MP pushed to be visible
Proud of results
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.