Holt gets Green’s Helensville nod
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.