Tim con­tests Waikato’s Na­tional seat

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Mata­mata farmer Tim van de Molen has been se­lected by the Na­tional Party to con­test the Waikato elec­torate at next year’s gen­eral elec­tion.

He cur­rently works as a ru­ral man­ager for Rabobank and owns a num­ber of small busi­nesses.

‘‘Waikato is my home, the place I love, so I’m re­ally thrilled to be se­lected,’’ van de Molen says.

‘‘I’ve got a strong un­der­stand­ing of the needs and as­pi­ra­tions of Waikato com­mu­ni­ties and will be work­ing hard to earn the priv­i­lege of rep­re­sent­ing them in Welling­ton.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously we’re well known as be­ing a pretty ru­ral part of the coun­try, but de­spite that rep­u­ta­tion the Waikato isn’t just all cows and crops.

‘‘We’ve got an in­creas­ingly di­verse econ­omy, with tourism and man­u­fac­tur­ing grow­ing in im­por­tance. My back­ground in busi­ness, bank­ing, and of course as a farmer gives me the broad ex­pe­ri­ence to back hard work­ing lo­cals who are get­ting ahead un­der this Na­tional-led Gov­ern­ment. I want to thank Lind­say for his years of ser­vice to Na­tional and wish him well in his re­tire­ment from Par­lia­men­tary pol­i­tics.’’

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