Who’ll get your vote?

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

THE CANDIDATES have had their say about is­sues set to af­fect Mt Al­bert in the up­com­ing by­elec­tion.

Now we want to know what you think. The Cen­tral Leader will be quizzing the candidates on is­sues con­fronting the elec­torate be­fore the June 13 by­elec­tion and we’re invit­ing read­ers to con­trib­ute ques­tions.

Email edcl@snl.co.nz with your con­tri­bu­tions. We’ll se­lect the best four to put to the candidates.

In the mean­time, we hit the streets of the elec­torate to ask lo­cals what they think could in­flu­ence the vote.

Re­tired cou­ple Carol and Peter Joll love liv­ing in Mt Al­bert.

“Mt Al­bert is a great place to live. It’s so handy to ev­ery­thing,” Mr Joll says.

“It’s just a shame the shop­ping cen­tre is get­ting quite run down.”

Mrs Joll says it would be great if the new MP took an in­ter­est in get­ting the train sta­tion and town cen­tre up­graded.

San­dring­ham res­i­dent Iain Laxon, 36, still has ques­tions about the sec­ond-tier rep­re­sen­ta­tion lo­cal boards will pro­vide when Auck­land be­comes a su­percity.

“It’s a case of what’s in the de­tail. What rep­re­sen­ta­tion will com­mu­ni­ties and sub­urbs have?”

Mr Laxon says who­ever re­places for­mer prime min­is­ter and Mt Al­bert MP He­len Clark in the seat will have big shoes to fill.

“She was there for open­ings and com­mu­nity events. It’s quite in­cred­i­ble the amount of time she made for it.

“At the same time it does bring some­one else in with new views and ideas.”

Avon­dale res­i­dent Jeff, 70, who didn’t want his last name pub­lished, says he’ll be happy to see a new MP rep­re­sent­ing the elec­torate, af­ter Miss Clark held the seat for 27 years.

“A fresh face would be great. I have never been a sup­porter of hers. I don’t think Labour will have a walkover here.”

But he is in favour of the Waterview tun­nel, which is cur­rently un­der re­view by the gov­ern­ment be­cause of its pric­etag of more than $2 bil­lion.

“To me they ought to do it be­cause that’s what the peo­ple of Waterview want.

“Even an im­be­cile can see a tun­nel is the way to go.”

But a Kings­land res­i­dent, who didn’t want to be named, would rather see the money set aside for more in­vest­ment in pub­lic trans­port.

“I don’t think Auck­land should in­vest in more roads.”

She says if list MP Phil Twyford, the early tip to be Labour’s can­di­date, had been se­lected in­stead of even­tual win­ner David Shearer, she may have voted for him.

But now she’s lean­ing to­wards Greens co-leader Rus­sel Nor­man.

“The vote might get split be­tween Labour and the Greens.”

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