Sunday, 20 September 2020


General election update

The New Conservative Party expressed concern after one of their general election hoardings along Joan Gaskell Drive in Whitianga was vandalised for the third time last week.

“The billboard promotes our ‘No Carbon Tax’ message,” says Anton Roest, convenor of the party in the Coromandel Electorate. “It’s clearly a policy some people don’t like. Their vandalism shows that they have no respect for democracy, freedom of speech and conservative values.”

The Informer isn’t aware of damage to any other election hoardings in the wider Mercury Bay area.

Nine candidates have so far indicated that they will contest the Coromandel Electorate in the general election on 17 October. Incumbent, Scott Simpson, is representing the National Party, Nathaniel Blomfield is running for the Labour Party, Pamela Grealey is representing the Green Party, the New Conservative Party is represented by Michael Egleton, Rob Hunter is running for The Opportunities Party, Steve Hart is running for the Outdoors Party, the Advance New Zealand Party is represented by Tony Brljevich, David Olsen is representing the Act Party and “Not a Party” is represented by Bob Wessex.

Advance voting opens on Saturday, 3 October. We have already sent a list of Coromandel Peninsula-focused questions to the electorate candidates and will publish their answers in our issue of 29 September.

A “Meet the Candidates” meeting will be held in the Whitianga Town Hall on Sunday, 27 September.

Pictured: The damaged New Conservative Party hoarding along Joan Gaskell Drive.


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