Our Candidate in Northcote, Shanan Halbert is battling Jonathan Coleman in Northcote this election, and it’s a fight Shanan deserves to win.
I have time for many MPs across the spectrum, but Coleman is someone who really tests my patience. Under his watch as Health Minister he and his Government have underfunded health by almost $2billion during their 9 years in power and it’s an underfunding that is killing some of our most vulnerable.
For a third straight year our suicide rate has risen and what’s Coleman’s response to that? An admission that after 9 years in Government their suicide policy wasn’t working, that’s all he gave.
I was myself caught up in his underfunded health system when I needed to pop into hospital for an illness just a couple of weeks ago, what did I find? Middlemore was closed for 8 hours because they were beyond capacity!
We can’t have a Health Minister who makes us sick!
Shanan Halbert is 35 year old, proud, young Māori man who works in Education. He held a leadership role at Northcote’s Hato Petera College, AUT University and is currently with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. He gets what cuts in education and health mean for the people in his community, he has seen the impact of National’s economic settings which benefit the few while leaving behind the many.
He has served Northcote and has first-hand knowledge of what the cuts in our public services produces, he is the perfect candidate to go up against Coleman because he can call Coleman’s nonsense out for what it is.
Northcote needs Shanan Halbert and the country needs Jonathan Coleman sacked.
The election is almost here, early voting opens next week. It’s time to change this country.