Labour makes gradual gains in east
Jacinda Ardern-mania failed to sweep across East Auckland, but her Labour Party did improve on its results in 2014.
After the dust had settled on the general election result, the Eastern Courier caught up with Labour’s candidates for Botany and Pakuranga respectively on Sunday morning. Tofik Mamedov and Barry Kirker were upbeat, though understandably tired after an exhausting campaign.
Although the National Party majorities for electorate and party votes are still very commanding, Labour has made slight gains, with its party vote up in Botany by 755 and Pakuranga by 1692 before special votes are tallied.
They’ve been the face of Labour in the east for four years, having stood in two general elections and last year’s Auckland Council local-body polls. At this point, they’re uncertain about whether they’re going to stand again as candidates.
‘‘I thank all the voters who participated in this democratic process and cast their vote,’’ Mamedov says. ‘‘We’re so lucky in NZ that we get to choose our next government once every three years. Congratulations to the winners. To all candidates left or right - you guys rock! It’s not easy to do what we do. Big respect.’’
Full story at stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/eastern-courier.
Labour’s hard-wokring candidates, Tofik Mamedov and Barry Kirker after the poll at Howick Historical Village on Sunday.