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Former Mayor Andrew Williams Selected for NZ First

Rt. Hon Winston Peters
Leader NZ First
August 2 2011
PRESS RELEASE

Former Mayor Andrew Williams Selected for NZ First

New Zealand First has selected former North Shore City Mayor Andrew Williams as its candidate to contest the North Shore electorate in the 2011 General Election.

Mr Williams was selected for his leadership qualities, his expertise in local authority issues and also for his long involvement in issues of international trade.

Rt Hon Winston Peters says Andrew Williams was one of the few local body politicians to hold the government to account over the creation of the Auckland Super City.

“He became a nuisance to the government when he reminded it of its obligation to consult the people about the findings of the Royal Commission on the future of their cities.

“Instead it is now history how Rodney Hide and the government rushed through the Super City legislation with indecent haste, ignoring much of the commission’s findings.”

Mr Williams says he was attracted to New Zealand First because of its principles of promoting the welfare of all citizens, particularly policies to help senior citizens.

“For a number of years I pushed for concession transport for the elderly but the only party to actually do something was New Zealand First.

“It’s time to do something positive to help lift our country out of the doldrums and I am convinced New Zealand First is the party that can do it,” says Mr Williams.

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