Selwyn remains National stronghold
by Kent Caddick
While the future make-up of the New Zealand government is still to be determined there is no doubt who has the high ground in Selwyn after the weekend’s general election.
West Melton’s Amy Adams once again swept all before her to claim the electorate for National.
While her election night majority of 17,625 was down on her 2014 election majority it was still the second highest electorate majority on election night across the country.
Ms Adams said it was extremely pleasing to be returned to Parliament for her fourth consecutive term as the representative for Selwyn.
“In this job you have a performance review once every three years and you always hope you will win back the right to represent your community.
“There was a really good level of support right across the communities, both by areas but also demographics, so that’s really encouraging.”
She said she thinks overall the election result showed that people think New Zealand is going in the right direction.
“That is not to say there aren’t things to work on and improve but there was an understanding that we need to have a strong economy to provide opportunities in jobs and infrastructure, and to pay for some of the social challenges that we have in terms of cleaning up waterways, housing and with vulnerable families.”
She also accepts there are some challenges in Selwyn which need to be addressed over the next three years.
“Among the big challenges is ensuring we provide for the fast growing population right across the electorate.
“It is great to have an area where people want to live but that means we have to keep up with things like schooling, roading, police, broadband and cellphone coverage.
“We have also got some real work to do in terms of water, to make sure we have a clear view of how we best use water to support jobs, opportunity and income, but also in a way that respects and protects the health of our water bodies, and that came through really clearly on the campaign.”
Ms Adams said this year there was a noticeable lift in the intensity of the election campaign.
“The main difference this time was that Labour was actively campaigning whereas in the last election they really made little appearance.
“People really engaged in politics this time and there were certainly a lot of people who stopped me on the street and wanted to talk about things and raising issues, and I think you saw that level of engagement right across the country.”