Day five and the campaign heads off to Tauranga, Simon Bridges company.
The Radio New Zealand report of last night’s meeting in Napier says there were 250 in attendance. This is a good result in an area which used to be solidly Labour but which since 2008 has been dominated by National. Hopefully the local Labour organisations can build on this.
From the report it sounds like it was another happy positive event and everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to Shane Jones. The candidates again tailored their speeches to refer to regional concerns, with Grant Robertson talking about the need for a Napier Gisborne Rail line and David Cunliffe talking about how Climate Change will make the East Coast drier and more difficult to farm.
The details of the meeting today are Wesley Centre, 100 13th Avenue, Tauranga. The meeting is from 7 to 9 pm but you should get there early to confirm eligibility or to sign up if you are a new or renewing member.
The details about eligibility to attend are as before.
People entitled to attend include members, former members as long as they sign up again and new members who sign up at the door.
Media can attend but for the preliminaries and the speeches only.
If you are going you should get to the meeting early as there will be a vetting process and this could take some time. People should bring their membership cards or ortherwise photo ID so that they can be identified. Photos and social media can be taken and used during the open part of the meeting.
And a reminder that current members and those who have been financial members of the Party sometime between January 1 2011 and August 22 2013 but have not yet paid their membership for 2013 can renew their membership and vote, so long as they do so before 12.00am on Friday 6 September. This can be done by clicking here. New members will not be able to vote.
Finally for your vote to count you will have to list all candidates in preference. The second preferences of the third ranked candidate will then be distributed amongst the other candidates.
And just in case anyone is not aware of this I am a supporter of David Cunliffe and a member of his LEC.