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Housing, healthcare, environment on agenda in Newtown

Sep 15th, 2017 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

National may have received the most party votes in Rongotai last election, but it was a tough crowd for Chris Finlayson at the Newtown Resident’s Association Meet the Candidates meeting.

Finlayson (left) did raise a crowd chuckle when he described himself as “having the bedside manner of an undertaker”.

However he was battling a disgruntled mood in the meeting.

Housing, healthcare and environment were the topics at the front of the people’s mind, with the poverty gap being the number one concern raised by the majority of the packed church hall.

Mr Finlayson outlined National’s policies alongside Paul Eagle, the Labour candidate, Teall Crossen from the Green Party, Paddy Plunket from TOP, Geoff Mills from NZ First and Bruce Welsh from the NZ Conservative Party.

Responding to Mr Finlayson’s assertion that he doesn’t like to see any difference between rich and poor, an interjection from the audience asked what National was going to do about the issue.

“No-one has a monopoly on compassion madam, not even you,”  Finlayson said, to a chorus of boos.

In related comment, the Greens’ Teall Crossen added: “I believe Chris Finlayson when he says he’s concerned about poverty, the question is action.”

As the evening was brought to a close, candidates were asked who they would vote for if they could not vote for themselves.

Labour said the Greens, The Greens said Labour, Mr Welsh from the Conservative Party nominated National, Mr Mills from NZ First chose the Conservative Party, Ms Plunket from Top was torn between Labour and Greens; and Mr Finlayson said he would only ever vote for himself.

The latest 1 News Colmar Brunton Poll has Labour up one point from the previous poll to 44% of the party vote with National also up one point now at 40%.

The Greens are up two points to 7% while NZ first has dropped three to 6%.

Jacinda Ardern is still the preferred Prime Minister with 34% followed by Bill English on 32% – up two points from last week’s poll. Winston Peters is holding steady on 5%.

The 1News Colmar Brunton poll ran from September 9 – 13 and polled 1006 eligible voters throughout New Zealand by landline. The margin of error is ± 3.1%.

 

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