Friday, 25 September 2020

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Labour candidate for Coromandel announced

“New opportunities for people throughout the Coromandel electorate, unlocking our potential through improved infrastructure, wise management of our environment and resources, and adding value to what we produce.” That’s the mission statement of the Labour Party’s election candidate for the Coromandel, Nathanial Blomfield, who is focusing strongly on his party’s health and environmental policies in a bid to dramatically shift the dial in what is traditionally a strong blue constituency.

This is the Tairua father of four’s second tilt at the MP job, which has been held for nine years by the National Party’s Scott Simpson.

In the 2017 general election, Nathanial earned in excess of 8,700 votes, which accounted for almost 21 percent of the overall vote and a comfortable second place behind the incumbent who secured his third term with a clear 55 percent majority. However, a major surge in the Coromandel party vote appeared to reflect the mood of the country with Labour increasing its share from 15.7 percent in 2014 to 27.8 percent in 2017.

Nathaniel believes that New Zealand’s House of Representatives should truly represent New Zealand’s diverse cultures, communities, regions and social demographics. With his varied work experience - including chef, landscaper, labourer and hospital orderly - and a solid Labour family upbringing, he says he can be a true representative for the working people of the region, with the beliefs and values he was raised with.

“My work-life experience means I can genuinely represent the varied communities of the Coromandel and its working people, those who care for the environment, small business owners, people involved in fishing, agriculture and horticulture, and people without secure jobs,” Nathanial says. Action on climate change, kaitiakitanga, a living wage and access to high-quality healthcare among his key priorities.

At number 78 on the Labour Party list, Nathanial is likely to need to take the electorate seat in order to secure a ticket to Wellington.

Pictured: Labour Party candidate, Nathanial Blomfield.

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