Advance stands for local seat

Carolyn Minnée

Advance NZ party candidate Carolyn Minnée has joined the growing list of hopefuls who will contest the Kaipara ki Mahurangi seat at the General Election.

Ms Minnée, who helps run an online training business and lives in Pukekohe, says she became familiar with the Kaipara ki Mahurangi area while campaigning on behalf of her husband Peter Vaughan in his bid for the Auckland mayoralty.

She wants to halt moves to install a tip in the Dome Valley, halt the use of the poison 1080, improve roads in Wellsford and Warkworth, stop the introduction of 5G technology until investigations have concluded it is safe, and ensure that getting vaccinated – including with any future Covid-19 vaccine – is entirely voluntary.

Advance NZ is led by former National Party member Jami-Lee Ross and former police officer and soldier Billy Te Kahika.

The Advance NZ party website says that the party will write a “real Bill of Rights”, extend the rights of the person to include the unborn, ensure transparency is a legal requirement at all levels of Government and recognise that animals have rights.

The party is especially critical of Government policy in relation to Covid-19, saying lockdowns create more devastation than solutions. Instead, it wants a “risk-based approach” where vulnerable citizens are protected but others are free to continue with their daily life.  

It says that initial predictions of death have not materialised and Covid-19’s fatality rate is not unlike that of seasonal flu.  

Other candidates contesting Kaipara ki Mahurangi are Zephyr Brown (Green), Richard Reeves (ONE), Brenda Steele (NZ First), Beth Houlbrooke (ACT), Callan Neylon (Social Credit), Chris Penk (National), Marja Lubeck (Labour) and David Ford (Independent).

Mahurangi Matters will have full coverage of the candidates and their views in its Election Feature Special on September 30.

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