Only 3 parties at meet the candidates


Invercargill & National MP Eric Roy, Labour list MP Lesley Soper and Green candidate Craig Carson took part in a public election meeting  organised by the Southland Branch of the National Council of Women last night.

Where were the representatives of the other parties?

The Invercargill no-show comes on top of news that only six of the eight  parliamentary parties are going to be represented in a multi-party debate in Queenstown.

The wee parties’ MPs can’t be everywhere but if they can’t find candidates or other representatives who won’t disgrace themselves or their parties to turn up at election meetings then why should we take them seriously?

Nat MP greener than Greeen


Invercargill MP Eric Roy is aiming for a carbon neutral re-election campaign and launched it by planting trees in yesterday. 

Tree-planting, recycled paper, and eliminating my carbon footprint are all on the agenda as I launch New Zealand’s first carbon-neutral election campaign to retain the Invercargill electorate.

As National’s associate conservation spokesman and an environmentalist, I wanted a campaign launch with a difference.

We’ve spent a lot of time on environmental issues this year, so I thought ‘why don’t I try and run a carbon-neutral campaign’?

Eric planted 20 podocarps in Queens Park yesterday which should be more than enough to off-set the carbon emissions produced while he drives around the electorate.

As well as offsetting my election carbon dioxide with the plantings, campaign material would in the main be hand-delivered around Invercargill, and campaign materials would use 100% recycled paper.

I will have to drive my car sometimes because it’s a long walk to Riverton for election meetings, but the tree planting is my offset.

Eric’s 2 year-old grandson helped with the planting.

He’s my tree monitor.  Over the years he’ll be the one keeping an eye on them for me.  It’s one way to stop him going to live in Australia!

Eric has challenged other candidates to follow his green example but the Southland Times reports :

Invercargill’s Green Party candidate Craig Carson applauded Mr Roy’s attempt to go carbon neutral.

“I think it’s great that he’s doing it. How well it works or not I’m not sure.” Mr Carson said that because he worked fulltime and had limited resources, he was not able to follow suit.

Kermit was right, it’s not easy being green and Eric’s showing that Blue-Green is greener than Green.



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