Warning: The following post was sponsored by a certain Russian lager. (A bit grassy-sweet, but with a fine head)
As a Northlander, I was glad when Winnie finally (FINALLY!) ousted the sitting Nats, but nothing has changed really.
Previously nothing [Nothing] ever happened up here: Stance of parties was:
Nats: " It's a safe seat, don't need to do anything"
Labour: "Nat's safe seat, no point in doing anything"
Others: "Pffttt not worth wasting time"
Then Good ol' Winnie rode into town (well, in his Handshaking, baby-kissing bus)
And National lost Northland.
NZ First strutted
National came away bruised
...But nothing has changed.
Forget the "10 Bridges" talk - They've been there since the 1940's when US servicemen built them (along with the Kaitaia and Kaikohe Airports, not forgetting Waipapakauri. Kerikeri is just an upgraded 1930's grass airstrip) - Until the US captured Guam, and they all buggered off because that was a better place to lob bombs from.
Nothing has happened up here, despite Winnies rhetoric.
My vote is currently floating... hic