Dunne scrapes back in

Kapi-Mana News - - ELECTION 2014 - By AMY JACK­MAN

Peter Dunne has re­tained his Ohariu seat, de­spite a night­mare last term.

Labour’s Vir­ginia An­der­sen pushed Dunne close, cut­ting his majority from 1392 in 2011 to 930, with spe­cial votes still to be counted.

‘‘I’m feel­ing re­lieved,’’ Dunne said.

‘‘ I’m very pleased with the re­sult.

‘‘The majority could have been higher, but a win’s a win and it’s rea­son­ably com­fort­able, so I’ll take it.’’

Dunne had strug­gles through­out the last term, with pres­sure from the elec­torate for him to change his vote and not support as­set sales, the GCSB re­port leak scan­dal and trou­ble with United Fu­ture’s party reg­is­tra­tion.

He said the trou­bles were a fac­tor in this year’s elec­tion.

‘‘ That might ex­plain the majority. For me it was quite an im­por­tant fac­tor in this elec­tion.

‘‘Win­ning this time is a fresh man­date from the elec­torate to carry on.’’

He said he would be get­ting back into the swing of things quickly and planned to open a sec­ond elec­torate of­fice in Tawa.

The elec­torate bound­aries changed be­fore the elec­tion, but he did not yet know what im­pact that had on the vote.

One of his fo­cuses this term will be over­see­ing progress with the Johnsonville shop­ping cen­tre project.

Dunne, leader of United Fu­ture, said there was a lot of work to do within the party to turn around its low party vote.

United Fu­ture re­ceived only 4533 or 0.22 per cent of the to­tal party vote – vir­tu­ally half Aotearoa Le­galise Cannabis’s 8539.

‘‘That’s a dis­ap­point­ment and is a mat­ter of ma­jor con­cern for us.

‘‘We have had some dis­cus­sions about it al­ready and we will be hav­ing more over the next few weeks to re­ally as­sess the re­sult and see where we went wrong and how to re­build,’’ Dunne said.

It is ex­pected that he will again en­ter into a for­mal agree­ment with the Na­tional Party.

Photo: KENT BLECHYN­DEN

Hold­ing on: Peter Dunne is happy after re­tain­ing his Ohariu seat, de­spite a tor­rid last term.

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