Election Mdeeting

 

Hustings

Cold and unaffordable housing was the hottest topic in Kapiti’s first pre-election meeting on Wednesday evening.

The debate featured the National and Labour candidates for the two Kapiti electorates-  Mana and Otaki.

The four men were Labour’s Mana MP Kris Fa’afoi and his national challenger, Porirua businessman and former city councillor Euan Morrell, and Otaki MP and cabinet minister Nathan Guy and Labour challenger Rob McCann.

The labour candidates focused on their proposed housing package but also health services including mental health and the proposed Kapiti health centre.

The national candidates stressed the government’s nine-year record including delivery of the Kapiti expressway and the work on Transmission Gully plus the Pekapeka- Otaki expressway. Nathan Guy said the Kapiti route had come in under time and under budget.

But the clash of the evening came when national’s Euan Morrell described Housing New Zealand as one of the worst landlords in New Zealand. Morrell said a Masterton housing scheme could be a blueprint for social housing. He said some Porirua state houses were past fixing, partly due to the activities of people living in them.

McCann’s sharp reply:”You are blaming people for living in crappy homes”.

And McCann received applause when he congratulated Kapiti Coast District Council for holding on to its social housing.

McCann who started his speech with a cardboard cut-out of Labour leader Jacinda Ardern referred to a young mother who would have to take her newborn back to a house with holes in the wall  and black mould in the ceiling. He said she had been told to wash her baby in the kitchen.

McCann also said labour had a health priority, saying the health board’s budget was effectively $2.3 billion underspent.

Nathan Guy was asked about the 17,000 signature petition for improved Kapiti health services. He said Kapiti needed more services and the DHB would then need to do a full needs- analysis. But Guy said the world-wide shortage of medical staff would be a constraint on providing additional services at the Kapiti health centre.

A note on upcoming meetings:

 

Grey Power is hosting a series of ‘Meet the Candidate Meetings’ Please note the dates below. These are open to the Public so we would be delighted to see any friends, family and neighbours that you would like to bring along. ALL WELCOME J

 

MEET THE NZ GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATES

 

Tuesday 29th August – 10.00 am

Waikanae Community Centre (ex Senior Citizens Hall)

Utauta Street

Over the Elizabeth St. Railway crossing, turn first left pass Memorial Hall, turn right past tennis courts- hall on right. Plenty of parking

 

Thursday 31st August – 10.00 am

Otaki Senior Citizens Hall

Rangatira St

                                        Main Road, Mill Rd, to the Beach from Highway

Turn left at small round about just past Countdown (at beach shops) into Aotaki St. turn left at Sander Tie Factory, turn left into Rangatira St. Hall is on right hand side of Street.

 

Friday 1st September – 10.00 am

Scots Hall

Weka Road – Raumati Beach

Off State Highway 1 into Raumati Road turn right into Weka Road just past rose garden, before shops

 

Monday 4th September – 10.00 am

Ocean Road Community Centre: Senior Citizens Hall

                                                  Ocean Road, Paraparaumu Beach

Enter Kapiti Road off the Freeway travel towards the beach turn left at the small roundabout.