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Upper Hutt Leader : November 23rd 2011
7 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 NEWS HUTT GABLES: 1094 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt 5018 www.oceanialiving.co.nz www.facebook.com/OceaniaGroup Talk to Beverley Sutherland on (04) 526 9292 or 027 433 8166 Why not make arranging a visit the next thing you do? HUTT GABLES VILLAS Two 2-bedroom villas. Both have open plan living: kitchen, lounge and dining room. Large single car garage with laundry tub. AVAILABLE FOR $300,000* Located in park-like settings; Hutt Gables Retirement Village has a new community centre (with gym, library, pool table and petanque), social functions & trips in the village van, and a family-friendly environment. Re-cladding work is currently taking place on these villas. This should be completed by late-January 2012. The village operator, the Oceania Group, is a Retirement Villages Association member and, as a consequence, follows strict standards and guidelines as to how it operates. * Ongoing ser vice fees apply. OG1468 Retirement Village close to Central Upper Hutt, 2 villas available soon. Prices based on payment by direct deposit / POLi or voucher for bookings through jetstar.com. For all other bookings, a Booking and Service Fee of $4 per passenger, per fare applies. Flights depart Wellington airport. Fares are one-way and non-refundable. Limited changes are permitted, charges apply. Availability is limited (not available on all flights or days). ^Carry-on baggage limits, including size restrictions, will be strictly applied. Passengers with more than the applicable carry-on baggage allowance will need to check in baggage, and charges will apply. See jetstar.com for more details. Jetstar Airways Pty Ltd ABN 33 069 720 243. JNZ1045/WC Join us! facebook.com/jetstarnz Fares are one way, carry--on baggage only^. You can choose from 15kg to 40kg checked baggage for an additional $8--$35 per passenger, per fare. Fares may not be available for travel during school and public holidays, or for bookings close to the date of departure. Flights commence 22 December 2011. Best availability from 24 January 2012. Fly Jetstar from Wellington direct to Queenstown jetstar.com from$79 'In the end, it's up to the voters' -- PM FROM Page 4 I guess I should probably start by saying none of the systems are perfect but I like proportional systems because I think they do ensure greater ethnic and gender balance in Parliament and that is more reflective of modern-day New Zealand. But the advantage of supplementary member is that you have slightly less of the characteristics of the tail wagging the dog, and I think there is some- thing about if you vote your MP out, then having your MP return on the list is, for at least some voters, a bit galling.'' Ohariu If Peter Dunne loses Ohariu, either to National's Katrina Shanks or to Labour's Charles Chauvel, Mr Key will lose a vote in the house. Will he be visiting Ohariu to give similar support to Mr Dunne? No, Mr Key said. I went to the opening of the UnitedFuture campaign, and that was a symbolic gesture.'' National was running a candi- date, Katrina Shanks, but campaigning for the party vote. However, Ohariu voters would be left to decide who should represent them. We've worked really construc- tively with UnitedFuture in the last three years. And MMP is a system that really demands work- ing relationships between various parties. We have good relation- ships with ACT and the Maori Party and UnitedFuture. The probability of us needing partners post-2011 to be in a pos- ition to put together a government is very high and we certainly know we can work with Peter Dunne.'' Coalition of losers government Although National looked certain to easily poll the most votes, was Mr Key seriously concerned that a coalition of lesser-polling parties could collectively garner enough seats to keep National out of gov- ernment? Mr Key said he was taking nothing for granted. Elections are always a close- run thing. If people want to see a National government returned then they need to vote for it,'' he said. It's a very real risk just as it was in 2008. But we believe that we are good managers of the econ- omy through a variety of different crises. We have lowered the crime rate, we have increased the out- put from the education sector and we have managed New Zealand through difficult times. We are campaigning, we believe, on a very strong record andwehavegotalotwewantto do over next three years -- getting the books back into surplus.'' Phil Goff responds FROM Page 5 In Mr Goff's view the law should be changed to make parties reach 5 per cent of the total vote, regardless of whether an MP is elected. If you want to gift a seat to John Banks, he will get that seat but he won't be able to smuggle another MP into Parliament unless his party gets a least 5 per cent.'' Ohariu Mr Goff could encourage Labour supporters to vote tactically, poten- tially blocking another National ally, Peter Dunne, from returning to Par- liament but said he will not. No, they should vote for Charles Chauvel [Labour],'' he said. My advice to anybody is vote for the candidate you think is the best, vote for the party whose policies and values you believe in. We're not tell- ing voters how they should vote.'' Coalition of losers Should National get the most votes but not gain power, would Mr Goff be comfortable with the most popular party not being part of government? The nature of MMP and the nature of democracy is that you try to represent the majority opinion and, if the majority opinion is repres- ented by two or three political par- ties instead of one, it is still rep- resenting the majority opinion. I don't regard the election as a foregone conclusion at all. Those that thought the All Blacks beating the French was a foregone conclusion had some very anxious moments there. The poll that counts is on the day.'' In the event that a coalition of lesser polling parties is in a position to discuss forming a coalition Gov- ernment, Mr Goff would talk to any- body except ACT or Hone Harawira, he said.
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