TOP candidate's pitch for Dunedin North

Dunedin North's TOP candidate Abe Gray, left, and leader Gareth Morgan.
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Dunedin North's TOP candidate Abe Gray, left, and leader Gareth Morgan.

Abe Gray believes becoming the next electorate MP for Dunedin North is a realistic prospect.

The seat is one of 13 The Opportunities Party (TOP) is targeting in an ad campaign where the National and Labour candidates should safely enter Parliament on the list, making an electorate win redundant.

TOP hopes to enter Parliament through electorate seats and keep New Zealand First leader Winston Peters out of Government.

Labour health spokesman David Clark, who ranked number 9 on the party's list, has held Dunedin North since 2011. National's electorate candidate, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse, ranks at 10 on the party's list.

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"Voters in North Dunedin have this unique opportunity to pick someone other than them", TOP candidate Gray said. 

Former Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei previously polled well in the electorate, but was campaigning in the Māori electorate of Te Tai Tonga.

Gray said of the remaining candidates he was the "Dunedin battler" and the most experienced.

"I have the best chance out of all the other candidates . . . and it would bring TOP into Parliament."

He campaigned in three previous elections for the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party, but defected to TOP in June.

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Gray was to interview Peters for a political show on Dunedin's Radio One on Thursday, but Peters pulled out because of a perceived conflict of interest.

The father-of-two is married to a doctor and known for his regular stint on Radio Hauraki and standing for the Dunedin mayoralty.

And arguably the best facial hair in New Zealand politics? "I would like to think so".

 - Stuff

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