Otaki Election Candidates Air Their Views On Abortion — And Other Key Issues

Terisa Ngobi, Labour’s candidate for Otaki, who’s a Catholic, says she would have voted ‘yes’ for changes liberalising the aborton law, reports Jeremy Smith.

She was speaking at an election meeting in Paraparaumu sponsored by Greypower.

The abortion referendum was raised by Mr Loyd Barry who wanted to know if any of the candidates would vote ‘yes or no’ to the three clauses changing the law.

Ms Ngobi, said she would vote yes.

Pride in Pacific people emphasised

During the presentations Ms Ngobi, who has Samoan ancestry, seemed to be the target of a racial slur. But she saw off the slur by emphasising her pride in Pacific people.

Social Credit’s Amanda Vickers said she would have voted ‘no’ to any change, as would Michael Kay while Martin Frauenstein wanted a binding referendum.

Tim Costley was opposed to late–term termination while the Green’s Bernard Long said he would vote ‘yes’ for liberalisation

Tim Costley at the Otaki market

Covid-19 and the future

The government’s management of Covid and what happens next were the main background at the meeting.

Six candidates all representing registered parties- minor and major – spoke. 

ACT’s candidate for Otaki Wayne Grattan did not attend. , even though ACT may be polling highly enough to bring in four or more MPs.
No-one spoke for New Zealand First.

Costley’s Plan for local transport

Former Air Force wing commander Tim Costley said he supports the four-laning of Highway One from Otaki to Levin. He wants further rail electrification north of Waikanae and is involved in the campaign to save Kapiti Airport. 

He said National had a plan to grow the economy and create jobs after the ‘biggest economic recession in memory.’

He also questioned why the winter energy payment was not being paid to specifically targeted groups.

Ngobi runs on Labour’s record

Terisa Ngobi ran on the record of the Labour-led government, including the energy payment. and the job subsidy scheme which had affected 20,000 jobs.

She also noted the government support to make GP visits more affordable.

Ngobi says as an MP she would lobby to have regular health specialists visit the existing hospital facilities at both Levin and Paraparaumu.

An apartheid survivor

The New Conservative Party’s Martin Frauenstein described himself as a survivor of apartheid in South Africa. He said the passing of the Foreshore and Seabed Act in 2004 made him aware that the government of New Zealand could do anything it wanted.

Green candidate Bernard Long said his party had been an effective partner of the current government.

His association with the Levin budget service had made him aware of the low incomes and poor access to health services through the electorate

Waikanae’s Amanda Vickers is the deputy leader of the Social Credit party.
She outlined the party’s traditional policy of using the Reserve Bank to create money, which she said was foreshadowed by the Labour government of the 1930’s.

Attica’s attitudes

Lake pollution has long worried guardian Phil Tauekei

Another candidate from Manakau,  regenerative farmer Michael Kay represents the Attica project, set up when he and another candidate left the New Zealand Outdoors Party.

Kay wants Lake Horowhenua (‘NZ’s most polluted lake’) cleaned up and is opposed to foreign owned farms. He says New Zealand has too much debt and GST should be removed.

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