We are now within 100 days of the election.
In the Otaki and Mana electorates that cover the region we find two fairly well-entrenched incumbents, one apiece from each of the main parties.
Opponents will fight hard to topple them - or at the very least rustle up some party vote support.
What are the events that could shape voter response this term?
For starters I’m interested in the opening of the Kapiti expressway. Most people seem to love the $630 million road that will be the first of three running through both electorates. That might play nicely into National’s hands.
I’m also interested in how nationwide issues affect voters here. Todd Barclay has embarrassed everybody, all the way up to the Prime Minister. Does honesty, or the lack of it, affect how you vote? Can Bill English be trusted?
Whatever the answer, the Barclay scandal has at least injected some life into the election, which looked positively anaemic after the US and UK efforts.
— Joel Maxwell