Papakura Courier : August 27th 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Collins feels the heat By JAMES IRELAND SHE’S had the week from hell. But Papakura MP Judith Collins remains confident the people who elected her will let the work she’s done speak for itself. Collins stands accused by Nicky Hager, author of the newly released book Dirty Politics, of feeding dirt to her ‘‘close friend’’ Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, including details of public servant Simon Pleasants who became the subject of a Slater attack. The book and its contents are controversial and there have been calls for Collins to stand down. But she is adamant she will not quit. The controversy is just a distraction from the real issues, she says. ‘‘Issues like housing and transport are where Papakura has had a good delivery from this government. We have been strong on law and order and health. All these other issues are merely distractions and I think the voters understand that.’’ Collins got more than 18,000 votes in 2011, giving her a clear majority over Labour’s Jerome Mika, who got 8206. The two of them are squaring off again this election. Collins says she has spent time back in the electorate over the past week, knocking on doors and encouraging people to get out and vote. ‘‘I have never had such wonderful responses from people. They want a representative who can stand up for herself and stand up for her constituents. ‘‘You have to be tough to be in this business. There’s a reason they call me Crusher.’’ Collins says she will be proud to work next to Prime Minister John Key if National is in power after the election. Whether she retains her position as a minister is up to him, she says. Out there: Embattled Justice Minister Judith Collins during a Pakistan Independence Day celebration in Auckland on Saturday. Labour leader David Cunliffe andMPPhil Goff were also there. WORDONTHE STREET IS . . . Judith Collins is under the gun over the hacked emails scandal. Reporter James Ireland hit Papakura streets to find out what voters think of the revelations and their MP. John Montgomerie:We never see her here in Papakura. I’m not sure she knows where Papakura is. She’s got a big majority here and that will be hard for Labour to overturn but she’s not doing herself any favours. I think it might encourage Labour people to get out and vote. Photo: FAIRFAX MEDIA Fia Sao: All of us atmychurch will be voting Labour. I want to change the Government. I never see Judith Collins around. I see her cards inmy letterbox when the election is coming though. It’s not good that she gave away that information. The Government needs to keep some things secret. Patricia Frankel: She’s only human.Weall make mistakes. She’s done a lot of good things. I think the opposition are trying to stir up more votes from all the problems Judith has been going through. I’m going to vote for her. Colin Pritchard: I think she’s on shaky ground now. At the end of the day she will still hold on to her seat here but her days as a cabinet minister will be over. I think governments get cocky after being in power as long as National have. Judith’s not bad as a localMP although I haven’t seen her much this campaign. MuaTe Wao: I think she should just tell the truth. I’ve never seen her around here. I’ve heard a bit about her in the news but I don’t really know who all the other people are. National are not really doing anything I want. I’m just a working class person. Brian Sparks: I’m a National voter but I’m not giving Judith Collinsmyvote. I’ll still give Nationalmyparty vote though. Going back to when the Auckland super-city was created she didn’t seem to care that the people she represents didn’t want it. I don’t think it [the scandal] will really harm her majority much at all. Annette Brooks: Left, I’m a little bit annoyed that she’s getting into all this strife so close to the election. She’s put a lot of pressure on John Key. I’m not sure who I’m going to be voting for yet. Judith’s really quite nice. Kareem Beazley: I heard a little bit about it but I’m not really into politics. I’m not going to vote for her though. I’m voting for the Mana Party. This will bemyfirst time voting and I hope we can get rid of National.
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