Eastern Courier : February 11th 2011
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Photo: MATT BOWEN By MATT BOWEN ' We're realistic. We don't expect a miracle but that doesn't mean we're not throwing everything at it ' Michael Wood CHRISTIAN principles underscore the politics of Labour's man contesting the Botany byelection. So miracles are a very real possibility in Michael Wood's world. They need to be. The 30-year-old is battling to win over voters in an elec- torate he describes as National Party heartland''. But he isn't bowed. We're giving it every- thing,'' the married father of two says. We're spending tens of thousands of dollars on this campaign. If we weren't giv- ing it everything I wouldn't be bothered being the candi- date. We're realistic. We don't expect a miracle but that doesn't mean we're not throwing everything at it,'' he says. If that miracle materialised Mr Wood would resign from the Puketapapa Local Board and move from Mt Roskill into the electorate. He'd also come with those faith-based political principles. The British Labour Party always said it owed more to Methodism than Marx,'' Mr Wood says. It's those core Christian beliefs of the value of every person and finding a way to share the resources of the earth fairly and justly.'' Mr Wood, who joined the Labour Party in 1999, has a bachelors degree from Auck- land University in history and politics, is a former union organiser and main caregiver for his children. Labour also picked him to contest the Pakuranga seat in 2002 and 2005. Mr Wood's clocking 14-hour days to spread Labour's word and what he sees as govern- ment failings on various issues including the economy and cuts to early childhood education. The response from residents so far has been mostly positive''. National wants to sell state assets, we won't sell assets. They've committed to further spending cuts. The economy is tanking, we've got unemployment at nearly seven percent, we've got growth of nothing, prices this quarter rose at the highest rate in 20 years -- National came in promising a brighter future -- well it doesn't look that way to me,'' he says. For me it's what kind of society do we want to live in? One that becomes more and more unequal, because that's the track we're on now, or do we think that every human being deserves a shot in this country and we want to become a more equal and prosperous society?'' No voice for Greens By MATT BOWEN Two minutes cost the Green Party a place in the Botany byelection. One of two nomination forms for its candidate Richard Leckinger was deemed invalid on Tuesday when the returning officer checked the electoral roll in Wellington to discover the signatory lived a block inside the Hunua elector- ate. Both must reside in the Botany electorate. Another nomination form was quickly signed but it was delivered to the Penrose returning officer's building two minutes late. The door was locked,'' Mr Leckinger says. That was it.'' He says a couple of red lights made the difference. I'm gutted, absolutely gutted. I'm speechless because a good effort was made by everybody all around. The returning officer was lovely. He was waiting at the door at noon. His phone rang from Wellington and he had to lock the door.'' Mr Leckinger says they checked the 2008 electoral roll which listed the signa- tory in the Botany elector- ate but he'd moved a few blocks since then. You want to be embar- rassed about it but nobody actually made a major monumental cock- up.'' Mr Leckinger says he's disappointed the Green Party voice won't be heard in the March 5 byelection. Ten seek to represent Botany Ten candidates will fight to fill the Botany seat in Parlia- ment. The Electoral Commission has released the full list of who's standing and where to vote in the March 5 byelec- tion. The contenders are: Hussain Al-Saady -- Pirate Party of New Zealand, Leo Biggs -- Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party, Penny Bright -- independent, Robin Caithness -- Join Australia Movement Party, Robert Goh -- independent, Lyn Murphy -- Act New Zealand, Jami-Lee Ross -- National Party, Michael Wood -- Labour Party, Paul Young -- New Citizen Party and Wayne Young -- independent. Advance voting is available from February 16 for voters who can't make it to a polling place in the Botany electorate on election day. The Electoral Commission is moving quickly to get ballot papers printed and distrib- uted in time,'' chief electoral officer Robert Peden says. Polling places will only be available inside the elector- ate on election day so Botany voters who will be outside their electorate on March 5 should vote in advance.'' Advance voting will be available from next Wednesday at: Beauty Place, 309 Botany Rd; Botany Library, Botany Town Cen- tre; Meadowlands Methodist Community Church, 128 Whitford Rd and the Tupu Youth Library, 102R Dawson Rd, Flat Bush. Votes can also be cast in advance at the offices of any registrar of electors across the country or at the Elec- toral Commission, Whitmore St, Wellington. Visit www.elections.org.nz for more information on advanced voting. A full list of election day polling places is available at www.easterncourier.co.nz under the Botany byelection tab.
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