Hous­ing tops Yule’s agenda

The Hastings Mail - - FRONT PAGE - LAURA DOONEY

The new mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Tuk­i­tuki is well aware he had some de­trac­tors dur­ing his cam­paign, af­ter last year’s wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion cri­sis while he was mayor of Hast­ings.

‘‘Ab­so­lutely, there were some peo­ple that won’t have voted for me be­cause of that,’’ Lawrence Yule said af­ter his win.

‘‘I un­der­stand why, I un­der­stand that sen­ti­ment. I met those peo­ple dur­ing door­knock­ing.’’

He beat Labour’s Anna Lorck by 2757 votes to take the seat, but said the im­pact of Have­lock North’s gas­tro out­break on his pop­u­lar­ity was a ‘‘real un­known’’ dur­ing his cam­paign, although polling sug­gested he was the favourite.

There were three main is­sues he planned to tackle in Tuk­i­tuki.

The first: hous­ing. The Gov­ern­ment was al­ready ad­dress­ing the prob­lem, he said, but more houses needed to be built.

‘‘It’s as sim­ple as that.’’ Metham­phetamine was also on his list.

‘‘I’m re­ally cerned about what it’s do­ing to our community and fam­i­lies. I’m in­ter­est­ing in pushing a hard line on do­ing what we can to help fix that, in­clud­ing more pro­vi­sion for ad­dic­tion ser­vices.’’

The third, and largest, is­sue con- fac­ing the re­gion was wa­ter, and how it was man­aged.

Lorck said it had been a very hard-fought bat­tle, and she and her team could not have done any­thing more.

‘‘We fought re­ally hard in a Na­tional strong­hold, against an in­cum­bent mayor. To achieve what we have, I’m in­cred­i­bly proud.’’

Lorck said she had loved ev­ery minute of the cam­paign, and for now was look­ing for­ward to get­ting back to work, and en­joy­ing the Hawke’s Bay sum­mer.

Fur­ther north, Labour’s Stuart Nash was en­joy­ing a wine in the sun at Bay View’s Crab Farm win­ery, af­ter be­ing re-elected as MP for Napier, beat­ing Na­tional’s David El­liott by 4248 votes.

Wa­ter and hous­ing re­mained top of Nash’s list for what needed ad­dress­ing in Napier.

‘‘To those who voted for me, I’m in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for them put­ting their con­fi­dence in me.

‘‘For those who didn’t, I’m go­ing to work re­ally hard to get their votes and, if not, their re­spect.’’

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/STUFF

Kini Na­holo scored 41 tries this year for Hast­ings Boys’ High School.

Lawrence Yule

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