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National 'underdogs' in Mt Roskill: Key

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/11/2016 Sean Martin
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Prime Minister John Key says former Mt Roskill Labour MP turned Auckland Mayor Phil Goff worked hard for the electorate but this weekend's by-election is about looking to the future.

And while National are the "massive underdogs" going into Saturday's polls, he thinks their candidate Parmjeet Parmar could win over Labour's Michael Wood.

Mr Key forecast a low turnout for the by-election, and that could work to his party's advantage.

"We win the party vote there so in theory if we could get our people to turn out and Labour's people didn't vote and turn out as much, we could get there," he told RNZ on Monday.

"But you'd have to say we're the big underdog."

Mr Key praised Mr Goff, a long-term representative for the electorate who was "well known and worked hard in the local area".

He thinks Dr Parmar would be a strong representative for it.

"She really personifies hard work and everything that electorate stands for," he said.

Advanced voting is already underway in the electorate, with seven candidates contesting the vote.

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