Today in politics: Monday, August 11
Discord among minor parties in TV debate
The much anticipated minor parties debate on TV3's The Nation threw up a few surprises.
NZ First's Winston Peters and Green co-leader Meriria Turei were often in accord but she was less friendly with Conservative Colin Craig who often tried to speak over her and was given the "talk to the hand" sign back.
ACT was the only one to claim victory by press release for its leader - probably a sure sign Jamie Whyte did not win.
McVicar to stand for Conservative Party
The Napier race is heating up after Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesman Garth McVicar announced he would be standing in the seat for the Conservative Party.
McVicar said as a lifelong resident of Hawkes Bay he knew the electorate "inside out" and believed he had strong support.
The seat is currently held by outgoing National MP Chris Tremain but Labour candidate Stuart Nash is shaping up as the favouriite.
His cause could be further boosted by McVicar's presence if it splits the right wing vote.
Poll gives Act a chance in Epsom
A new poll suggests Act has a chance of winning Epsom, but voters in the electorate prefer National candidate Paul Goldsmith.
A One News-Colmar Brunton poll found that 44 per cent of Epsom voters would vote for Goldsmith, compared with 32 per cent backing Seymour.
The numbers changed when respondents were asked if they knew National was encouraging its supporters to vote for Seymour, with 45 per cent saying they would vote for the Act candidate, with 31 per cent backing Goldsmith.
NZ First MP to contest East Coast Bays
Andrew Williams, the NZ First MP and former North Shore mayor has said he will stand in the East Coast Bays electorate.
Previously leader Winston Peters has hinted that if National attempted to gift the seat to Conservative leader Colin Craig, he may stand in East Coast Bays, which has been held by Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully for more than two decades.
Williams confirmed he was running at the NZ First campaign launch in West Auckland yesterday.