The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE -

The wait is over, the de­ci­sion made. I look for­ward to see­ing what the new govern­ment will mean for the peo­ple in In­ver­cargill and wider South­land. I have spo­ken to sev­eral peo­ple in the city who wel­comed the change, though the fi­nal re­sults (see pages 4&5) sug­gest the coali­tion will not be uni­ver­sally wel­comed in the south.

I (al­most) heard the news driv­ing through wind­ing South­land roads to­wards Queen­stown. The ra­dio was cut­ting in and out, adding to the sus­pense and ex­cite­ment of it all.

I heard Win­ston’s voice an­nounc­ing ... ‘‘The NZ First coali­tion will be with ...’’

The ra­dio cut out.

No!! Who? What? How? It spo­rad­i­cally cut in and out with snip­pets of shock, cheer­ing and po­lit­i­cal chat un­til I gave up and di­alled (hands free of course) my part­ner. ‘‘Oh my god did you hear the news?’’ he an­swered.

It will be a big change for our coun­try. Like any­thing, you can never please ev­ery­one, but I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing what the fu­ture will bring.

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