The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - Ian Stew­ard, Chief News Di­rec­tor

Whangarei and North­land ap­peared to be big win­ners in the elec­tion. With Na­tional win­ning both elec­torates, the Labour deputy leader win­ning Te Tai Tok­erau, and lo­cals Win­ston Peters, Shane Jones and Wil­lowJean Prime all go­ing to Par­lia­ment, the North is go­ing to be well-rep­re­sented in the House. The ques­tion now will be whether that rep­re­sen­ta­tion can trans­late into pos­i­tive change for the re­gion. Will Win­ston Peters use some of his new-found king­maker power to make the North­port rail project hap­pen as he promised? Or has be­ing slighted by North­land vot­ers made him change his mind? Will he still be push­ing for Auck­land’s port to be re­lo­cated north? Na­tional will now re­alise wa­ter­ways are a big is­sue for many - it’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see how they re­act. One thing was clear from the elec­tion night re­sults - Labour’s strength is its Ma¯ori and Pasi­fika vot­ers. They bet­ter start look­ing like it and start de­liv­er­ing for those con­stituents.

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