Video: Rob Douglas says getting votes for ACT more important than him getting Parliament
The ACT candidate for Tukituki Rob Douglas says his focus has been on getting votes for his party, rather than getting himself in Parliament.
With election day tomorrow, Douglas says he is using every opportunity get the ACT message out in the community.
“It was always about what I can do for the country, not about me personally. So look, if I get in, great, I look forward to the opportunity to represent the people of New Zealand and make a big difference for the direction this country is going in.”
Douglas is positioned at 16 on the ACT list, and has been on the cusp of getting into Parliament on the list. However, a dip in ACT’s numbers in the polls could put that in doubt. It does not bother him.
“But if I don't get in, I'll be quite happy as I get to stay here living in Hawke's Bay with my family seven days a week and carry on with my business.”
“But it won't stop me being committed to helping the people of New Zealand as best I can by helping get ACT's message out there and making sure that people are looked after in Douglas is contesting the Tukituki seat against incumbent MP Anna Lorck of Labour, Catherine Wedd of the National Party, NZ Loyal candidate Rob Hulman, Nick Ratcliffe of the Green Party, Vision New Zealand’s Michael Ngahuka, Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party candidate Romana Manning, Allister Tosh of the Future Youth Party, Melanie Petrowski, and Michael Ponk.
Douglas says he has been using the last days to get out in Hastings and Havelock North.
“What I can say is that there's certainly a lot of people out there that are still undecided and we're just trying to make sure that we get the message across to them about the issues that we're talking about, which are cutting out government waste and making sure that the government is as responsible with public spending as they are with their own money.”
“It's about talking to them about crime and there's so many stories I've heard in the last few days alone about the issues that people have with crime. And they are very receptive to our message of cracking down hard on crime.”
He says that another concern of voters is around co-governance and the delivery of public service based on people's need.
“A lot of people are very receptive to that too. They are concerned that there are people out there that are missing out because they have needs, but not in the Māori or Pasifika groups that are getting those services. And a lot of people recognize that there's many people in those communities that are.”
“We know there's a lot of need in that Pasifika or Māori community, but there's also need in other communities as well.”
Douglas, who is the nephew of ACT co-founder Roger Douglas, says he has enjoyed being his party’s candidate.
“I certainly wouldn't hesitate putting my hand up again. It's been a lot of different things that I don't typically do in my everyday job, including going out and campaigning.”
“But it's been fun. I've enjoyed the debates. I've enjoyed some more than others, but on the whole they've been good. I enjoy corresponding with people, hearing their concerns, explaining to them Act's message.”
Watch the accompanying video for the full interview with Rob Douglas.