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Voters had a chance to get up close and personal with their council candidates at a speed-dating event on Saturday.

Organised by current New Plymouth District Council councillor and candidate Shaun Biesiek, 21 other candidates and about 30 members of the public took up the opportunity to talk face to face.

Councillors were put in pairs and rotated around groups of between two and four members of the public, who were given the chance to ask any questions they liked within a five minute period.

Glen Bennett, who MC'd the event, said it was a chance for the public to get to know the councillors in a more intimate way and also ask the probing questions.

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Girls stay seated and the guys move to the next table until you have met everyone.

There will be a fifteen minute half time break so you can refresh your drinks, help yourself to the complimentary finger food, catch your breath as well as mingle a bit more.

"A few people said they had changed their mind on who to vote for after talking to them," he said."There was a good range of people and a good range of questions."Some of those questions included the topics of transparency in council, public transport and the coastal walkway.

"They were really well thought out questions that made you think a bit," Biesiek said.* The Taranaki Daily News Mayoral Debate is on Thursday September 22, 6.30pm, at the New Plymouth District Council chambers.

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