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Eritrean refugee, cleaner, VUW student: now a list MP

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Labour Party celebrations in Wellington. L-R: New list MP Ibrahim Omer, list MP and former leader Andrew Little, Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor, new list MP Ayesha Verral, Finance Minister Grant Robertson, and Rongotai MP Paul Eagle.

by Martin Plaut on Eritrea Hub
An Eritrean has won a place in New Zealand’s Parliament. Congratulations! Ibrahim Omer’s story is one every Eritrean will appreciate. He has just been elected as a Labour list Party MP in Wellington. Read more »

Chris Finlayson on National’s poor performance – “got what they deserved”

Report from RNZ
Former Wellington National Party MP Chris Finlayson says long-serving representatives Gerry Brownlee and Nick Smith have run their races. Read more »

Election 2020: Wellington is an all-Labour region

Wellington.Scoop
There’ve been Labour Party victories in all Wellington regional electorates tonight. Read more »

The only way to get affordable homes

by Guy Marriage
There is a huge misconception amongst some people that building more densely in the inner city will automatically mean more affordable housing. The simple answer is: No, it won’t. The only way to get affordable housing is to legislate that a proportion of any new housing constructed includes affordable homes. Read more »

Leaders visit two hotly-contested electorates

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Report from RNZ
With election day inching closer, the Labour and National Party leaders visited two hotly contested electorates today, Hutt South and Ōhāriu. Read more »

Judith Collins promises to build link road between Petone and Grenada

News from NZ National Party
A National Government would build the Petone to Grenada Link Road, including the Cross Valley Link, National Party Leader Judith Collins confirmed in Grenada today. Read more »

Crowd cheers Jacinda Ardern at Victoria University

Wellington.Scoop
A big crowd cheered Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern when she spoke to students in the Hub at Victoria University today. Read more »

At Labour Party rally, Jacinda Ardern states her vision for the future

Ardern at rally

Report from RNZ by Craig McCulloch
In a rally cry to Labour faithful in Wellington today, Jacinda Ardern painted an ambitious vision of the future she says could be reality if New Zealanders “stick to our plan”. Read more »

Election meeting at Hutt Bowling Club, and on Facebook

Press Release – Hutt South
Hutt South – It’s in the Ballot is happening tonight at the Hutt Valley Bowling Club, with members of the public welcome, doors open from 530pm, with the show going live on Facebook, Youtube and Twitch at 630pm for viewers from home to see who they like to be the next MP for Hutt South.
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Hundreds of first day voters at Newtown polling station

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RNZ photos by Hamish Cardwell

Report from RNZ by Hamish Cardwell
On the first day of voting yesterday, a Wellington election official said the polling station in the suburb of Newtown had been much busier than expected. Many people were voting in the pop-up polling station beside the supermarket on Riddiford Street. Read more »

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