Local body voters are rather like Christians, a slowly declining minority. And for much the same reasons; a lack of faith and doubts in the relevance of the rituals involved.
As a political tragic from way back, I have just ripped open the official envelope and started wading through the "Vote for the Auckland you love" information booklet within. By the time I hit the list of 27 candidates seeking the 7 spots on the Auckland District Health Board, any love was long gone.
And when I realised I had to rank them in order of choice, from 1