National Triumph in Otaki

Guy tightens grip on Otaki with big majority over Labour candidate

By Alan Tristram

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.

But newcomer Peter Foster, of Waikanae, lawyer and well-known  a community leader, has not disgraced himself and will surely come back strongly strongly in the next round.

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.

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Yes the expressway “Fall Guy” did win but with circa 1000 LESS votes than 2008.
And that was while the National party rode a rising tide of sentiment for that nice Don Key.
You only need to look at Kris Faafoi’s result.
He opposed the expressway and increased his majority from 1,406 to 1,857.
It is like NZTA’s so called consultation (aka feedback).
As yet we have still never been asked the simple question “Do you want an expressway through Kapiti?”.
That question is important (irrespective of the location) because the traffic numbers do not justify it.
In 2000 there were 23,000 vehicles per day on SH-1 at Paraparam and in 2009 there were, wait for it, 23000 vpd.

In answer to “Colin” and to Kris Faafoi: Emphatically YES. The silent majority of Kapiti residents DO want an expressway. We acknowledge that we are not a sleepy hollow on our own private beach, but a growing community that needs bvusiness growth in order to alleviate the costs that currently fall on homeowners and residents. We are not following Alice through the looking glass; we live in a real world. The long-awaited expressway will allow the growth of the Kapiti-Horowhenua region and make it more attractive to people who are willing to move to the Kapiti Coast and contribute to the community as taxpayers. Let’s get our heads out of the sand and look to the future. It’s going to happen.

Its not difficult to work out who Tony voted for with the US Tea party catch phrase “silent majority”. An interesting expression which fits well with an empty rhetoric campaign by National . We’d like to see some real evidence of this silent majority. If the expressway was supported Kris Faafoi would not have been re-elected so convincingly in Kapiti, – most of the people affected by the expressway live within his electorate. Nathan Guys main support came from the farming community, in rural sectors that live no where near the proposed route. But I do agree with Tony that we need a road, a two lane local road and second bridge over the Waikanae river that will divert over 30% of traffic off state highway one. The majority of conjestion on that road occurs at peak hour local traffic times (8.30-9.30am, 4.30-6.oopm). Count the cars after 6.pm and there is a steady flow of busy traffic which is moving well as people commute home from Wellington. SH1 in fact operates overall at around 40% of capacity.

Congratulations to the silent majority within Kapiti who have seen sense in re electing Nathan Guy. Let us know get on and build our much needed road through Kapiti.