April 02, 2014
Cunliffe sees red in BOP
Labour leader David Cunliffe believes Tamati Coffey has a chance of overturning National MP Todd McClay’s 7000-vote majority in Rotorua.
Mr Cunliffe says the other Labour candidate selected in the sulphur city on Saturday, Rawiri Waititi, can beat the Maori Party’s Te Ururoa Flavell in Waiariki.
Mr Cunliffe says the pair will also help the party reach out to young people.
"We’re delighted to have Tamati on board and also Rawiri Waititi who is a very high-energy campaigner, lots of experience in the community sector, he worked for the Waipareira Trust, he’s down there helping run the Whanau a Apanui runanga and I think he’s a force to be reckoned with as well. We’re very excited about our prospects in Waiariki and in Rotorua. The central North Island is going to be going red this year," he says.
David Cunliffe says while Labour is still languishing in the polls, the combined total for left wing parties points to a cliff hanger election.
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