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Ohariu candidates confident in the face of latest polls

Sep 12th, 2017 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

Ohariu Candidates from the Major parties at the meet the candidates meeting at the Tawa Union Church in Wellington last week

 

Ohariu electorate candidates from major the parties are feeling confident heading into the election on September 23, when the seat will have a new MP after the withdrawal of Peter Dunne.

Green Party Candidate Tane Woodley believes the Greens will be back in Parliament in a coalition led by Labour despite their drop in the polls.

“It’s going to come down to whether Labour leads us or whether they need New Zealand First or whether they need both of us,” says Woodley.

“We have to change the government because too many of the problems in New Zealand have just gotten worse under National’s watch”.

National candidate Brett Hudson says people in the electorate believe New Zealand is heading in the right direction.

“A strong economy is important for everyone to achieve their aspirations to allow families and individuals to make decisions with their lives.”

Labour candidate Greg O’Connor says the polls reflect that people feel that there is a need for change.

“Once that pull that was Jacinda Ardern’s arrival to the scene was there I think all of a sudden the momentum has gathered”.

The Labour Party had risen to 43% in the party vote according to the latest Colmar Brunton Poll, 4 percentage points ahead of The National Party on 39%.

Since an August 16 poll the Labour Party has climbed by about 6 percentage points while the National has gone down 5 percentage points.

In the preferred Prime Minister poll Jacinda Ardern now sits on 35%, while Bill English has dropped to 31%.

The Green Party has managed to claw its way back to the 5% threshold it needs to get a seat in Parliament, rising 1% point in the last poll.

The results weren’t favourable for Winston Peters, who has dropped three percentage points down to 4% as preferred Prime Minister.

New Zealand First also dropped in the party vote by two percentage points to 8%.

Despite this Winston Peters still appears to stand in a decision-maker position because neither National or Labour currently have the ability to form a government without a New Zealand First coalition.

 

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