Ōhāriu is the dullest electorate
And it’s not just because Peter Dunne’s our MP.
- As Ōhāriu is an overhang seat, if Peter Dunne loses his seat to National or Labour, neither party will gain another seat in parliament. There is no incentive to vote for Greg O’Connor, as he will simply take the place of a potentially (and probably) better list MP. Same goes for Brett Hudson.
- The majority of Ōhāriu party votes for National. If National bothered to put up a real campaign for Brett (but thank god they don’t), it is clear that he would win. It’s both odd that National bothers to run a candidate at all, and that they don’t try and win. I would assume they realise it doesn’t matter if they win it or not, and thus choose to let it lie in the interests of ‘stability’.
Ōhāriu has no real effect on the makeup of our parliament, nor are any of the candidates running very appealing. What’s the point?