Oct. 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
The 2017 General Election saw new comer and former police officer Matt King of the National Party over take political stalwart and Leader of the NZ First Party Winston Peters in the polls to claim the Northland seat. This has been said to be one of the great upsets of the elections. Matt King tells Rukuwai that he has put in the work and isn't surprised by the outcome but knows that he's not out of the woods yet.
Rukuwai Allen caught up with the new MP at the opening of the Taipa Bridge Project, one of the 10 bridge upgrades that National promised to Northland. Matt sees this as a step in the right direction for Northland. The new MP plans on focusing his effort into ensuring that Northland remains at the front and Centre and wants to showcase the potential in the region.
The country now awaits a decision from Kingmaker, Winston Peters to see the shape of the new government. This will happen after all special votes are counted on the 7th of October.