Flooding and a printing hiccup delayed some of the most obvious expressions of political campaigning for some Rangitata electorate candidates.
Candidates have been allowed to set-up their election signs since Saturday, July 22, but it appears many signs will not be in place until this week.
Only National Party candidate Andrew Falloon has managed to erect a slew of campaign signs since the start of the billboard campaign.
Falloon suspended his campaign on Saturday to help clean up after Friday’s flooding. But, job done, he was able to put up more than 80 signs across the region on Sunday.
Volunteers had been handing out leaflets in Timaru, Temuka and Pleasant Point and he had knocked on nearly 4000 doors around the electorate in the previous three months, he said.
The weekend’s weather also delayed Green Party candidate Mojo Mather’s campaign. She expected to begin public meetings when Parliament rises in four weeks time, she said.
Labour Party candidate Jo Luxton said there had been a “hiccup” with her signs: “they missed getting printed”.
“So we will be doing that next weekend,” Luxton said. Like Falloon, she also expected to spend the coming weeks visiting and contacting people to see what was important to them.
Act Party candidate Tom Corbett said he would put up about a dozen signs at high-profile sites over the next 10 days.
Opportunity Party candidate Olly Wilson would erect signs over the next week, with a focus on Timaru and Ashburton: “We will be campaigning across a variety of media with a particular focus on social media.”
Local authorities determine the rules around where signs can go.
The Timaru District Council’s policy says temporary signs may only be displayed on private property with the owner’s permission.
Signs cannot impede the vision of drivers, resemble a traffic sign, or use reflective materials or intermittent or revolving lights.
In rural areas where speed limits are 70kmh or higher signs must be located at least 200m from intersections, bends in the highway and from other regulatory signs, and are not permitted on or adjacent to motorways.
The Electoral Act says election signs must be covered up or removed by midnight on September 22, the eve of the election.