Wellingtonian District Health Board candidate ‘ratings’

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

26 September, 2016

Dear Editor:

It’s good to see the local body candidates canvassed for their positions on certain issues in the Wellingtonian and other papers. However, I have a concern about the District Health Board page in the Wellingtonian (22 Sept).You have used the ratings from the Public Health Association. I can go to their website and check them out, but if you are going to publish their ratings, then you also need to publish a summary of that organization’s positions on those issues in order for readers to understand each rating.  You have not done that.

It seemed a ‘red flag’ for me when so many of the candidate ratings were of the ‘very’ variety: ‘very strong’ or ‘very weak’.  This is unusual and needs explanation.  The Wellingtonian has dropped the ball this time.


Richard Keller


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