Snow can’t stop the message

September 10, 2017

Three years ago when Hamish Walker was campaigning for National in Dunedin South  he donned skis to continue door knocking when it snowed.

He’s now National’s Clutha Southland candidate and is showing he still won’t let snow stop the message:


National working for and in the south #1

September 19, 2014

Fantastic Fact # 1:
This series has come from the Facebook page of Michael Woodhouse MP who says:

For the past 50 days I’ve been posting my 50 fantastic facts about Dunedin and the South. Why? Because I want to bring some balance to the constant negativity from media and some left wing MPs who say ‘Vote Positive’ but talk negative. Yes there have been some setbacks, but on balance we have negotiated our way through really tough times well. Please vote. But please vote for the candidate and the Party that is working hardest for the South and the Country.

Dunedin people have the chance tomorrow to vote for national which will carry on working positively for the city, the south and Dunedin

They also have the chance to vote for Michael in Dunedin North and Hamish Walker in Dunedin South to get two strong, positive voices for the city.


#teamkey becomes #teamski

August 8, 2014

Campaigning in winter isn’t always easy.

But National’s Dunedin South candidate Hamish Walker isn’t going to let a little snow get in the way of proving to voters that the party is working for New Zealand whatever the weather:
Commitment for team key on skis. #teamski

#teamkey is also #teamski


No sea cold enough

July 22, 2014

Hamish Walker, National’s candidate in Dunedin South received one of those Ice Challenges and accepted it with a twist.

He chose to do it by total immersion in the sea at St Clair,wearing a kilt, with the support of some Young Nats and the accompaniment of the bagpipes.

 

Can't say THANK YOU enough to John BP, Katy H & Liz B who were stupid enough to join me this morning for the Ice Challenge- what commitment to the National Party!

It goes to show there’s no sea cold enough to stop the pursuit of party votes for National and #TeamKey who are seeking #3moreyears.

You can see it on video here – while you’re there you could like his Facebook page too.


Jo Hayes Nat candidate for Chch East

June 13, 2014

The National Party has selected List MP Joanne Hayes as its Christchurch East candidate for the 2014 General Election.

“Joanne has been a valuable member of our caucus as a List MP and will work hard for Christchurch East,” said Regional Chair Roger Bridge.

“National has made the rebuild one of its top priorities. Another Christchurch-based MP will help to keep our city’s voice strong in John Key’s National Party.”

Ms Hayes said she was proud to earn National’s nomination and is looking forward to the campaign.

“National is making real progress on the Christchurch rebuild, building a stronger economy with more jobs, and supporting hardworking families. Christchurch communities are seeing the benefits of a Government that is focussed on what matters and putting the needs of Christchurch at the top of the agenda,” said Ms Hayes.

“There are just three short months until the election on 20 September. I’ll be working hard to get out in the electorate and engage with the issues facing Christchurch East communities,” said Ms Hayes.

Joanne Hayes – Biographical Notes                                                                                      

Joanne Hayes is a National List Member of Parliament. She is of Ngati Porou, Ati Haunui A Paparangi, and Rangitane ki Wairarapa descent, and is married to Pat with two sons and two grandchildren.

Before entering Parliament at the beginning of this year, she held executive level positions in the health, social services, and education sectors, most recently as Director of Community Relations for UCOL Whanganui.

Ms Hayes previously stood for National in Dunedin South in 2011.

Jo has the distinction of being the candidate who won the party vote in Dunedin South which had been regarded as deep red.

Christchurch East is also a very red seat. Jo and her team will be working hard to change that and the electorate will benefit from having another government MP working in and for the city as it recovers from the earthquakes.


Hamish Walker Nat candidate for Dunedin South

May 26, 2014

The National Party has selected Hamish Walker as its candidate for Dunedin South:

Mr Walker is a born-and-bred Dunedinite. He attended John McGlashan College and holds a Diploma in Television and Film from Otago School of Media. His family ties to the city stretch over 160 years.

After completing his studies in Dunedin, he moved to Auckland, completed a degree in accountancy, and in 2012 started his own property management business, which is now being franchised.

Alongside his successful business career, Mr Walker has been a youth mentor for young people suffering Type One Diabetes, and lives with the condition himself. He is also a keen sportsman, and is a first class rugby referee who has refereed games around the world.

“Dunedin is my home and I am passionate about the city where I was born and grew up,” said Mr Walker.

“I’ve returned to Dunedin to run because I want Dunedin to be a place more people want to move to and have a family, a place where more students want to stay on when they finish their studies.

“I will be a strong and passionate voice in John Key’s National Party for the people of Dunedin South if elected in September.”

He also plays the bagpipes.

As the party’s Southern regional chair, I was involved in the selection and am delighted that Hamish is our candidate.

Dunedin South has been regarded as a safe Labour seat but National won the party vote in the electorate three years ago.

Jo Hayes, who stood for National there then, is contesting another electorate this time and Hamish will be working very hard to build on her achievement.

The seat has turned from red to purple and he has the ability to turn it blue.


Curran not standing or not wanted?

December 28, 2013

Friday’s ODT had an interesting advertisement:

The New Zealand Labour Party wishes to advise all Electorate, Branch and Affiliated members that nominations for the Dunedin South constituency remain open. The closing date has been amended and is now February 28 2014.

Does this mean that sitting MP Clare Curran isn’t standing or that she’s standing but not wanted and the party’s hoping for other nominations?

Or does it just mean there’s been a muck-up and no-one’s been nominated at all?

Whatever the answer this is most unusual in what was once a dark red seat.

However, at the last election it was more purple – National won the party vote and its candidate Jo Hayes, who will enter parliament on the list when Katrina Shanks retires next month, made a serious dent in Curran’s majority.

Hat tip: Pete George


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