A radio announcer, a former councillor and a current Tauranga Independent MP will represent the NZ Independent Coalition Party for a seat in this year’s general election.
The party announced today leader and former NZ First member Brendan Horan will be joined by former Bay of Plenty Regional councillor Michael O’Neill and Moana FM broadcaster Pat Spellman as candidates for the September 20 general election.
Michael O’Neill, Brendan Horan and Pat Spellman will stand in this year’s general election.
Brendan is switching electorates and will this year stand in for the Bay of Plenty electorate, while Michael takes the Tauranga electorate candidacy and Pat the Waiariki Electorate.
The decision for Brendan to contest the seat against National candidate Todd Muller and Labour candidate Clare Wilson is based primarily on this year’s boundary changes and Brendan’s strong networks in the region.
Pat, presented with the opportunity to join the party about four months, is pretty chuffed the members have faith in him “making a pretty good candidate”.
He says the values of the party resonate with himself and his whanau after leaving his role as a member of the Labour Party.
Seeking to instil a youthful take on politics and offer a voice for the community, Pat wants to advocate the revitalisation of Te Reo Maori in the community and full removal of the Rena.
“I’m pretty passionate about Te Reo Maori in the area and as a youngster myself thought it would be cool to stand up for the Rangatahi [young] Maori in the Waiariki which is the younger voters so that’s what I will be basing my campaign on,” says Pat.
“And providing a youthful perspective on the ever changing challenges New Zealand will face.”
Party chairperson Michael O’Neill is proud and excited about the first announcement.
“The first announcement of confirmed candidates demonstrate the emphasis we are placing on the Western Bay – this is our home, and we pride ourselves on our plan for strong, regional representation – especially here in the Bay of Plenty,” says Michael.
The NZ Independent Coalition is in its final stages of confirmation with the Electoral Commission – and will be the newest Political Party to contest this year’s General Election.
“We will have candidates all across the region, and throughout the country – advocating for change, and promoting what differentiates the NZ Independent Coalition from other parties”
Brendan is confident that once the parties full list of candidates are released, everyday kiwis will see that there is a real opportunity for change – and his team is up for the challenge.
A full list of 10 electorate and list candidates will be announced at the party launch, which is set for later this month.