Winston Peters has launched his Northland by-election campaign by telling voters he’s offering them “a chance in a lifetime”.
The NZ First leader’s message at a street corner meeting was that if they back him he’ll be a strong advocate for a region that’s been neglected by successive governments.
“Northland ranks very high on social deprivation that that’s an absolute indictment of National’s woeful treatment of this region,” he told a street corner crowd in Wellsford today.
Mr Peters says that between now and March 28 he’ll cover the electorate from top to bottom in his “Force for the North” campaign bus.
The seat is vacant because National’s Mike Sabin resigned last month, citing personal reasons.
It’s been a safe National seat for decades but Mr Peters says he can win it by focusing on the way the region has been neglected.
And he’s targeting National voters by pointing out the government won’t change if he takes the seat, while the region will benefit from the strong message he’ll take to Wellington.
Mr Peters is up against candidates from National, Labour and ACT, as well as a handful of independents and four representing parties that aren’t in parliament.
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