.
His other two forays were in the Ikaroa Rawhiti by-election in 2013 and the Christchurch East by-election in the same year, in which he drew 15 and 31 votes respectively.
Mr Holland is the eighth candidate to come forward for the Auckland mayoralty contest. The other candidates are Labour MP Phil Goff, who will force a by-election in his Mt Roskill seat if he wins; businesswoman Vic Crone, businessman John Palino, Orakei Local Board member Mark Thomas, right-winger Stephen Berry, activist Penny Bright and former Green Party member David Hay.
Thursday, 3 March 2016, 3:36 pm
Speech: Adam Holland
Today I am very proud to be selected by Not A Party to contest the Auckland Mayoralty Election and the 2016 Mount Roskill By-Election simultaneously.
As in previous elections, these will likely play a pivotal role in determining how Aucklanders don’t necessarily choose to live their lives. By electing a Not A Party candidate, Aucklanders will have a well deserved opportunity at self-governance, rather than a monolithic, imposing, oppressive local government.
Aucklanders deserve to have the best possible mayor, and if successful in my bid, I will donate every last penny of my salary to various charities as suggested to me by the people of Auckland. I won’t do a single thing as mayor just as I haven’t done a single thing for the past seven years of my retirement. Decisions shall be left up to the people, not an elected official in a farcical ”democratic” ceremony.
I will be working hard all year to show Aucklanders that I can be that mayor. A non-official mayor who is engaged to the community, approachable, stands up for local people in times of difficulty, and represents not a single view of my own when in office. It is my belief that the role of an elected official ought not to impose one’s own views and laws on the people, but rather to stand down immediately and allow local communities to build and grow naturally.
In working together within our community, we can all ensure excellent policy on the most local level possible that allows people to get on with building prosperous families, businesses, and lives.
After years of voting against the right wing and being let down by the left I decided to get back to my roots and not vote at all. I was not surprised with the response from some of my friends … “Huh? But isn’t that just ensuring that National will get in again?” Yes, well … I just can’t go on consenting to be governed any more. And to say that someone who hasn’t voted is responsible for a political party being voted into power is an insanely thin way to try and send me on a guilt trip.
As I knew in my youth, and then came to realise all over again, the democracy dance is a deceitful illusion where the state always wins and then—that’s all folks. See you next time! After that the voting population get to see what they bought into. It really is such a low level of participation that allows us to be ruled over by an elite of professional “nice guys” whose job it is to tell people what they want to hear, and feign empathy. When I endorsed the Government by voting against it I felt like I was being played for a fool. The only way around this attack on my mental health is to refrain (hard) from voting for the empty promises of politicians who don’t represent me in any way.