21 Jun 2013

Legalise cannabis candidate says he's popular in East Cape

8:28 pm on 21 June 2013

The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party candidate for the Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election says he got a fantastic response from people when he travelled the East Cape.

The lawyer, Michael Appleby, has just returned to Wellington after travelling 1700km through the Maori electorate.

He is one of seven contesting the seat, which belonged to Labour MP Parekura Horomia before his death in April this year.

Mr Appleby says it has been a good campaign, holding his flag in busy places like the bridge north of Gisborne, where about 1000 people drive through each hour.

He says more than half of them would toot and beep for him, showing the support that people have for the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party.

Mr Appleby says he is confident he will gain more support than the two independent candidates, Maurice Wairau and Adam Holland, because the party's brand is well known.

Poling day is June 29.