Meet the candidates

Four candidates are standing for election in the Waikato electorate that encompasses Tamahere and Matangi, two of them locals.

Journalist Philippa Stevenson, editor of Tamahere Forum, is standing for the Green Party and former farmer and rural banker Tim van de Molen is the National Party candidate.

They are joined by Morrinsville farmer Stu Husband for NZ First and South Auckland lawyer Brooke Loader for Labour.

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Author Gordon McLauchlan speaking in Tamahere

Gordon McLauchlan, author and social commentator, will inform and entertain with insights on New Zealanders (the Passionless People of his famous book title) in Tamahere on Sunday, July 2.

Best known as a cultural critic and a social historian, the popular and prolific writer’s latest book is Great Tales from Rural New Zealand.

He has written a number of best-sellers including The Passionless People, a social commentary on New Zealanders (1976), and The Farming of New Zealand, a history of NZ agriculture (1981).

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Tamahere Green stands for Waikato

Tamahere resident Philppa Stevenson has been selected by the Green Party to contest the Waikato electorate seat at this year’s general election.
The award-winning journalist and former agricultural editor of the Waikato Times and NZ Herald, has lived in the Waikato all her life, the last 28 years in Tamahere.
“I love the Waikato. I am thrilled and humbled to be selected to stand for a region that is such a vital part of New Zealand,” Stevenson said.

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Tamahere man bids for Waikato seat

Tamahere man Tim van de Molen has has been selected by the National Party to contest the safe Waikato electorate at next year’s general election.

A farmer and rural banker, van de Molen became a member of the Tamahere Community Committee at its October election.

Waikato is currently held by retiring, long time National MP Lindsay Tisch with a majority of more than 16,000.

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Election candidates to blame

Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.

So, which men and women, as US educator and writer Laurence J. Peter would have it, are willing to “get the blame” by standing as candidates in the Waikato and Hauraki-Waikato electorates in the November 26 election. There are seven standing in Waikato, and four in Hauraki-Waikato. Thirteen parties are vying for the party vote.

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