Eastern Courier : February 2nd 2011
www.easterncourier.co.nz Wednesday, February 2, 2011 Candidates on trail By MATT BOWEN WHO'S that at the door? If you live in the Botany electorate it's likely to be National's Jami-Lee Ross or Labour's Michael Wood. Both men have won the right to contest the March 5 byelection. Mr Ross' final rival for the sought-after candidacy was former radio host Maggie Barry while Mr Wood won the three-man race. Botany is considered a safe National seat yet 25-year-old Mr Ross is taking nothing for granted. I always work very hard in campaigns and I work hard until the last minute,'' he says. I think Botany people want to see the economy suc- ceed. They want to see the government well managed because the economy is cur- rently the country's biggest issue. Law and order is a par- ticularly big issue on the minds of the Botany people. We'll be campaigning on those and talking to people about the fact that National has a plan for achievement with the economy and we've been willing to put more resources into policing.'' Mr Ross spent Friday taking calls from media but also thanking those who supported him through the hard-fought selection process. Standing for Parliament has been a goal of his for a number of years''. It's sad to see Pansy Wong go but I'm a local Botany resi- dent. This is my home and com- munity. I do believe local MPs should be local people,'' he says. Meanwhile, Labour doesn't expect to win and that's fine with Mr Wood. I'm a New Zealand cricket supporter so I'm used to having low expectations,'' he says. A Labour candidate run- ning in a real National stronghold like Botany, you have to have the same approach.'' The father of two and for- mer union organiser was raised in Pakuranga but now lives in Mt Roskill. He's excited about the cam- paign. The goal is really simple and that is to relentlessly focus in on the issues and hold the govern- ment to account. We think they've failed absolutely abysmally in terms of their economic man- agement and now our assets are on the table. It's about putting our policies and our values on the table really clearly.'' Emmerdale soap hooks the Mad Butcher By MATT BOWEN Touch then go: As the clock nears 12.30pm Sir Peter Leitch nestles in for the latest Emmerdale episode. Photo: MATT BOWEN Emmerdale's worldwide fan club has a knight in its num- ber. Mad Butcher Sir Peter Leitch is hooked on the long- running English soap. MY SKY recordings save his bacon if he misses the daily 12.30pm slot on TV1. Though catching up on it after an eight-week trip over- seas proved to be a challenge. That took a lot of watching let me tell you,'' the Bucklands Beach resident says. Affairs, tears, divorce, mental instability, drink, drugs and rows make up the daily grind in the quaint Yorkshire Dales village of Emmerdale. I get a lot of pleasure out of the programme,'' Sir Peter says. It's just real life, dramas. They have their ups and downs. It just grows on me.'' The Emmerdale Club wrote to Sir Peter around the time he was knighted and the offer of honorary membership was graciously accepted''. From humble beginnings in 1990 the club now has members from Finland, Sweden, Ireland and New Zealand as well as the UK. But it's yet to take off here -- Sir Peter accounts for half of New Zealand's member- ship. Members have access to numerous prized perks among Emmerdale fans including a newsletter three times a year. The most prized of those is the members-only Emmerdale Weekend. Irish mother and son Ralph and Chrissie O'Flaherty raved about the intimate peek behind the scenes and the chance to mingle with the stars. It left them feeling almost a part of'' the show. Sir Peter's got that in his sights too, this year or the next. Until then he'll make do with his daily dose of Emmerdale drama. My dear mother-in-law who passed away recently used to love it. She used to sit there and watch it every day. We'd often talk about it -- they had some very good story lines,'' he says. It doesn't have the follow- ing in New Zealand of Coro- nation Street because that's at night. It's during the day which makes it awkward for people to watch, but those who watch it enjoy it.'' Email email@example.com or visit www.itv.com/ emmerdale to join the fan club. Go to www.eastern courier.co.nz and see the video of Sir Peter talking about his love of the popular TV series. extra content, extra early, extra special! online editions Essential local news available now, wherever you are...and it's FREE! Just click on "Latest Edition" at www.easterncourier.co.nz Eastern Courier online editions have exciting extras for all our readers -- including video and back issues. Get online now for a total multi media experience with the latest local news -- anywhere, anytime.
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