In today’s Herald six prominant NZer’s nail their political colours to the mast:
Sir Paul Reeves: electorate vote Maori party, party vote Labour; “Labour will still get his party vote, and he would prefer that the Maori Party formed a government with Labour, rather than National”
Graham Lowe: “ending a 40-year relationship with Labour to vote ACT…”I like Helen, and John Key seems a nice bloke, too. But a lot of their policies seem similar and they both seem to be playing catch-up football. Rodney has gone out on the attack
Oscar Kightley: “is a Labour man. “I’ve always been reluctant to show my colours, but I’m getting older and realising the importance of standing up for something,” says Samoan-born Kightley. “Election day is the only day everyone is truly equal.”
Miriama Smith: “now she’s joining fellow thespians Robyn Malcolm and Miranda Harcourt in publicly backing the Greens…It helped that the party has named Labour as its preferred coalition party.”
Michael Hill: will vote for the National Party. “We’re over-governed here to such an unbelievable degree. You can’t even make a decision for yourself any more and that’s a very sad state of affairs.”
Bevan Docherty: the usually-Labour voter is switching to National.Yes, Helen Clark’s done a great job, “but she just surrounds herself with idiots…He likes National’s approach to sports funding, and derives hope from shades of “Think Big” Muldoonism.
Three centre/left, three centre/right – all have their reasons. And that’s why it’s so hard to make the call. And that’s why getting people out and voting will be so important.