The wish list: Where do the can­di­dates stand

Kaikoura Star - - OUT & ABOUT - OLIVER LEWIS

Two is bet­ter than one.

That’s the schtick of one Bee­hive hope­ful in the Na­tional strong­hold of Kaik­oura.

New Zealand First can­di­date Jamie Ar­buckle says Marl­buri­ans should look at which party they vote for to get more rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the elec­torate into of­fice.

But Kaik­oura MP Stu­art Smith said peo­ple should vote for the MP that would best rep­re­sent them, and the party they wanted to govern New Zealand.

Any sug­ges­tion they should vote for a party purely to get more elected mem­bers from the area into Par­lia­ment was mis­guided, he said.

Ar­buckle said it was pos­si­ble he could hold of­fice af­ter be­ing given what he de­scribed as a high list plac­ing.

He made the comment at a can­di­dates meet­ing or­gan­ised by the Marl­bor­ough Cham­ber of Com­merce and Grey Power Marl­bor­ough on Mon­day night.

Last elec­tion the Kaik­oura elec­torate had two sit­ting MPs, Smith, who won the seat, and Green Party MP St­ef­fan Brown­ing who got in on the list.

‘‘You need to look at who you’re vot­ing for and get an­other - at least two - rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Marl­bor­ough.

‘‘I will be very high on that list, so look out for that,’’ Ar­buckle said.

‘‘New Zealand First will be in the next Gov­ern­ment so it is im­por­tant that Marl­bor­ough has a voice at that ta­ble and we have a strong re­la­tion­ship with Welling­ton.’’

Ar­buckle was 23rd on the New Zealand First list, re­leased on Tues­day, some­thing he claimed gave him a re­al­is­tic shot of get­ting into Par­lia­ment.

‘‘I’m very, very pleased where I am on that. It gives me an op­por­tu­nity to get in on the list, but still things would have to go our way on elec­tion night,’’ he said.

Ar­buckle said New Zealand First would need to get around 17 or 18 per cent of the vote for him to get in, but said it also de­pended on who won elec­torate seats.

Ar­buckle said his chances of get­ting into Par­lia­ment also de­pended on who won elec­torate seats for the party, and how the Greens fared come elec­tion night.

The most re­cent Col­mar Brun­ton Poll put them be­low the 5 per cent thresh­old needed to get into Par­lia­ment with­out win­ning an elec­torate seat.

How­ever, the Green Party can­di­date for Kaik­oura, Dr Richard McCub­bin, was con­fi­dent the party would poll well above 5 per cent.

‘‘We need a bold, in­no­va­tive, ex­cit­ing Gov­ern­ment. And the Green Party is the only party who agrees to go into coali­tion with Labour, to form a pro­gres­sive Gov­ern­ment of the left,’’ he said.

McCub­bin, who was not on the Green Party list as his can­di­dacy was con­firmed af­ter it was re­leased, said he was unashamedly cam­paign­ing for the party vote.

Smith, who was placed 47th on the Na­tional Party list, said on cur­rent polling it was highly un­likely Ar­buckle would get into Par­lia­ment.

Smith, who took the tra­di­tion­ally safe Na­tional seat of Kaik­oura by more than 10,000 votes last elec­tion, said he had never wanted to en­ter Par­lia­ment on the list.

‘‘I don’t take any­thing for granted, but I’m con­fi­dent in the cam­paign we’re run­ning and the poli­cies we’re run­ning with,’’ he said.

Labour can­di­date for Kaik­oura Janette Walker was ranked 45th on the party list, a po­si­tion she ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment with when it was first an­nounced.

Walker would get in on the list if Labour got around 40 per cent of the vote, how­ever she said she was gun­ning to re­place Smith as the elec­torate MP.

‘‘I want to rep­re­sent the re­gion, I want to be the local MP for Kaik­oura - I make no bones about that,’’ she said. ‘‘I think the re­gion has been poorly ser­viced for decades and it’s time for change.’’

The Act can­di­date for Kaik­oura, Richard Evans, was ranked 12th on the list.

PHOTO: SCOTT HAM­MOND/STUFF

Some of the can­di­dates for the Kaik­oura elec­torate, from left, Na­tional’s Stu­art Smith, the Green Party’s Dr Richard McCub­bin, Labour’s Janette Walker and New Zealand First’s Jamie Ar­buckle.

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