5 Nov 2011

Candidates make own decisions about local meetings, says Key

9:46 am on 5 November 2011

National Party leader John Key says it is up to individual candidates whether they turn up to public meetings in their electorates.

Mr Key was asked why the party's Waitakere candidate Paula Bennett and its Ohariu candidate Katrina Shanks had not been at meetings in their electorates.

He says ideally, he would like candidates to be out pitching for the party vote - but it is up to them to judge how they want to run their campaign.

Mr Key says candidates make their own decisions, but one of the ways parties get people to vote for them is by engaging with them and telling them about the party's message.