March 31, 2014
Candidates have broad appeal
Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta expects the party’s two newest candidates to put up a spirited challenge for seats in the Bay of Plenty.
On Saturday former television weather presenter Tamati Coffey won the nomination to contest the Rotorua seat held by National’s Todd McClay, while Rawiri Waititi will take on Te Ururoa Flavell in Waiariki.
Ms Mahuta says they are talented and skilled candidates who will appeal to a new generation of voters.
"Tamati started his TV career with What Now while he was studying at university and he has grown up with those children who are now able to vote, and mums love him (too). He has good appeal. If anyone is going to tip Todd McClay off his turu it’s Tamati. He’s energetic, he’s committed to putting a Labour message out there that delivers for Rotorua. He’s more than a weatherman," she says.
Ms Mahuta says Labour isn’t concerned about the latest polls showing Labour at 31 percent
because the formal campaign hasn't started.
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