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Thursday, 23 May 2019 04:53 am

Word on the street says inequality on voters’ minds tonight

AN HOUR before polling booths closed, Yc Lee and Jonty Dine took to the sodden Wellington streets to gauge the mood of the capital.

Political scandals and child poverty were on the minds of Wellington voters on the streets of the capital early this evening.

Joseph Walker, 44 from Arty Bees Bookstore cast his vote a week early and says he’s confident about his party’s victory.
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“The result is a foregone conclusion,” he says.

One first time voter found the election experience quite overwhelming.

Jemima Lomax, 19, thought the campaign was “scandalous” and is very excited for the results coverage. She believes the result will be a really close call.

inpostNPTimothius Booth, 21, wants poverty at the forefront of Parliament’s priorities.

“It’s shameful that a country with our resources can’t afford to feed our kids,” he says.

Mr Booth says: “We can’t just throw money at the problem. Action must be taken from the ground up.”

He feels the Greens will be the party which best addresses inequality.

When asked about the tumultuous campaign Mr Booth, left, said the scandals are “just part of politics.”

Mr Booth says he didn’t let the scandals influence his vote, and in the end just “went with his heart”.

Cheryl Ware, 26, a history postgraduate living in Australia, was in the country for a conference and cast her vote.
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“I’ve always been a staunch Labour supporter,” she says.

Mrs Ware, right, also wants the poverty issue addressed immediately.

“I wouldn’t mind paying higher tax if it contributes to reducing child poverty,” she says.

inpostnp4Cashmere Jackson, 32, also believes child poverty should be one of the first issues addressed by the new government.

“I want to see the widening inequality gap closed,” Mrs Jackson says.

I know from experience children whose basic needs aren’t met, cannot focus and therefore adversely disadvantaged.

Ms Jackson, left, says she feels the amount of campaign advertisements tended to favour the National Party.

“I wonder if its candidates just throwing money to get votes,” she says.

The mood was rather settled in the political hub of New Zealand with results not set to be announced until after 7pm.

 

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