Monday, February 26, 2024

Port Waikato by-election date set

The Port Waikato by-election will be held on Saturday 25 November, Prime Minister, Chris Hipkins announced today.

The by-election announcement follows the death of ACT candidate, Neil Christensen (pictured) on Monday.

“Following consultation with other political parties I’ve confirmed November 25th as the by-election date,” Mr Hipkins said. 

“Everyone was of the view it should occur at the earliest possible time.”

The by-election Writ Day will be Monday 16 October.

In a statement online, ACT Leader, David Seymour described Mr Christensen as a “one-of-a-kind” man.

“Neil was one of a kind, an absolutely lovely man – and also New Zealand’s only registered specialist poultry veterinarian,” Mr Seymour said.

“Anyone who knew Neil will know that he was kind and thoughtful, and an infectiously charismatic and fascinating individual. He was a dedicated member of the ACT Party who will be immensely missed.

“On behalf of ACT I’d like to offer my condolences to Neil’s family and friends. Our thoughts are with you.”

The deadline for candidate nominations to be received will be midday Friday 20 October, and the last day for the return of the Writ will be Friday 15 December.

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