Housing tops Yule’s agenda
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.’’
Kini Naholo scored 41 tries this year for Hastings Boys’ High School.