HEADING to the polls is something I've always taken pride in doing and encouraged my adult children to take part in.
It's all about democracy.
But as an election draws closer and the dirty side of politics take on a new slimy low, I'm not so sure I want to take part in the democratic process next month at all.
Nicky Hager's Dirty Politics was the last straw for this eager voter.
I don't want to hear about dirty laundry or what one politician's personal secretary has leaked, seen or thought they might have heard.
It's just disgusting to be honest. Why play dirty? In my eyes if you can't get the vote by playing fair then you don't deserve it anyway.
My partner put it all into perspective as we watched the news the other night, by saying our election process is like we are heading into a battleground and we are just waiting for the next bombshell to blow another's reputation out of the water.
That's it in a nutshell; it's war. It's the policies and what they stand for I want to know about not who leaked what, where, when or why.
What is important is where we are heading as a country and what is going to be done to make life more enjoyable for all of us.
It's tax relief, fairer wages, policies that promote economic growth we want, not another earful of nothing important.
Yes, we need to know what is important and, for now, that's getting people out and voting on polling day.
We need to encourage our young people to get out and take an interest in politics but I'm not sure getting them to chant abuse about the Prime Minister or feeding just snippets of bad information is the right way to go.
Voting needs to be about having a voice and ticking the box of a person and party who stands for what you stand for; not ticking the box of someone who gained your vote by playing unfair.
Democracy shouldn't be a war zone. For heaven's sake this is New Zealand not the Ukraine and, yes, I will be voting; just for whom I'm not yet sure thanks to dirty politics.