Candidate Allan ranks 20 on Labour list

She is second-highest ranked Maori candidate after Northland’s Willow-Jean Prime.

She is second-highest ranked Maori candidate after Northland’s Willow-Jean Prime.

FROM HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT TO PARLIAMENT: Kiri Allan has vowed to honour the name of her Nana and others who cannot speak for themselves as a Labour list MP. She gave her maiden parliamentary speech this week. Picture supplied

LABOUR’S East Coast candidate Kiri Allan seems destined for Parliament after being ranked at 20 on the party’s list. She says she is determined to win the electorate.

Labour is polling at about 30 percent, which should ensure Ms Allan will become Gisborne’s second MP, assuming she cannot overturn cabinet minister Anne Tolley’s large majority of nearly 8000 in the East Coast electorate.

The party received only 25 percent of the vote in 2014 when Moana Mackey, ranked at 17, was not re-elected.

Meka Whaitiri, Labour MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti, is not on the list because all seven of the party’s MPs or candidates in Maori seats will seek election as electorate candidates only.

Ms Allan, a commercial lawyer and business consultant based in Whakatane, was born in Te Karaka. She plans to canvass hard to win the electorate.

“I am very committed to being a strong local voice for the region,” she said.

She had door-knocked “up and down” the East Coast and had discovered a new poor, the working poor.

“I want our children to have the same opportunities I had growing up. I think the Government should stop ignoring the region.

“I love the East Coast and I will advocate for our region.’’

Ms Allan is the second-highest ranked Maori candidate after Northland’s Willow-Jean Prime at 16.

She is ranked above some high-profile candidates including Willie Jackson (21), who delayed the release of the list by appealing for a higher ranking, Ruth Dyson (23), Louisa Wall (25) and Trevor Mallard (32).

Former Police Association president Greg O’Connor (40) would probably have to unseat Peter Dunne in Ohariu to go to Parliament.

LABOUR’S East Coast candidate Kiri Allan seems destined for Parliament after being ranked at 20 on the party’s list. She says she is determined to win the electorate.

Labour is polling at about 30 percent, which should ensure Ms Allan will become Gisborne’s second MP, assuming she cannot overturn cabinet minister Anne Tolley’s large majority of nearly 8000 in the East Coast electorate.

The party received only 25 percent of the vote in 2014 when Moana Mackey, ranked at 17, was not re-elected.

Meka Whaitiri, Labour MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti, is not on the list because all seven of the party’s MPs or candidates in Maori seats will seek election as electorate candidates only.

Ms Allan, a commercial lawyer and business consultant based in Whakatane, was born in Te Karaka. She plans to canvass hard to win the electorate.

“I am very committed to being a strong local voice for the region,” she said.

She had door-knocked “up and down” the East Coast and had discovered a new poor, the working poor.

“I want our children to have the same opportunities I had growing up. I think the Government should stop ignoring the region.

“I love the East Coast and I will advocate for our region.’’

Ms Allan is the second-highest ranked Maori candidate after Northland’s Willow-Jean Prime at 16.

She is ranked above some high-profile candidates including Willie Jackson (21), who delayed the release of the list by appealing for a higher ranking, Ruth Dyson (23), Louisa Wall (25) and Trevor Mallard (32).

Former Police Association president Greg O’Connor (40) would probably have to unseat Peter Dunne in Ohariu to go to Parliament.

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