Mixed views on coalition in the south
Reaction to the new Labour-New Zealand First coalition government in the true blue national stronghold seat of Clutha-Southland has been mixed.
Clutha District mayor Bryan Cadogan said he thought having two MPs, New Zealand First’s Mark Patterson, and in opposition, Hamish Walker, would be great for the district.
‘‘With the lack of effective representation over the last three years Clutha has been adversely affected; I think of Telford, Toko Training and our treatment over funding of the cycle trail extension in particular of late as examples where we needed a fighter in our corner. Hopefully Mark and Hamish are up to the challenge.’’
He said he suspected the Greens’ influence on policy would be closely monitored ‘‘by our rural sector,and hoped this would produce ‘‘regional initiatives’’.
Clutha District councillor and West Otago Community Board member John Herbert was dubious about how the three-way coalition would work in reality.