Straw­poll gives more ticks tomp

Manawatu Standard - - FRONT PAGE - Mathew Gro­cott mathew.gro­[email protected]

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.

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