Willow Jean Prime
Newly-minted Northland Labour MP Willow-Jean Prime is looking at setting up an electorate office in the Kaipara district after ultimately beating National candidate Matt King by 163 votes in the General Election.
Ms Prime currently shares an electorate office in Kawakawa and Kaitaia with Te Tai Tokerau Labour MP Kelvin Davis.
She says the additional resources that come with her being an electorate MP will likely allow the pair to establish a further office in the southern part of the electorate.
Ms Prime says she was still “pinching herself” following her win last week, and was overwhelmed by the “hugs, kisses and show of support” after she returned to her home town of Moerewa.
While she welcomes more resources to do the job of an electorate MP, Ms Prime says the nature of her work will not change much, as she previously always saw herself as an MP for Northland, even though she was a list MP.
Meanwhile, Matt King vows he will stay connected with the National Party and be back to fight the next election in 2023.
He says in the meantime, he will likely concentrate on managing his farm and spending time with his family.
“For the last three years I have spent a lot of time living out of a suitcase. I would like to spend the next few weeks staying at home and seeing my wife and kids,” he says.