Ju­dith Collins ‘de­lighted’

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE - NIGEL MOFFIET

A fuel crises call­out a week be­fore the gen­eral elec­tion forced Ju­dith Collins to ditch her last round of door-knock­ing.

But that didn’t stop her get­ting re-elected as Pa­pakura MP.

It was her sixth suc­cess­ful re­sult since win­ning the Cleve­don seat in 2002.

Collins, as Min­is­ter of En­ergy and Re­sources, put lo­cal cam­paign­ing on hold to deal with the Auck­land fuel cri­sis caused by a rup­tured pipe­line sup­ply­ing fuel from Mars­den Point to Wiri.

‘‘I felt that cam­paign­ing was not com­pat­i­ble with me lead­ing that re­sponse.

‘‘I had set aside a week of door­knock­ing but that was not meant to be,’’ she says.

Cur­rent re­sults show Collins gained 1515 more votes than she did in the 2014 elec­tion.

She is ‘‘de­lighted’’ with the turnout.

‘‘Pa­pakura re­ally sup­ported me and the Na­tional Party by large mar­gins and I am very grate­ful for that sup­port.’’

Collins says she is con­fi­dent as the two ma­jor par­ties pre­pare coali­tion talks with NZ First leader Win­ston Peters.

‘‘I’m used to be­ing in coali­tion gov­ern­ment, so if we are able to form a gov­ern­ment with a coali­tion part­ner, then I’m sure things will work out.

‘‘We’ve had MMP for 21 years now and we’ve all got a lot bet­ter at it,’’ Collins says.

Mean­while, Pa­pakura Labour can­di­date Jesse Pabla was be­hind on 10,187 votes, NZ First’s Toa Green­ing re­ceived 2338 and Maori Party’s Raewyn Teresa Bhana re­ceived 440.

Na­tional re­ceived 16,204 party votes, Labour 9,612, NZ First 2824, ACT 156 and Greens 799.

It was Pabla’s first time stand­ing and the 22-year-old says he will ‘‘def­i­nitely’’ be back for the next elec­tion in 2020.

The ‘‘joys and ex­pe­ri­ences’’ of meet­ing so many peo­ple on the cam­paign trail is some­thing he looks for­ward to again, he says.

Labour’s Nanaia Mahuta also re­tained the Hau­raki-Waikato Maori elec­torate with 12,070 votes.

First-time Ma¯ori Party can­di­date Rahui Papa was be­hind on 4619.

Labour re­ceived 10,615 party votes and the Maori Party 1934.

Mahuta says she will ‘‘con­tinue to ad­vo­cate on re­duc­ing in­equal­ity and poverty, bet­ter homes, clean rivers, se­cure work and a fairer so­ci­ety’’ for the peo­ple of her elec­torate.

STUFF

Ju­dith Collins has re­tained the seat of Pa­pakura in her sixth elec­tion.

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