May 29, 2013
Labour network helping Whaitiri campaign
Labour’s Ikaroa-Rāwhiti candidate, Meka Whaitiri, says she will be drawing on the same team that made the late Parekura Horomia such an effective electorate MP.
The Governor General today issued the writ for the June 29 by-election to fill the vacancy created by the death of Mr Horomia a month ago.
Nominations must be in by midday on Wednesday.
Ms Whaitiri says covering an electorate stretching from East Cape to Wainuiomata requires a lot of help, but Mr Horomia showed how it could be done.
"He had an amazing team of supporters that either drove him places or could be his ears and eyes on the ground, given the enormity of the region. A lot of the supporters on the ground were actually my whānau. They've pushed me into this and I'm fortunate I have those supporters across the region on the ground," she says.
Ms Whaitiri says Labour’s affordable housing policy is particularly popular in the electorate because of the conditions people are living in.
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