Labour conference good for city - MP

MATHEW GROCOTT MATHEW.GROCOTT@MSL.CO.NZ
Last updated 12:00 18/06/2014

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Palmerston North has been selected to host the Labour Party's 2015 annual conference, which will bring up to 700 visitors to the city.

Iain Lees-Galloway, the city's MP, made the announcement yesterday and called the national conference a chance to showcase Palmerston North's ability to host such events.

He said the conference would be good for the city's economy, with the accommodation and hospitality sectors in particular likely to benefit.

"We know we're good at running conferences and sports events, [the city's] well equipped to host a conference like this.

"It's an opportunity to demonstrate to a large Auckland audience that conferences can be well run in Palmerston North."

Lees-Galloway said hosting a national Labour conference was something the city's branch of the party had been working on for a couple of years.

A proposal was put together with Destination Manawatu and presented to Labour's national council, which made its decision at the weekend.

Lees-Galloway said the date and venue of the conference was yet to be determined but a number of locations could be used including Te Manawa, the Regent on Broadway and the Convention Centre.

The event would be positive for party members in the lower North Island, he said, as they could find it hard to attend events held in other centres such as Auckland.

"If we run it well, maybe it won't be the last time that the annual conference comes back here," he said.

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- Manawatu Standard

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