Vot­ers’ de­ci­sion time looms

Cambridge Edition - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE BAIN

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

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.

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