Taupo candidates speak
Taupo electorate and Tai Hauauru candidates had the chance to present their plan of attack during the South Waikato Grey Power recent Tokoroa meeting.
‘‘All candidates were given the chance to speak’’ during the Thursday gathering but only Labour’s Al’a Al-bustanji, National’s Louise Upston, NZ First’s Fletcher Tabuteau, and Tai Hauauru Labour MP Adrian Rurawhe showed up.
Maori Party Tai Hauauru candidate Howie Tamati was unavailable, Green Party candidate Julie Sandilands did not attend and United Future’s Quentin Todd pulled out.
New Zealand Democratic Party for Social Credit members John Pemberton and Katherine Ransom sent a written statement which was read out.
Prior to the meeting, candidates were given set questions which they each had the opportunity to answer.
That included how they rated their ability to represent and support older age groups, what their party was planning on doing to provide better access to medical services, affordable housing, equipping older workers with the skills to use changing technologies, water quality, and the Super Fund.
NZ First MP Fletcher Tabuteau was the most fired up, especially after Upston finished answering her questions, and had to remind himself to calm down which brought a few laughs from the crowd. The candidates will appear again at The Plaza in Putaruru on September 14.
‘‘All candidates were given the chance to speak.’’ Grey Power.
Taupo electorate National MP Louise Upston and NZ First candidate Fletcher Tabuteau.