Gareth Hughes won’t stand in Ohariu in next year’s election, according to a Stuff report.
GREENS GIVE HUGHES THE NOD TO REMAIN UNSEATED
The Greens have given MP Gareth Hughes an exemption from the party’s usual rule that candidates must stand in electorate seats. Instead, he will run in 2014 as a list-only candidate so he can focus on boosting the party’s youth vote. He stood in Ohariu in 2011, but the party has chosen Tane Woodley to stand there next year. Mr Woodley is a planner with Civil Defence and an army reservist. He has had 22 years in the army as a regular and as a reservist.
Hughes contested Ohariu in 2011 against Peter Dunne (United Future), Katrina Shanks (National) and Charles Chauvel (Labour). Tacticval voting by National supporters helped Dunne retain the seat. Chauvel and Hughes totalled a little more than Dunne’s votes.
Chauvel has already resigned and now works for the UN in New York. Shanks has announced she won’t be standing again.
Dunne has said he will be standing again next year. He will have a fresh set of challengers. How National approach the electorate contest could have a major bearing on the result and possibly (like this term) that could have a significant effect on the balance of Parliament.
What sort of candidate Labour put up and how much Labour and Greens promote tactical voting could also be significant.
Greens have already indicated Tane Woodley will be standing for them. he was 24 on the Green list in 2011.
Woodley stood in Rimutaka in 2011 with relatively modest results – his electorate vote 5.98%, the Green party vote 9.97% which was less than their overall party vote.