Labour has selected its challenger to try and turn the safe National seat in Kaikoura red.
Former farmer, mediator and community advocate Janette Walker is the first confirmed Labour candidate in New Zealand for the 2017 general election. …
Walker was defeated by National’s Stuart Smith in the 2014 general election after Smith won with a final majority of more than 12,000 votes.
Walker said this time around she was better known but she would not be making any changes to her campaign style.
The campaign style was relentless negativity and gloom.
The result was Labour got a miniscule 17.1% of the party vote in Kaikoura.
The Marlborough economy was not booming, exemplified by 23 empty shops in the town centre, she said.
The electorate is more than Blenheim. Stats NZ reported in March:
For the year ended March 2015, Marlborough’s GDP increased 2.2 percent, which was influenced by volatility in agriculture, largely offsetting increases in other industries.
From 2010–15, Marlborough’s economy increased 28.0 percent. This was led by the manufacturing industry (food, beverage, and tobacco product) – Marlborough’s largest.
28% increase over five years is pretty damn good.