Election 2020: Cantabrians react to Labour’s landslide victory


Many Christchurch voters have welcomed Labour’s landslide election victory and those that didn’t vote pink anticipated the consequence.

Some longstanding Ilam voters had been additionally not shocked to see Gerry Brownlee lose his Ilam electorate seat for the first time since 1996. It was as a substitute taken by Labour’s Sarah Pallett.

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Tattooist Scott Hawthorne, 40, voted Labour and stated he hoped the occasion would implement the Green Party’s proposed Rangiora to Ashburton rail service. “I believe it’s the best way to open up the central metropolis once more … you may rapidly afford a block of land in Rakaia, get on the prepare and are available to work daily.”

First-time voter and scholar Ella Heselwood​, 19, stated she voted Nationwide and wasn’t completely satisfied in regards to the end result. “My mum owns 10 companies, so [National] advantages her, my household, and a variety of different individuals I do know.”

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The Labour chief stated Labour’s landslide victory within the election meant that they had a mandate to crack on with forming the subsequent authorities.

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Steve Fast​, 54, who works as a buying officer and has lived in Ilam for 15 years, gave his voters vote to Brownlee in 2017, however this time backed Labour.

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“I believe with the earthquakes and all the things that’s gone on right here, I don’t suppose he’s executed sufficient for the world actually, that’s what we really feel anyway.”

Robert Janek​, a 63-year-old who works at KiwiRail and has lived in Ilam for 25 years, stated it was time for a change. “I’ve been preventing 10 years for my EQC and I say Gerry did nothing for me,” he stated.

Robert Janek said he voted for Gerry Brownlee in 2014 and used to be a National man.

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Robert Janek stated he voted for Gerry Brownlee in 2014 and was a Nationwide man.

A few of Labour’s recognition in Ilam may very well be put right down to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Pupil Greer Alsop​, 26, and retired grape grower Julian Smith​, 62, each reside in Ilam and gave their two votes to Labour due to Ardern’s management.

Nonetheless, Melisa Brakel, a stay-at-home mum of 4 initially from France, stated she was shocked and “actually gutted” about Brownlee’s loss. She thought he was doing a great job. “He was undoubtedly a person for the individuals.”

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Dawn Armour voted for ACT, but said she was not surprised to see a victory for Labour.

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Daybreak Armour voted for ACT, however stated she was not shocked to see a victory for Labour.

Labour was expected to win, but not everyone anticipated the party getting enough seats to govern alone.

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“She [Ardern] has put in a great marketing campaign and Nationwide has had a variety of issues,” Daybreak Armour​, 56, stated. Regardless, she gave her vote to ACT attributable to their “forward-thinking” insurance policies. She runs a small therapeutic massage remedy enterprise.

Truck driver Cory Sayers, 25,​ gave each of his votes to Labour. “Labour’s for the individuals, Nationwide isn’t,” he stated.

Cory Sayers thought more people voted this year because of the cannabis referendum.

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Cory Sayers thought extra individuals voted this yr due to the hashish referendum.