Opportunities Party candidate wants to add region's voice

Lesley Immink

LESLEY Immink, East Coast candidate for The Opportunities Party (TOP), says she wants to work with other candidates for the region.

Gisborne and the East Coast had much potential, but more could be achieved if party candidates put aside their politics and worked together.

She gave the example of trying to improve connectivity and transport.

“One MP’s voice in Wellington or talking with telecommunications companies or NZTA is not as strong a position as five potential MPs.

“At the moment East Coast constituents have Anne Tolley from National, Kiri Allan from Labour, Gareth Hughes from the Green Party and Meka Whaitiri representing Ikaroa-Rawhiti as likely MP’s for the next three years.

“If (TOP) reach the 5 percent minimum party vote across New Zealand, it’s possible there could be five MPs representing the region.”

Ms Immink said she endorsed the Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan and encouraged other party candidates to meet with her to look at their combined skill set.

She was keen to use her experience in business, tourism and economic development to help the region grow.

Party leader Gareth Morgan was impressed with the attendance and the quality of questions asked during his road show public meeting in Gisborne last week.

“With a third New Zealand TOP road show soon to start, it’s hopeful, because of the support shown first time around, that Gisborne will be back on the list of regions to visit.”

Ms Immink said she was keen to meet with local community groups and participate in the election campaign over the next six weeks.

LESLEY Immink, East Coast candidate for The Opportunities Party (TOP), says she wants to work with other candidates for the region.

Gisborne and the East Coast had much potential, but more could be achieved if party candidates put aside their politics and worked together.

She gave the example of trying to improve connectivity and transport.

“One MP’s voice in Wellington or talking with telecommunications companies or NZTA is not as strong a position as five potential MPs.

“At the moment East Coast constituents have Anne Tolley from National, Kiri Allan from Labour, Gareth Hughes from the Green Party and Meka Whaitiri representing Ikaroa-Rawhiti as likely MP’s for the next three years.

“If (TOP) reach the 5 percent minimum party vote across New Zealand, it’s possible there could be five MPs representing the region.”

Ms Immink said she endorsed the Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan and encouraged other party candidates to meet with her to look at their combined skill set.

She was keen to use her experience in business, tourism and economic development to help the region grow.

Party leader Gareth Morgan was impressed with the attendance and the quality of questions asked during his road show public meeting in Gisborne last week.

“With a third New Zealand TOP road show soon to start, it’s hopeful, because of the support shown first time around, that Gisborne will be back on the list of regions to visit.”

Ms Immink said she was keen to meet with local community groups and participate in the election campaign over the next six weeks.

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