Face of the Day

The Green Party will fight National’s Nick Smith for the Nelson seat in this year’s election.

This is the first time the Green Party has tried to win a seat since it held the Coromandel electorate in 1999.

Nick Smith has held the Nelson seat for over 20 years and in the last election increased his majority to 7605.

However, Nelson councillor Matt Lawrey said people in Nelson wanted change, in particular, more action on housing, water quality, and developing the waterfront.

“In the 20 years that I’ve live in Nelson nothing has been done to make it safer or more inviting for pedestrians, cyclists, even motorists and the reason for that is Nelson MP Nick Smith has this obsession with trying to build another motorway.”

What a load of piffle.  You can’t walk around Nelson for tripping over cycle lanes.

And people in Nelson are sick of the traffic jams and do indeed want a third arterial road.

Green Party co-leader James Shaw said he was confident their candidate had the profile and experience to beat Dr Smith.

“The mood on the ground is that they’re ready for somebody new.

No matter how much Smith is a muppet as a minister, as an MP he has had Nelson locked down for two decades.  The Green party stand exactly zero chance of making any significant impact.



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