It includes one supporter who held membership for 30 years and the campaign’s coordinator is also understood to have walked away.
One of those who quit said the members had emailed in their resignations – and the reasons – to the party.
“They were eight core people and they’ve walked away. They expected us to help the Greens… we’re not going to work for the Greens, bugger that.”
The ex-member said supporters were unhappy about how they learned about the proposed deal.
“It leaked out at the [annual] conference. One of the candidates was told by Andrew Little… people here are really angry.
“It doesn’t make any sense, the numbers don’t stack up. NZ First will just suck up all our numbers.”
National learnt in 1999 that local members really don’t like it if you don’t stand a candidate. They can tolerate a campaign focused on the party vote only, but they really feel aggrieved if there is no candidate at all to support.
If Labour does stand aside in Nelson, I expect they’ll get more resignations.