September 5, 2014
Season 04 Event 01
Three Keys hosted a local Politico Event on Friday 5 September, with a representative of each political party that is in contention for the Palmerston North electorate presenting. The Steelfort Lounge at the FMG Stadium held a 60 strong crowd, keen to hear from the candidates with the General Election approaching fast on 20 September.
The order of the speakers were drawn randomly, with each of the candidates being tasked to speak to Three Key points in six minutes. Pani Farvid spoke for the Internet/Mana Party first, followed by the current standing MP, Labour’s Iain Lees-Galloway, the youngest candidate, Mark Pearce for the Conservatives was third, National’s Jono Naylor fourth, finishing with Rangitikei electorate candidate, Romuald Rudzki for NZ First.
An injection of light humour saw each candidate keeping to the time limit well, with one even managing to get his Three Key points into three minutes. Audience members were invited to text through questions, which started the open floor at the conclusion of presentations; the first of, “What is your stance on capital gains tax and why?”, getting the discussion going. Regional development strategies, tackling youth unemployment, and links between local and central government were just some of the issues raised.
Sky News presenter and political reporter, Natasha Smith, emceed the event; starting with a reminder of how significant the General Election is, as, “Politics is important; these are the people who will get to make choices that will affect you, affect how you want to grow, affect how your business might grow, and affect how the region is going.” Natasha welcomed each candidate with at times, such detailed introductions that the presenters joked that they had little left to add. She also successfully kept the candidates on track, and enjoyed the time keeping role, providing a valid reason to make each speaker to stick to time and straight answers.
Thanks to Brad Boniface Photography.