The candidates are half way through their whirlwind tour of the country. They have a meeting in Hamilton tonight and then tomorrow they will have what I am sure will be a welcome day off before they move to Wellington and the South.
Last night they met in Tauranga, an area that is not friendly to the Labour Party. The seat of Tauranga itself is deep blue and Tony Ryall’s surrounding seat of Bay of Plenty is deepest, deepest blue. Radio New Zealand reported that there were 150 in attendance which for the area is a good result.
Fatigue is obviously kicking in. The candidates are putting in long hours and dealing with a number of matters on the fly. When you think about the truncated nature of the campaign their efforts are commendable.
Two of the candidates have even been able to produce campaign videos.
Grant Robertson’s is below.
And here is David Cunliffe’s video.
I am not aware of Shane Jones having a campaign video although TV3 has helpfully provided him with some footage in the 3rd degree show last night.
A virtual meeting has been scheduled. Details are here. Questions can be emailed in now by party members and affiliate delegates. The meeting itself will occur over four days from 10th to 13th September. It will take place on the Red Alert blog, where discussion will occur over the answers provided by candidates to the featured questions. Candidates will be invited to participate in this discussion. The video follows:
And tonight’s meeting is at Te Rapa Racecourse Centennial Lounge in Hamilton. It kicks of at 7 pm.
As previously stated 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. 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. There is an online voting option that works well and I recommend this.
And just in case anyone is not aware of this I am a supporter of David Cunliffe and a member of his LEC.