Nash keeps hold on Napier

The Napier Mail - - FRONT PAGE - LAURA DOONEY

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.

PHOTO: JOHN COWPLAND/STUFF

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

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