MP pushed to be vis­i­ble

Proud of re­sults

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By TERESA HAT­TAN

Waikato Na­tional can­di­date Lind­say Tisch has proven he is as popular as ever after se­cur­ing his sixth term in par­lia­ment.

The Mata­mata res­i­dent se­cured 65.3 per cent of the vote for the Waikato elec­torate at Satur­day’s elec­tion.

Tisch said this was ‘‘great’’ but what was more im­por­tant was the party vote. The blue box was ticked by the majority, with Na­tional se­cur­ing 61 per cent of the vote. Tisch be­lieved this fig­ure was the sec­ond high­est through­out the Waikato re­gion.

Th­ese re­sults were re­as­sur­ing de­spite the ‘‘ huge’’ bound­ary changes to his elec­torate, Tisch said.

A whole new area to the north of the elec­torate was in­cluded in a reshuf­fle ear­lier this year.

Tisch said he wasn’t known in the area, which in­cluded towns like Po­keno and Tuakau.

‘‘Bear­ing that in mind, I’ve not only been able to in­crease in both can­di­date and the party vote, but there is a strong move within this re­gion for sta­bil­ity and for the John Key- led gov­ern­ment that has a vi­sion for the fu­ture and that’s been re­flected in the re­sults.’’

Tisch spent a lot of time in the north of the elec­torate in the leadup to the elec­tion. He said he also door knocked on 95 per cent of busi­nesses in the north.

Be­com­ing known and be­ing vis­i­ble, es­pe­cially to the north, was a fo­cus of Tisch’s cam­paign.

‘‘I made the ef­fort be­cause I had to, be­cause they didn’t know me.’’

Tisch has been a pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer for six years as a speaker of par­lia­ment. He would like to be con­sid­ered for this role again as he be­lieves he still has a con­tri­bu­tion to make.

In Tisch’s view, cam­paign­ing doesn’t hap­pen be­cause there’s an up­com­ing elec­tion.

‘‘Ev­ery day is a cam­paign day, that’s why I go to as many things as I can. When the re­sults come through, I can say that the last three years has paid div­i­dends.’’

De­scrib­ing how he felt when the re­sults did start to come through on Satur­day night, Tisch said he was hon­oured and priv­i­leged. He said re­sults are a re­flec­tion on the con­tri­bu­tion a can­di­date has made.

‘‘This is how peo­ple re­spond to that, they tick your name.’’

In what­ever he has done, Tisch said he gives 110 per cent.

‘‘We al­ways try to do the best that we can and then we can al­ways come back and say ‘I did my best’. Over the three year pe­riod I’ve al­ways tried to do my best and I think that’s where the div­i­dends play out.’’

Tisch’s wife Leonie said she was very proud of her hus­band. Their chil­dren Karl and An­drea were also very proud of their dad, the cou­ple said.

Look­ing for­ward to the next three years, Tisch said he was ea­ger to get stuck in and get back to work.

He is gear­ing up for a visit to Cameroon and Geneva as part of his pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer du­ties in the com­ing weeks.

Tisch wanted to thank ev­ery­one in the Waikato elec­torate for their support and help, not only now, but over the past 15 years.

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