National’s Nathan Guy has swept back into Parliament with a convincing total of 17,991 in the Otaki electorate — a majority of nearly 5,100 over Labour’s newcomer Peter Foster (12,892).
The vote will come as a blow to anti-Expressway campaigners, who had been pinning their hopes on a Labour victory to scupper the new Expressway, which will carve up the heart of the Kapiti Coast. The Greens’ Michael Gilchrist got 1552 votes; and NZ First candidate David Scott (former KCDC councillor) 1052.
Mr Guy, who once trailed Labour’s Darren Hughes in the electorate, has been a staunch advocate for the massive motorway since abandoning his support for the greener Western Link Road, planned by the KCDC with majority support in the Kapiti community.
A family man, he’s risen from humble beginnings in a crowded Samoan-Kiwi home in south Auckland.
It’s been a saga of phenomenal study (two major university degrees) and hard graft — plus community work — which dwarfs Mr Key’s fairy tale of a ‘State House to rich merchant banker’ type of Kiwi.
The Green’s well-liked Michael Gilchrist is third ranked in the electorate vote with 1552 votes. He’s also on the List, but only ranks 21, which means he misses out this time round.
NZ First’s David Scott is well-known for his feisty three years in the last triennium of the KCDC, and his work as an animal welfare campaigner. He came fourth in the electorate vote with 1056. Again, like Mr Gilchrist, he misses out on a List seat as he’s only ranked at 19, well short of the group of eight NZ First candidates expected to become MP’s.
In the Party vote, National triumphed again with 16,.427 votes, to Labour’s 10,249 — a massive margin of 6,178.
The Greens got 3,240 votes, NZ First 2,896.