FROM THE NEWS DESK
As I write, Andrew Little has resigned as Labour Party leader and the party is in a caucus meeting considering a replacement - only seven weeks out from the election.
I can’t help but wonder though if the party gave up on the areas of New Zealand a long time ago.
In the Waitaki electorate they have stood Zelie Allan, an Oamaru-based business woman. I am not aware of any official visits she has made to the Central Otago reaches of her electorate. She is not even on the Labour Party list, which ranks its top 74 candidates.
In Clutha-Southland, which covers Queenstown, the party has stood Bluff woman Cherie Chapman. The only time I am aware of her visiting Queenstown in an official capacity is when Andrew Little made his recent housing announcement (pictured). Chapman is ranked a lowly 61 on the party list, but I would have thought that with no replacement yet announced to replace Todd Barclay in the electorate, there is an opening for Labour to put up a strong candidate.