Labour yesterday announced it would spend $12.5 million in
two Canterbury electorates, if elected in September.
After accusing National on Sunday of pork barrel politics in
rolling out a $212 million regional roading package, Labour
health spokeswoman Annette King announced Labour would invest
$1 million in local non-government mental health services and
double the number of nurses in the Canterbury District Health
Board's schools-based mental health team.
It also intended spending $12.5 million for new health hubs
in Rangiora and Akaroa.
Rangiora is in the National-held electorate of Waimakariri,
which Labour MP Clayton Cosgrove is trying to regain after
being ousted at the last election by retiring MP Kate
National has selected Matthew Doocey as its candidate for the
Waimakariri electorate at the September 20 election.
Mr Doocey stood unsuccessfully in the by-election held when
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel retired from national
Akaroa is in the Port Hills electorate, held by Labour's
longest-serving MP Ruth Dyson.
Boundary changes have given National hope it can win the
electorate and recently selected businessman and iwi leader
Nuk Korako as its candidate.