The Northern Advocate reports:
The 2017 election campaign appears to be off to an early start in Kerikeri with the National Party opening an out-of-Parliament office today – one day before Northland MP Winston Peters opens his first electorate office since winning the March byelection.
So Northland residents have not had an office for their local MP for six months. That’s show how committed Winston is to the seat.
Winston receives $350,000 a year of taxpayer money to be the MP for Northland. That is meant to be used for electorate offices, staff etc. But in six months he’s had no office or staff in Northland electorate.
Why? I doubt there is a lack of office space to be found.
Mr Peters had originally planned to open four offices around the electorate. A Dargaville office is planned and possibly also one in Wellsford.
So he promised four offices, and after six months has delivered one.
Mr Peters’ office hours have yet to be decided.
Will it be open at all, or just be an expensive billboard to promote Winston?