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COMMENT: MP has a job to do

National MP Alastair Scott may have won the job interview, now he has to do the job. PHOTO/FILE

By Seamus Boyer
Well, there you have it, another election done and dusted.
Except that it’s not, of course, with many more twists and turns to come over the next week or weeks as a new government is formed.
What that will look like is anyone’s guess, although the thought of a Labour-NZ First-Greens coalition seems like the kind of result that no one would be happy with.
A National-NZ First government seems much more likely, and from listening to some National MPs on Saturday night, they’re already starting to butter up Winston Peters.
If that is the result, then it will be interesting to see what post he can secure for himself, and what post for his deputy Ron Mark.
Mr Mark fought the good fight in Wairarapa but still came up well short on the night, with 7079 votes compared with Kieran McAnulty’s 12,242, and Alastair Scott’s 14,988.
And that result is very interesting too.
Mr Scott came into this contest with a 6700-vote majority in the electorate.
On Saturday night that was trimmed to ‘just’ 2700 — a 4000 vote swing which should send a very clear message to our MP — that there can be no more complacency.
Wairarapa is a region with so much going for it, and with huge potential.
People are moving here in droves, because of our lifestyle, because of our environment, because of our people, because our region is so special.
But as the population grows, pressure will go on infrastructure.
School classrooms will become more crowded, pressure on hospital beds will increase, waiting lists for social housing will get longer.
All of this means that our MP has to act now.
Mr Scott needs to take the bull by the horns and use any influence he has in his party in order to put the needs of our region before those of others.
Because our list of issues needing urgent solutions is long.
Our rivers and lakes need to be cleaned. And they need it in a hurry.
The Manawatu Gorge needs a quality, long-term solution. And it needs it in a hurry.
Our train service needs sorting so that we are properly and meaningfully connected to the Capital. And that needs to be done in a hurry.
Our climbing suicide rate — literally a matter of life and death — needs to be reversed. And that can’t happen soon enough.
Mr Scott may have been happy celebrating another electorate victory at the Masterton Club on Saturday, and good on him, he deserves his moment in the sun.
But as soon as he sets foot back in Parliament he must start providing solutions to the problems the region faces.
Mr Scott may have won the job interview, now he has to do the job.


  1. Yet we still have an electorate MP who chooses to live on the other side of a mountain range from his electorate. Shows how much he really cares about Wairarapa and Tararua.

  2. So I guess you would have preferred an outright majority so that BAU Bill could continue with the program to;
    – Continue river and lake and coastline pollution unabated so your dog, let alone your children can not swim and (God forbid) ingest in any way for fear of serious illness or death. (Oh yes, you will be able to wade them by 2050. Yeah right).
    – Continue not addressing compliance costs, skill shortages, material cost increases let alone even recognizing a housing crisis.
    – Continue to promote NZ as clean/green while our pride and joy company, Fonterra burn coal to process milk and Mataura Valley Milk (a Chinese State Owned Enterprise company) intends to do the same while homeland China is progressively closing coal burning facilities in favor of wind and solar energy. (Funny that, not).
    – Continue to be `followers, not leaders` on climate change issue because after all we`re only .01%
    Nats. policy consists of 80% renewable (Dams that our grandfathers build with no idea of today’s reality and false Ukrainian credits). Thanks Sir John, NOT.
    – Continue under funding health authorities so that patients die waiting. (Oh well they were unproductive anyhow).

    I have voted National in the past but not this time and not again until they recognize and confront the major issues that are and will affect present and future generations.
    My Children and Grandchildren deserve a future, a clean, green and totally renewable and unpolluted one.

    Now is your moment Winston. Choose wisely.

  3. Mr Scott has done bugger all and sadly his appointment just shows how the democratic system is based on popularity rather than effectiveness. Wairarapa is blue and it seems obvious that “once blue always blue” will always prevail regardless of how good or bad you are.

    That aside be cautious on how Winston will go. The minions will believe that going with the perceived stronger party based on voting numbers is obvious, but Winston is not stupid. Labour and Greens were always a party and therefore what the country wanted is almost a split decision.

    Also don’t forget, Winston can also choose not to form a coalition. That will make National the Govt but NZ First could be a thorn.

  4. “What that will look like is anyone’s guess, although the thought of a Labour-NZ First-Greens coalition seems like the kind of result that no one would be happy with.”

    On the contrary, I’d suggest that anyone who didn’t vote National would be delighted to welcome a Labour-NZ First- Greens coalition. It could hardly be worse than the 4 way coalition that National cobbled up to “govern” with for the last 3 terms, failing on most fronts and dividing the country massively in the process.

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