All party colours flying at Fieldays

07:07, Jun 14 2014
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Kris Fannin of Cambridge fixes up a tent on the Contractors Federation site blown down by strong winds over night at National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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The sun shines on the early starters on the first day of the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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After a stormy night, the sun shines over the first day 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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The weather was bleak on the eve of the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Josie Yockney wears her trusty gumboots to get through wet conditions on the eve of the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Leaning into the wind from a bank above the National Agricultural Fieldays site are, from right, Matamata lads Taylor Green, 19, Zach Bell, 18 and Daniel Phillips, 20.
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Pretty boys: Rural bachelors contestants, from left, Michael Paton, Jimmy Bentham, Josh Gilbert, Brett Steeghs and Thomas Denham during a question and answer session.
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Boys with free stuff: Rhys Kimber, Matt Hanson and Sam Smith, all 15 and from Kristin School in Auckland, enjoy the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Thumbs up: Zac Gillespie of Inglewood gets his pic taken by Ebony de Thierry in front of a Westpac Rescue Helicopter at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Prime Minister John Key tries out a Honda quad bike at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Korey Knudsen, 18 months old, tries out an interesting display at the Stoney Creek site at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Holly Duggan gets a pic to remember with Prime Minister John Key at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.

Political parties stormed the farm gate at New Zealand's largest agricultural event in a bid to win the rural vote in the upcoming election.

This year's Fieldays event proved to be a magnet across the political spectrum with parties trying to woo the provincial heartland away from National's stranglehold.

Many in the rural sector expected parties to campaign for their vote but Te Awamutu contractor Gary Saywell said it was no fluke the halls of power had poured out onto the pasture.

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Tyler Wetere, 8, complete with goodies bag around this neck, negotiates a walkway at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Little Angus Leigh-Mackenzie appears well-equipped to help with chainsawing displays at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Mark Birks, 5, gets some digger driving advice from Alistair McIntyre at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Pumps were needed after heavy overnight at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Sophie Robinson and Jared Suisted at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Gumboots and umbrellas were necessary fashion accessories on day two of the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Mark Lambert carries a post hole borer in the fencing competition at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Shane, Aimee, Tommy and Michelle Lawson from Okaihau Bay of Islands are dressed for the inclement weather at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek. at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Sam, Nathan, Amanda and Maxwell Flowerday of Tauranga at dressed for the conditions at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Nick Lieftieng and Tim Stafford compete in the early stages of the national fencing championships at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek. Hamilton.
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Tim Stafford and Nick Lieftieng compete in the early stages of the national fencing championships at the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek. Hamilton.

"It's a coincidence, isn't it? They are only here for one thing and that's to gain votes."

The conservatives, National and ACT, dug deep for stalls at this year's Fieldays at the Mystery Creek Event Centre but Labour and the Greens chose to mix it in the crowds.

The 2011 general election results show most large regional seats dripping blue and Prime Minister John Key shored up support on opening day as he rubbed shoulders with Fieldays crowds in his khaki pants and a blue pullover.

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Rural bachelor contestants compete in the high tea competition at the 2014 National Fieldays.
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Rural bachelor contestants compete in the high tea competition at the 2014 National Fieldays.
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Rural bachelor contestants compete in the high tea competition at the 2014 National Fieldays.
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Anywhere will do as a youngster takes a nap at the 2014 National Fieldays.
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Better weather has brought in more people to the 2014 National Fieldays.
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Karl Bowman, Peter Hardie and Warrick Lilly hard at work in the chainsaw carving competition at 2014 National Fieldays.
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Spectators check out the chainsaw carving competition at 2014 National Fieldays.
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Peter Hardie working on his wood scultpture at the chainsaw carving competition at 2014 National Fieldays.
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Callipari Wines winemaker, Micheal Callipari offers Colin Merritt a taste sample at the 2014 National Fieldays.
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Some work of Morrinsville man Tony Gray, a finalist in No.8 Wire Art Awards at the 2014 National Fieldays.
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Morrinsville man Tony Gray, a finalist in No.8 Wire Art Awards at the 2014 National Fieldays with some of his work.
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Rural bachelor contestants compete in the high tea competition at the 2014 National Fieldays.

Labour list MP Sue Moroney said their party stayed away from the first day to allow Key to perform the official opening but that didn't stop the Conservative Party from calling the PM a rooster. Earlier in the week, Colin Craig asked Key to accommodate him in an Auckland city seat but his party went on the attack with an authorised postcard calling for the "chickens at National" to be "put back in the coop".

"Very much the cock-of-the walk but doesn't like being told what to do, even by an overwhelming majority of the coop," the postcard said of a rooster called Poulet Key-ster. "A bit sulky, can be quite dismissive when in the wrong."

Founded just weeks before the last election, it was the Conservatives first appearance at Fieldays.

Te Awamutu farmer Micky Bates was sceptical of their commitment to the sector. "It's a funny one isn't it? Why come this year, sort of thing, if you can't come any other year than an election year why bother."

National MPs Lindsay Tisch, Shane Ardern and his successor in the Taranaki-King Country electorate Barbara Kuriger revelled in familiar territory.

"I've been coming to Fieldays forever and often I've been here for three days at a time and it's very exciting for me that it is in the electorate I am standing in," Kuriger said.

Labour leader David Cunliffe said it wasn't necessary to have a stand this year to make their presence felt.

"The campaign team's just prioritised how they allocate their expenditure, they're going to do more in other forms of outreach. And the sites were reasonably expensive so they decided to do other things," he said. "Apart from the fact it's a lot of fun."

Whangarei-based ACT Party board member Robin Grieve said they had lost credibility after the Banks trial and suffered a few jibes from people who passed their stand.

"One of the things we are up against is the National voter is obviously our target and everybody is trying to pick off the National voter but firstly we have to get back the voters we lost."

Green Party spokesman on agriculture and forestry Steffan Browning expected a strong reaction to their carbon tax policy but received a welcome response and said the key to making headway against the tide of blue support was to play the long game.

Waikato Times