It looks like Labour has given up on winning back New Plymouth and Rotorua, bypassing them on their taxpayer funded leader’s roadshow.
The Labour Party is bypassing Taranaki in a series of meetings to be held before electing its new leader.
Details of the 12 meetings, spread across New Zealand, were announced yesterday as the Labour leadership race entered its next phase.
New Plymouth had been a traditional stronghold for the party with Harry Duynhoven holding the seat from 1993 until 2008, when National MP Jonathan Young wrested it from him with the country’s smallest majority of just 105 votes.
Mr Young then went on to defeat Andrew Little in 2011.
Labour Party general secretary Tim Barnett said the tight timeframe and having to hold meetings in the six biggest population centres had dictated where meetings were held. Read more »