National list MP Hekia Parata has been selected to contest the seat of Mana in the forthcoming by-election.
This is a safe Labour seat and no-one is pretending otherwise, but Hekia says she’s ready to run a strong campaign for National.
“I have a sound record of bringing energy, action, and voice to the interests of everyone who lives and works here. I want the best for Mana’s people and its businesses.” . . .
“I come from a family which understands the importance of education. Now, as a mother, I am focused on ensuring that my daughters have good health, an excellent education, and a set of values that will guide them well as proud New Zealand citizens of the world.
“I want the same opportunities for all the people of Mana.” . . .
It’s a little early for a quote of the campaign but Big News is a contender with this:
Labour’s candidate has been selected too, but they haven’t announced it yet, because the official selection -process hasn’t been completed, and nominations don’t close until tomorrow.
He’s referring to the news that:
Fran Mould has resigned as Deputy Political Editor for TVNZ , according to well placed sources.
The reason is an agreement in principle that she will replace Kris Faafoi as Chief Press Secretary to Phil Goff, when Faafoi becomes the Mana MP.
That’s what happens when you think democracy means of the party, by the party for the party.