Strawpoll gives more ticks tomp
An unscientific polling of the audience has given the incumbent the victory in last night’s Manawatu Standard Palmerston North Election Debate.
Labour MP Iain Lees-galloway and National candidate Leonie Hapeta answered a range of questions at Palmerston North Library last night.
Audience members were approached at random and asked for their views as they left the event.
‘‘I thought Iain did really well,’’ said Stephanie Velvin.
Miss Velvin said she liked his ability to talk about his party’s policies. In turn she did not think Mrs Hapeta had backed up much of what she said with specific policy.
Rebecca Shannon said she felt some of Mrs Hapeta’s responses were ‘‘pre-programmed’’.
She also observed that some members of the audience had lacked manners and did not like how often candidates were interrupted by audience members.
‘‘We all came here to hear what the candidates had to say,’’ she said.
Ian Keyes, an ardent Green supporter, said: ‘‘I thought Iain was the better public speaker, more sure of himself.’’
Mrs Hapeta had not made much of an impression on Mr Keyes, who admitted he could not remember her name.
His wife, Tracey Keyes, said the questions were interesting. ‘‘It was good to see their different perspectives.’’
David Ireland, a former city councillor who ‘‘ came along to listen’’, said he was not satisfied with Mr Lees-galloway’s explanation of the proposed capital gains tax. Mr Ireland said it did not go far enough and he wanted to see the tax included on all homes, not just investment properties.
Mrs Hapeta had answered questions well, Mr Ireland said, and he had gained an understanding of who she was from her answers.
Mr Ireland felt Mr Lees-galloway had at times been repeating lines he had already heard from other Labour MPS on radio and television.
Anne Spring said both candidates ‘‘spoke very clearly’’.
‘‘They both presented very strong arguments, it was a good debate, they both presented well.’’
Barry Cleland also thought both candidates had been ‘‘good’’.
He said it was good to hear debate about the Manawatu Gorge road closure, which was a ‘‘huge issue at the moment’’.
But he said he was still unclear about what the solutions might be.