National selects Dunne challenger
Tony Heyward National Party Ohariu-Belmont
21 December 2004
The National Party last night selected
Katrina Shanks as its challenger to Peter Dunne in
Ohariu-Belmont for next year’s election campaign.
Shanks is a self-employed accountant. She has previously
worked as a Project Accountant for the Westpac Banking
Corporation, in Retail Client Services for Newton Investment
Management in the United Kingdom and as a Senior Auditor for
Audit New Zealand.
“I’m delighted Katrina has been
selected as the National candidate for Ohariu- Belmont. She
has the credentials and the experience to provide strong
representation for the Ohariu-Belmont community,” National’s
local electorate chair Tony Heyward says.
don’t think Peter Dunne is untouchable and we have no doubt
the area would benefit greatly from an MP who is inside the
next Government rather than watching from the
“Ohariu-Belmont should be a natural National
seat. With Katrina selected as our candidate, our focus is
now on winning the seat and securing a strong Party Vote for
National,” Mr Heyward says.
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
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