National’s Jacqui Dean has won her fourth term as Waitaki MP with an emphatic victory on Saturday, but is undecided whether she will run again for a fifth term.
“At this stage, I have no idea whether or not I will run for a fifth term, but I’m just looking forward to beginning my fourth term and I have a few things I’m looking to address,” Mrs Dean said.
She received slightly fewer votes than in 2011, but was still 15,175 votes ahead of her nearest challenger, Labour candidate Glenda Alexander. She received 22,414 votes to Mrs Alexander’s 7289
During her fourth term, Mrs Dean said she was looking to continue her work on getting Oamaru a decent courthouse, “not one resmbling a port-a-loo”.
She said she also wanted to work on outdoor tourism to attract visitors, including such the Alps 2 Ocean, and evaluate the sorts of social services needed in Waimate.
Mrs Dean was surprised with how comfortably she won.
“I am a bit surprised; I never expect to win them by as much as I do, and I want to thank everybody for continuing to support me and giving me the chance to run for a fourth term.”
She said National were so dominant in the voting on Saturday night because what they were doing was working.
“We dropped interest rates, there are now more people with jobs and less people unemployed which is awesome and we will continue to do things to keep improving.”
The Waitaki MP wanted to thank all of her fellow candidates for standing.
“It was great to see everyone respected each other really well and were there to promote their party and their policies.”
Meanwhile, Mrs Dean put the demise of Hone Harawira, Kim Dotcom and the Internet Mana Party down to Kiwis not liking being told what to do.
“All Kiwis don’t enjoy being told what to do. We make up our own minds and I felt this is what happened with Kim Dotcom and the Internet Mana Party. What Kim did backfired,” she said.
Mrs Dean was looking forward to having a celebration lunch before returning to work today.
“I will enjoy the formal lunch I’m having but it’s back to work as the Waitaki MP on Monday,” she said.
Labour’s Glenda Alexander said it was disappointing to receive fewer votes than former Labour candidate Barry Raymond Monks in 2011. She put it down to Greens MP Sue Coutts campaigning, rather than going after the party votes like she originally intended. Mrs Alexander said she would look to stand again for another term.
Democrats for Social Credit candidate Hessel van Wieren said the election was hard, with limited funds, and was undecided if he would stand for another term.
Donald Aubrey of the Conservatives was his party’s highest ranked candidate in the South Island. He said the number of votes his party received was a start.
They are aiming at reaching the five per cent threshold in the next election.
The Oamaru Mail attempted to contact Green’s candidate Sue Coutts, but she was unable to be reached.
Meanwhile, in the Dunedin North electorate, Labour’s David Clark regained the seat while Labour’s Rino Tirakatene won the Te Tai Tonga electorate over Ngaire Button of the Maori Party.
Waitaki Electorate returning officer Dave Cummings said it was a pretty good day voting-wise.
“Overall it wasn’t too bad and we are pretty happy with the turnout.
“It went well,” he said.
Jacqui Dean (National Party) 22,414 votes.
Glenda Alexander (Labour Party) 7289 votes.
Sue Coutts (Green’s Party) 4278 votes.
Donald Aubrey (Conservative Party)1312 votes
Hessel van Wieren (Democrats for Social Credit Party) 232 votes.
David Clark (Labour Party) 14,580 votes
Michael Woodhouse (National Party) 9182 votes
Metiria Turei (Green’s Party) 5008 votes
Jonathon Daley ( Conservative Party) 549 votes
Abe Grey (Legalise Cannabis Party) 466 votes
Rob Stewart (Internet Mana Party) 199 votes
Miriam Mowat (Democrats of Social Credit Party) 100 votes
Adrian Graamans (Independent 99) votes
Rino Tirakatene (Labour Party) 7280 votes
Ngaire Button (Maori Party) 4099 votes
Dora Roimata Kingi (Green’s Party) 2585 votes
Georgina Beyer (Mana Movement) 1607 votes
Emma-Jane Mihaere Kingi (Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party) 838 votes
Hahona Rakiraki Tamati (Democrats of Social Credit) 154 votes
PHOTO: CAROL EDWARDS
CONTINUING: Re-elected Waitaki MP, National’s Jacqui Dean (right) relaxes at home in Oamaru yesterday with daughter Steph Dean (left), executive assistant Megan Walls (centre), and the family dog Jimmy.