Nash keeps hold on Napier
Napier’s incumbent MP Stuart Nash will stay on for another term, having convincingly beaten National’s candidate David Elliott.
On Sunday Nash was enjoying a wine in the sun at Bay View’s Crab Farm winery after being reelected.
He said going into the election there had been three main goals: to win the seat, increase the party vote for Labour, and increase voter turnout, and all three had been met.
Nash beat Elliott by 4248, and increase on 2014’s 3850 win over National candidate Wayne Walford.
Water and housing remained top of his list for what needed addressing in Napier, and he was determined to advocate for the community, no matter the issue.
Nash also wanted to see more policeman on the streets, and to continue to help constituents who came into his office.
‘‘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.’’
Meanwhile 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.
Lorck said it had been a hardfought battle, and she and her team could not have done anything more.
Labour’s Meka Whaitiri, the incumbent, won the Ma¯ori seat of Ikaroa-Ra¯whiti by more than 3500 votes. On Sunday she said she was tired, relieved and humbled.
Protesters gather at Farndon Park in Clive last week, braving the cold and the rain to protest against a water conservation order (WCO) that’s to be considered by a special tribunal. Horticulturalists, irrigators, their families, the people they employ, iwi and politicians all took part in the protest, which warned the WCO could damage the region’s economy. See REPORT page 3