Janette Walker is in the hunt to be Kaikoura’s Labour candidate for the 2017 general election.
Walker said the Government had failed regional New Zealand and she was working hard within the social services sphere to help people in hardship and give hard-working Marlburians a fair deal.
There was a chance to turn the traditional National-voting electorate towards Labour and “knock John Key off his perch”, Walker said.
Kaikoura Labour Electorate committee chairman Corey Hebberd said nominations for the Labour candidate for the Kaikoura electorate were open until April 29.
Walker was the only candidate to make a formal expression of interest, Hebberd said.
“Unquestionably, Labour has built a strong base in the Kaikoura electorate. We’ll be fighting hard in 2017 to maximise both our party vote and candidate vote.”
A strong base?
Here’s Labour’s vote in Kaikoura:
- 1999 – 11,357 PV 10,728 EV – lost by 1,486
- 2002 – 12,636 PV 12,096 EV – lost by 3,069
- 2005 – 12,515 PV 13,080 EV – lost by 4,675
- 2008 – 10,046 PV 9,297 EV – lost by 11,077
- 2011 – 6,775 PV 8,516 EV – lost by 11,445
- 2014 – 6,269 PV 8,287 EV – lost by 12,570
If this is what Labour calls unquestionably building a strong base, I congratulate them on their strategy and commend them to continue their good work.