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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.

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