Voters’ decision time looms
The time has arrived for voters to determine the MPs for the 52nd New Zealand Government.
The hoardings will come down as we take to the polls on Saturday to choose not only the party, but the best candidate to represent us in the long-held National, Taupo electorate.
The quality and taxation of water, policing, housing, immigration and the growth of Cambridge came through as the major themes candidates detected during the campaign. Green Party
Green Party candidate Julie Sandilands, in her first campaign, found being confronted by people with extreme opposing views very difficult.
‘‘Things like racism, and well let’s put it this way, totally different to my views, got me down.’’
But she found some solace in the clean rivers debate where ‘‘everyone wants to have our water ways clean’’.
‘‘Concerns were raised about the state of our waterways and how it would impact on our tourism if left unchecked,’’ said For full coverage of the results on Saturday’s election night, and for detailed analysis on Sunday, log onto
‘‘Housing came through strongly with people talking about the differences of not owning a home, renting and not having a home at all.’’ Julie Sandilands
‘‘Housing came through strongly with people talking about the differences of not owning a home, renting and not having a home at all.’’
If unsuccessful she has pledged to continue working for the party ‘‘but not as a candidate more in the background’’.
Sandilands plans to spend election day in the electorate and join the party celebrations in Auckland on Saturday night.
Outdoors Party Candidate Alan Simmons had fresh water on his mind during the campaign, even having time to do a spot of fishing.
‘‘While Bill [English] and Jacinda [Ardern] were in the shopping malls and factories talking about rivers and freshwater, I was walking the rivers talking to fishermen,’’ he said.
‘‘Real rivers, real people, real policies on freshwater, this is what the Outdoors Party is about.’’
Simmons admits he would be surprised to see him win the Taupo seat because it is the party’s first election.