Jan Tinetti heading to parliament

Labour candidate for Tauranga Jan Tinetti may not have won her seat, but will still be a list MP in the next parliament. Photo and video: Rosalie Liddle Crawford.

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She might not have taken the seat of Tauranga, but Labour's Jan Tinetti will still be representing the electorate as a list MP in parliament.

Jan improved on previous Tauranga Labour candidate Rachel Jones' 2014 vote count, securing 8841 to Rachel's 5869.

Jan says she is ‘really excited' to be entering parliament.

“It's a funny feeling. I'm a bit sad we didn't do better than what I would have liked, but I'm excited about the opportunities for me and Tauranga. I think it's fantastic for this city to have someone from Labour as an MP.”

She conceded over the phone to Simon Bridges earlier this evening – something the National MP says has never happened before.

Although Tauranga is popularly seen as a National ‘safe' seat, Jan says her votes show not everyone sees it as National's by right.

“But I'm most excited about the party vote. This time we've got over 25 per cent of the party vote in Tauranga, compared to just over 14 per cent in 2014. I think that's exciting for this seat.

“We're seeing a big response from people who want change.”

She says her biggest ambition as an MP from Tauranga is to see equity returning to this city.

“A lot of people are doing well, but there are many who aren't. They're the people I work with day in and day out. I don't want to see homelessness in this city anymore, and I want all youth to see a future for themselves.”



7 Comments

Groutby.

Posted on 27-09-2017 18:52 | By laugeo

No, aligning 3 parties in order to "gain the government benches" would suggest MMP at work. It would also represent more of the voters wishes being met in terms of who is 'in'? Anyway, yes I will enjoy my upcoming "taxpayer funded" and extremely well earned holiday, maybe even a little more than usual knowing that I now have my very own troll.

laugeo.................

Posted on 25-09-2017 23:09 | By groutby

..........rather than the 54% the "country didn't want", would it be more pertinent to comment on the mere 36% that the next "preferred" party achieved, even after several people and policy changes within?.....the fact of needing to align yourself with not one but TWO opposing parties to consider gaining the government benches would logically suggest weak and potentially unstable support at best would you not think?...anyway, enjoy the upcoming taxpayer funded holidays....

Miss Adventure

Posted on 24-09-2017 17:43 | By laugeo

That's proper democracy. Without a form of proportional representation we would be solely governed by a government that 54% of the country didn't want .....see you later? Is it a perfect system? No, but it's the best system to date. With a bit of luck, Winston will remember the contempt that National really hold him in and will align with Labour and the Greens for a new government. That will at least represent the wishes of the majority of voters by the number of seats won.

The wonders of MMP?

Posted on 24-09-2017 13:46 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Means that a candidate that the public, by vast majority voted against ... see you later. Regardless goes to WTGN and sucks off the taxpayer when do not even want them. This is like torture, how to you ensure that someone not voted in does not get in anyway?

Well Done

Posted on 24-09-2017 12:44 | By roseh

At least Jan you understand that not everyone in Tauranga is wealth and to me thats what National seems to forget.

Well Done..

Posted on 24-09-2017 11:23 | By Me again

Jan at least we can have someone who will work for Tauranga

Congratulations Tauranga

Posted on 24-09-2017 09:09 | By backofthequeue

Great that we now have a second list MP who lives locally and who will work hard for the people and this city. As the saying goes "Two out of three ain't bad".

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