13 Nov 2011

National focuses on Palmerston North electorate

7:02 pm on 13 November 2011

The National Party is putting a lot of effort into winning the Palmerston North electorate at the election - the only provincial seat it doesn't hold.

The Labour Party's Iain Lees-Galloway won the marginal seat in 2008 with a majority of 1117 votes.

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National leader John Key visited the electorate on Saturday and said it would give his party a psychological edge over Labour if it won the seat.

Mr Key says the party vote in Palmerston North is also very close, with just five votes separating National and Labour at the last election.

National wants to win all the provincial seats, he says.

Leonie Hapeta, the candidate for Palmerston North, says she is targeting the electorate's ethnic communities in her bid to win the seat.

Mrs Hapeta says she has door-knocked at 10,000 houses to pick up any voters still undecided on who they will vote for on 26 November.

She says the minimum wage is a very big issue in the region, with some business owners saying they would struggle if it was raised.