Nats pay a visit to the red corner
The main political parties are ramping up their Christchurch East by-election campaigns by sending in the big names as voting day nears.
Prime Minister John Key is expected to visit Christchurch today in one last charm offensive to help candidate Matthew Doocey.
Labour leader David Cunliffe will campaign with his candidate, Poto Williams, in the eastern suburbs tomorrow.
Yesterday, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett made a flying visit for a one-hour campaign push at the Palms Shopping Centre.
It was the same venue where Key was enthusiastically welcomed three weeks ago.
Greens co-leader Meteria Turei also spent time helping its candidate, David Moorhouse, by visiting the site of a series of homes planned by Habitat for Humanity in Bromley. She will be out again today.
Turei inspected the bare Bromley site where the group plans to construct 11 family homes over the next year.
Christchurch manager Peter Taylor said it owned about 20 sections across Christchurch and was keen to build mostly four-bedroom family homes to help families in need.
Turei said the Greens' Home for Life package was also designed to make home ownership possible.