Paraparaumu man Rob McCann has been selected as the Labour candidate for the Otaki electorate at a keenly-contested selection meeting.
Mr McCann is a communications and marketing specialist, and has been the White Ribbon anti-violence campaign manager since 2009.
He lives in Otaihanga on the Kapiti Coast with his partner Jo and two young children.
After the Labour selection meeting, he said: I’m honoured to accept the nomination to represent the people of Otaki.”
“I will listen to the concerns of our electorate and do my best to ensure the people of our community are represented.”
Mr McCann says people in the region are keenly interested in politics, as demonstrated by the Asset Sales Referendum.
He says: “Our area had the highest participation rate in New Zealand, and 66% said ‘NO’.”
“The government has already revealed their intention not to listen to the people, a position echoed by Nathan Guy. That is unacceptable and demonstrates an arrogance and contempt for the people of New Zealand,” he says.
He adds: “We have a high number of retirees in this electorate and many of our assets were built on the back of their hard work.
“It is a slap in their faces that Mr Guy and the ‘suits’ in Wellington have continued with this fire sale, destroying the wealth of our country.”
Other nominees at the selection meeting included second term Paraparaumu councillor Penny Gaylor and newcomer Jade Teki; all three nominees participated in an hour long question and answer session before delivering 15 minute speeches.
Mr McCann was a press secretary to Ruth Dyson in the last Labour Government and more recently headed the drive to collect signatures for the Asset sales referendum in the Otaki electorate.
He went to Otago University and has a Law and Drama degree,
He’s a keen debater and was a former president of the Otago University debating society.
Mr McCann is also the chair of the Paraparaumu Branch of the Labour Party, chaired the ‘Region Three’ Labour Party Conference, and sits on the Labour Rural & Regional Sector Council