Tamati Coffey doesn’t even know his electorate boundaries

Tamati Coffey just can’t put a foot right these days.

One of the most basic requirements of being a candidate is knowing where your electorate is, and by default, where it is not.

Mr Coffey can’t even get this right.

In a recent post he bemoans the loss of “an icon of the Rotorua Electorate”.

It is sad to hear that Kiwi360 – an icon of the Rotorua Electorate, one so famous it even had its own stamp – has been brought and closed for good, with the site set to become the corporate offices of a kiwifruit company.

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Unfortunately for Tamati Coffey, Kiwi360 is not in the Rotorua Electorate. According to the Electoral Commission the company is in the East Coast Electorate.

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Oh dear.

This is the sort of basic fact checking he should do before making these remarks.

It isn’t even all bad news either. Kiwi360 is relocating to a better position and will operate under a new name.

After 30 years of operating from the same site, Kiwi360 tourism businesses will begin to shift off the property after closing the doors on Monday.

Kiwifruit Country Tours director Graeme Crossman said preparations were under way to relocate to a new destination, and on an interim basis tours would continue to operate on a private exclusive booking basis from an orchard in Paengaroa.

Mr Crossman said the move followed a decision by the business owning leases not to exercise a right of renewal of the lease which expired in February.

The property, known as Kiwi360 from which the businesses operated, had been purchased by Seeka which intends making the site its new corporate head office.

Mr Crossman said the growing popularity of the Tauranga Eastern Link was a motivating factor in the decision not to renew, and the potential future ‘by-pass effect’ had been a real concern.

“With cruise [passengers] being our biggest client, and continuing to grow strongly, there was also a compelling reason to relocate, to be on the direct route to Rotorua.

“It was a sad decision to make, but the venue and product is 30 years old, and a renewal and refresh of the tourism product is a great opportunity.”

Meanwhile the current site in the East Coast Electorate will become a head office for Seeka Kiwifruit Industries Limited. Quoting from their press release:

Seeka Kiwifruit Industries Ltd [NZX:SEK] has announced a series of property transactions.

These include the acquisition of land currently leased by Te Puke kiwifruit tour operator Kiwi360, which will be used as the site of Seeka’s new corporate head office, and the sale and sublease of properties no longer meeting the company’s requirements.

Seeka has confirmed the purchase of a 7.44 hectare property and a 5.44 hectare kiwifruit orchard adjacent to the property, with the purchase to be completed on 20 January 2016.

Sounds good to me.

Shame Tamati Coffey has yet again engaged the mouth before the brain.

 

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