FROM THE ED­I­TOR

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Wow, I can’t be­lieve Lind­say Tisch is say­ing good­bye to pol­i­tics.

He was the first Waikato politi­cian I met when I ar­rived in the Waikato eight years ago.

I started at the Waikato Times in elec­tion year and I was told we had to go and spend a day with each politi­cian in the district.

I was as­signed the Waikato re­gion.

It was the same year that Jacinda Ardern put her hat in the pol­i­tics ring af­ter re­turn­ing to New Zealand and she was look­ing to knock Tisch out of his seat.

I was quickly told, by just about ev­ery­one, that that would never hap­pen.

‘‘This is Na­tional ter­ri­tory’’ they said.

I spent time with Tisch at a rest home in Huntly, be­fore head­ing up and chat­ting with the lo­cals along the main street in Te Kauwhata.

He was warm and wel­com­ing, even if peo­ple didn’t seem that in­ter­ested in him. So best of luck Tisch. I look for­ward to meet­ing your re­place­ment.

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