Faafoi gains ad­van­tage in Porirua

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Kris Faafoi has vot­ers in Wai­tan­girua largely to thank for re­turn­ing him to Par­lia­ment.

Vot­ing sta­tis­tics from booths from Lin­den to Rau­mati Beach show that the di­verse Mana elec­torate voted on tra­di­tional lines, with the more af­flu­ent north­ern sub­urbs be­ing won over by National can­di­date Hekia Parata, while Mr Faafoi dom­i­nated the south and es­pe­cially the east of Porirua.

He re­ceived 14,744 votes over­all.

Of the 12,887 votes Ms Parata earned, 2550 came from the four booths in Whitby, where in­cum­bent Mr Faafoi col­lected 1068.

Like­wise, blue vot­ers were out in force at Sum­mer­set re­tire­ment vil­lage in Aotea (606 votes), Mana Es­planade (630), Pare­mata School (597) and Rau­mati Beach (968).

Labour’s strong­hold of east­ern Porirua swept Mr Faafoi home – at Can­nons Creek School, 810 vot­ers ticked his name, com­pared with 60 for Ms Parata. At Porirua East School, it was 698 to 193, while in the three Wai­tan­girua booths he blitzed his National ri­val 1015 to 121.

The most votes were cast at Rau­mati Beach ( 1983), nearly 1000 more than at the next high­est – St Barn­abas’ Church hall on Mana Es­planade.

Mr Faafoi got triple fig­ures in al­most all the Porirua booths, earn­ing con­sis­tency across the elec­torate, whereas Ms Parata strug­gled in a num­ber of ar­eas. He clearly won Ti­tahi Bay and Pukerua Bay.

Of the other can­di­dates, the Greens’ Jan Lo­gie earned 485 of her 2316 votes in the Pukerua Bay and Rau­mati booths.

The party vot­ing fol­lowed sim­i­lar trends, with Labour clean­ing up in east­ern Porirua, while National car­ried the north. How­ever, this elec­torate swung to the blue cor­ner for the first time (40.1 per cent, against 37 per cent for Labour), and that will be due to the Greens and NZ First tak­ing votes.

In Rau­mati Beach, for ex­am­ple, 305 votes were cast for the Greens, 534 for Labour and 962 for National.

Whitby again proved in­valu­able to National, with 2471 peo­ple plump­ing for the party there. Only at Can­nons Creek School (752) and Porirua East School (609) did Labour get more than 500 party votes in one booth.

There are still spe­cial votes to be counted – which tra­di­tion­ally favour the Greens – so the ex­act numbers and per­cent­age of el­i­gi­ble peo­ple who voted will not be known un­til this Satur­day. At this stage, 30,756 peo­ple voted in Mana.

In terms of in­for­mal votes that did not count, 699 were cast in Mana.

Of these, vot­ers at Can­nons Creek School were the most at fault, with 26 in­for­mals for the party vote and 39 for the can­di­dates.

Mr Faafoi says he has not had a chance to com­pare the booth sta­tis­tics with those from the 2008 elec­tion.

‘‘ To a de­gree, it’s in­grained [which way peo­ple vote], but if peo­ple get to know their MP and see the hard work they’re putting in, you can win back those numbers. I will prove my com­mit­ment to this com­mu­nity and hope­fully, in those strong National ar­eas, I will get the pay­off.

‘‘You get two votes un­der MMP, and as time goes by I think peo­ple will vote for the best can­di­date, re­gard­less of your party lines.’’

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