COMMENT:

Tauranga's mayoral race got off to an earnest yet slightly premature start this week with a Meet the Candidates event at Tauranga Girls' College. Civic issues reporter Samantha Motion was there and reviewed each of the seven candidates' performance.

It wasn't a debate but there was a winner when the seven people - so far- to launch a bid for Tauranga's mayoralty faced off on Tuesday night.

The event felt a bit premature, with a month still to go before candidate nominations officially open.

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At this rate the voters will be sick of campaign politics before that democratic visual

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