By-elec­tion set

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The Mana by-elec­tion has been set down for Novem­ber 20.

Cur­rent MP Win­nie La­ban has made her res­ig­na­tion ef­fec­tive from this Fri­day, af­ter more than a decade in the role. Kris Faafoi will be stand­ing for Labour as her re­place­ment, look­ing to re­tain Ms La­ban’s more than 6000 ma­jor­ity.

Na­tional’s can­di­date Hekia Parata, who con­tested the seat in 2008, says she will run an is­sue­fo­cused cam­paign even though she is a ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant un­der­dog’’. She says eco­nomic growth to cre­ate jobs, rais­ing af­ter-tax in­comes, higher stan­dards in ed­u­ca­tion and smarter pub­lic ser­vices are key for Mana con­stituents.

‘‘ I’m sure my op­po­nents will make a lot of prom­ises. The real ques­tion that lo­cals will have to ask them­selves is, can they de­liver and are the prom­ises re­al­is­tic in these dif­fi­cult times?’’

The Green Party, mean­while, has an­nounced Jan Lo­gie as its can­di­date. She said the im­por­tant is­sues are fair­ness and op­por­tu­nity, bet­ter trans­port and clean wa­ter for the com­mu­nity.

Ms Lo­gie has pre­vi­ously served as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the na­tional YWCA and worked for Welling­ton’s Women’s Refuge. She is devel­op­ment man­ager at the New Zealand Cen­tre for Sus­tain­able Cities.

The Elec­toral Com­mis­sion said there would be 44 polling places set up for the day, and they are likely to be the same lo­ca­tions used for the 2008 gen­eral elec­tion.

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