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Upper Hutt Leader : August 10th 2011
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Photos: COLIN WILLIAMS Prime Minister John Key addressed an audience of about 300 national supporters at the Riverstone Recreation Hall on Tuesday evening. Touted by organisers as an old- style town hall'' event, the meet- ing was a pedestrian and respect- ful affair which never went any- where near delivering fireworks. Mr Key, several minutes late arriving at the hall from dinner at the Royal Wellington Golf Club, spoke for 20 minutes after being introduced by Jonathan Fletcher, the National Party candidate for the Labour-held seat of Rimutaka. Rimutaka Lions Club president Paul Lambert opened the meeting, making a formal apology for the non-appearance of the Upper Hutt mayor Wayne Guppy and the consequent empty seat on the stage. Mr Key delivered a set piece address on Why you should vote for National''. His first term in the country's top job had come in very demanding times with the global financial markets delivering what Mr Key called the toughest situ- ation, arguably since the Great Depression'', the Christchurch earthquakes and the 7500 aftershocks'' and the Pike River tragedy occurring. I think the Government has done particularly well, but I would say that,'' he said. In the last three years we've proven we are good in a crisis, we are not a government that panics but is level-headed in working our way through the big issues,'' Mr Key said near the end of his address. The Prime Minister recited the government's record on address- ing the country's financial deficit, promising the county will be back in surplus by 2014, maybe 2013... years and years earlier than forecast''. The economic outlook looks strong for lots of reasons,'' he said, emphasising the importance of developing long-term trade opportunities with a booming Asia''. All is good is the Key view of things. The problem'' of so many New Zealanders moving to Australia where they can earn at at least a third more in wages was touched on: We need to close that wage gap but we are making progress.'' Labour market reform including the success'' of the 90-day pro- bationary period were positives. People said it would be a disas- trous move... none of these things have happened.'' The government's record on both law and order and health were spelled out, with both areas cited as big spending priority areas where things were already improving. The election, now less than four months away, has to be seen as a contest of ideas''. I'm interested in the aspirations of New Zealanders, interested in the politics of aspir- ation and achievement, not envy,'' Mr Key said. The MC for the evening, Colin Salmon, then organised some questions for the Prime Minister, either submitted beforehand or taken from the floor. Mr Key was adept enough in handling them, mostly opting to go back a bit'' and detail the government's work on the issues raised, which firstly centred on the approach to state asset sales and included a need to rein in loan sharks, immigration, exchange rates and the age for superannu- ation eligibility. Perhaps the only subject that even raised the heat level to above a simmer was early childhood edu- cation. Less than 80 minutes after his arrival Mr Key left the stage. If any thoughts remained that this was not an out-and-out elec- tion mode performance they were dispelled with the Prime Minister's exit. Flanked by photographers, and his own security guards, Mr Key was swamped by well-wishers. He shook hands, kissed cheeks and talked briefly with party supporters. Spotting a couple of young chil- dren he made a beeline for them, taking a audience seat to chat at eye -- and no doubt camera -- level for a while. After 15 minutes of this the Prime Minister's real exit was made, with the job well done and the admittedly partisan crowd pleased as punch. Fight for hot seat By COLIN WILLIAMS The party vote is the one Mr Key and the National government want from you. Wrapping up his 20-minute address on Tuesday evening Mr Key made his only political reference to Upper Hutt, or more accurately, Rimutaka and Jonathan Fletcher, the National Party candidate for the Labour-held seat. We'd love Jonathan to be the MP for Rimutaka,'' Mr Key said. But if you can only give us one vote, give us the party vote,'' he said. Seated behind his leader and alongside his wife, Kylie, Mr Fletcher remained impassive as the call for the party vote in preference to any other was made. A first-time candidate, Mr Fletcher is looking to win Rimutaka from Labour's Chris Hipkins. Mr Hipkins won the seat, previously long held by Paul Swain -- a current regional councillor -- with a majority of 753 over National's Richard Whiteside. We are running a strong two-tick campaign,'' Mr Fletcher said a few days after the public meeting. That's the line we are taking in every electorate. The way MMP works the party vote is the only vote that counts but we are fighting hard in Rimutaka for the electorate vote because it's a marginal seat.'' The 2008 election was influenced by the candidacy of New Zealand First's Ron Mark who won more than 5500 votes. We would only need a 1.6 per cent swing and it's there to be won,'' Mr Fletcher said in March.
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