Who will win battle for Wairarapa?
Advance voting is now open so the election is officially on. The race for the Wairarapa seat is heating up with Kieran McAnulty (Labour) and Ron Mark (NZ First) putting up a strong challenge to incumbent Alastair Scott (National). We asked our readers on Neighbourly and Facebook who they think is the best person for the job and why?
‘‘Kieran hands down; what exactly has Alastair Scott done for the Wairarapa in the last 3 years except show up where a camera will be?’’
‘‘Ron Mark - NZ FirstMP We need a powerful voice that will have decision making power on the front bench. Personally, I am excited we have a chance to make history Red or Blue nothing new.’’
‘‘Wellingtonians don’t care about the Wairarapa and neither should they. Wellington has enough of its own troubles. That’s why we need a local that will be a voice for the region.’’
‘‘Ron Mark for me. For the issues which directly effect me he already is up to play with what can be done.’’
‘‘Kieran McAnulty....he is young, fresh, smart, energetic and passionate about Wairarapa. Everybody needs to start somewhere and he won’t languish long on the back benches, lazily picking up his salary. He is also a man of his word.....he has not done abrupt about-faces like another I could mention.’’
‘‘Ron Mark hands down. Strongest and most experienced of the lot by a country mile and able to put the electorate first before party interests unlike the other two.’’
‘‘Ron Mark. He knows his stuff. I find it absolutely hilarious that Alastair Scott said that he is proud of his achievements. As far as I can tell he has done nothing at all. I guess one must be proud of not doing anything wrong?’’
‘‘Actually none of them have any history of actually doing anything? What have any of them actually achieved?’’
‘‘Nothing new, National sleep walking into power.’’
All they know is how to create bigger and less affordable lollies for us to scramble for. Why isn’t anyone paying attention to the underlying problems. It’s the economy stupid and what it’s founded on - foreign debt inflated by this government.
ITWAS ALSO PROVOKING A LOT OF COMMENT ON STUFF.
This seat isn’t true blue, people need to remember 1999 when transgender Labour candidate defeated National candidate, media personality Paul Henry, shutting him out Parliament. She went on to win a second term in 2002, before retiring before the 2005 election when John Hayes (National) took over. He was often cited as the most invisible electorate MPin the country. Wairarapa will be a good one to watch this year, it will be closer than we all think.
Labour’s anti-agriculture policies will count against it making gains in Wairarapa.
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Wairarapa general election candidates for 2017 at a Meet the Candidates event at Kuranui College.