Holt gets Green’s He­lensville nod

Western Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - CAL­LUM MCGIL­LIVRAY

Hop­ing to carve out a new ca­reer in pol­i­tics, Hay­ley Holt is putting her hand up for the He­lensville seat for­merly held by John Key.

The Green Party can­di­date con­firmed her se­lec­tion to stand for the seat held by the for­mer prime min­is­ter on Fe­bru­ary 17 and said her main fo­cus will be ad­dress­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues in the north-west.

‘‘We’ve got to pro­tect our forests, and clean up our wa­ter­ways,’’ she said.

The 35-year-old said cli­mate change is not be­ing taken se­ri­ously and is of ma­jor con­cern to her and is ul­ti­mately what in­spired her to stand. Holt has iden­ti­fied trans­port as an is­sue that ‘‘ab­so­lutely’’ needs ad­dress­ing – par­tic­u­larly the need for a train ser­vice to and from the area.

‘‘At the mo­ment the train only goes out to Ranui - It doesn’t go any fur­ther and it needs to.’’

The for­mer pro­fes­sional snow­boarder and cur­rent TV pre­sen­ter said she has a spe­cial as­so­ci­a­tion with He­lensville.

‘‘To me, it rep­re­sents the best of New Zealand and its prox­im­ity to Auck­land. If I could ever buy a house, which is prob­a­bly not likely, I would love to have a life­style block in He­lensville.’’

Holt said run­ning against for­mer prime min­is­ter Key was not some­thing she was aim­ing to do.

‘‘John Key didn’t ac­tu­ally come into my think­ing, which would sur­prise peo­ple.’’

Holt is hold­ing a cam­paign meet­ing with Green Party supre­mos on Fe­bru­ary 19 to plan her cam­paign build­ing up to­wards the gen­eral elec­tion day on Septem­ber 23.

‘‘It’s early days, but for the next few months, I will be trav­el­ling around the area and talk­ing to peo­ple to see what is their main con­cern.’’

When asked if she would be at­tend­ing events in the area such as the He­lensville A&P Show, and Kumeu Show, Holt said ‘‘A&P shows of course, that’s re­ally im­por­tant to the area’’.

‘‘I’m ba­si­cally go­ing to ev­ery­thing I pos­si­bly can.’’

Holt has been a co-host on Back Benches since May, 2016 and is well­known for host­ing sports show The Crowd Goes Wild and ap­peared on Danc­ing With the Stars for three sea­sons, be­com­ing a judge in the sixth se­ries in 2015. Holt also won the TV show Trea­sure Is­land: Pi­rates of the Pa­cific in 2007.

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