Taupo can­di­dates speak

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ STUFF

Taupo elec­torate Na­tional MP Louise Up­ston and NZ First can­di­date Fletcher Tabuteau.

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