Otago Daily Times

Gra­cious loser

- New Zealand · New Zealand First · Southland Region · Mataura

The only MP south of the Waitaki to lose their seat last Satur­day was New Zealand First list MP Mark Pat­ter­son.

The Lawrence farmer has been a steady and prag­matic voice for the Clutha South­land re­gion for the past three years, hav­ing steered a lo­cal Bill through the House, se­cured Pro­vin­cial Growth Fund money across the re­gion, and fought vig­or­ously for Mataura res­i­dents over the dross stor­age is­sue.

‘‘I’ll re­treat to the farm, pick my­self up and see what the fu­ture brings,’’ Mr Pat­ter­son said, as he signed off to his sup­port­ers for one last time.

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