Tauranga MP and National Party leader Simon Bridges will be open to questions from constituents at a public meeting being held tonight.
Secretary Maree Brookes says Simon hosts these meetings twice a year at different venues around his electorate.
“Simon will talk for around 10 minutes about what he’s been up to, and then it will be open to the floor for questions,” says Maree.
“It’s his fourth year of doing these. We usually get around 50-60 people from all walks of life in attendance.”
Tonight’s meeting will be held at 6pm the Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club Rooms on Cliff Road.
It will be an important opportunity for Simon to connect with voters, after a recent Newshub-Reid Research poll put him on just nine per cent in the preferred Prime Minister rating, after being in the job of Leader of the Opposition for three months.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is on 40 per cent in the same poll.
However, National has increased its share of the party vote marginally to 45.1 per cent, and is still more popular than Labour – but not more popular than the three government parties combined.
Speaking to RNZ’s Morning Report, Simon says he’s actually ‘buoyed’ by the result.
“Under my leadership the National Party is more popular than it has been, and this government hasn’t got a bounce out of being new or splurging money in the Budget. It’s very early days.”