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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

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