19 Nov 2010

Last day of campaigning in by-election

9:01 am on 19 November 2010

Candidates vying to become the next MP for the Mana electorate are on their last day of campaigning.

Voters in the seat go to the polls in a by-election on Saturday.

Labour candidate Kris Faafoi is confident he can win if the party can get its voters to the polls. He says the campaign has been a big learning curve.

National candidate Hekia Parata says she has enjoyed the campaign and believes she has done everything she can to win the seat.

Mana is a safe Labour seat. However, a Radio New Zealand political reporter says independent candidate Matt McCarten from the Unite Union, has provided vocal competition for Labour on its left flank.

Jan Logie of the Greens has also run a hard campaign.

All that could help Ms Parata's chances by splitting the opposition vote.

The Mana electorate to the north of Wellington includes Porirua City, Titahi Bay, Paremata, Plimmerton and settlements of Pukerua Bay, Paekakariki and Raumati Beach on the Kapiti Coast.

It was held by Labour MP Winnie Laban with a majority of 6155. Mrs Laban has left Parliament to take up a job at Victoria University.