This week I did something roughly 25,000 people in Rotorua and more in Tauranga chose not to do the last time they could.

On Monday morning before work, I walked into the council building and put my orange envelope in a black box. It's not hard to miss. It says "vote here" right above it.

I voted and I made sure my partner did too.


Our conversation went a little like this: "Let's sit down and vote," "I'll do it later," "But you WILL do it, won't you?" I was forceful.

I'm happy to say it worked.

In my