Hawke's Bay hoping water issues are under the bridge post-election

It is over a year since an E. coli outbreak in the water supply hit thousands in Havelock North, but residents still don't trust what is in the taps.

On the streets of the small town many still buy bottled water.

One resident said, "We should be able to turn on the tap and know that we aren't going to get poisoned."

Many hate the taste of the now chlorinated supply.

Up the road in the city of Napier, residents have sympathy, as they too have chlorinated water after multiple positive E. coli tests.

Some think it should have been prevented.

"It was just beautiful water, so it's a shame it has to come to that, hopefully things can be fixed up so we don't have to have chlorine in our water."

"It shouldn't be an issue here in Hawke's Bay with the artesian aquifer we've got here going on."

Meanwhile water bottling companies continue to send millions of litres of that bay water overseas, for free, which riles many up the wrong way.

"We are running our own business and we are paying our taxes for the business so I think if their business is bottling water then they should have to pay tax on the bottling of water as well," a resident said.

Labour has plans to put an end to that charging a per litre levy, but it is their plan to tax water users in the booming horticulture and farming industries that has put plenty on edge.

Lesley Wilson, the President of Hawke's Bay Fruit Growers' Association, says the tax is unfair on the producers of some of New Zealand's most renowned produce.

"At the moment it's not going to break the bank but there was a time in the recent history of the region, it would have, and who is to say one cent two cent doesn't turn into 20 cents in two or three years' time."

Away from water, the region is struggling to grapple with a rise in homelessness with people hoping the next government can lift more out of poverty. 

Michelle Pyke from the Community Housing Action Team (CHAT) says the failure to rebuild recently demolished state housing is to blame.

"They've got to start building the state housing stock or social housing to relieve the pressure on the private market because that is the biggest bulge, a lot of the focus is on homeless people but homeless people could be people on couches."

Jacinda Ardern announced recently in Napier that Labour would build 240 new homes for both first home buyers and for state housing across the region.

National and Bill English say it will continue to support the growing region by developing State Highway 50 between Napier and Hastings into a four lane road of national significance. 

This time last year Hawke's Bay was still reeling from a deadly campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North. Source: Breakfast

New data reveals which political party and leader topped Facebook

New statistics reveal who and which parties have topped Facebook in the lead up to the election, with more than 710,000 people having conversations about it from March, generating 7.9 million interactions. 

Election data collated from Facebook's Crowd Tangle tool - a social monitoring platform, shows how many people talked about the election from March 1, 2017 to September 20. 

Overall conversation about New Zealand Elections, NZ only (March 1 to September 20):
People: 710K
Interactions: 7.9 million

Top 5 politicians discussed on Facebook from August 1, 2017.
Top 5 politicians discussed on Facebook from August 1, 2017. Source: Crowd Tangle

In election-related discussions, Bill English jumped ahead as the most discussed party leader in election related discussions in the last 30-days as mentioned in 54 per cent of discussions, coming ahead of Jacinda Ardern at 43 per cent, with Winston Peters at 17 per cent and Gareth Morgan at 15 per cent behind her. 

Bill English: 54%
Jacinda Ardern: 43%
Winston Peters: 17%
Gareth Morgan: 15%
David Seymour: 7%
Andrew Little: 6%
Metiria Turei: 5%
James Shaw: 5%
Hone Harawira: 3%
Peter Dunne: 3%
Te Ururoa Flavell: 3%
Marama Fox: 2%

The budget was a hot topic in the last 30-days, coming out on top at 58 per cent in election related conversations.

Top 5 issues discussed on Facebook from August 1, 2017.
Top 5 issues discussed on Facebook from August 1, 2017. Source: Crowd Tangle

The economy wasn't far behind on 46 per cent, followed by social development at 37 per cent. 

Budget: 58%
Economy: 46%
Social Development: 37%
Housing: 35%
Education: 28%
Environment: 21%
Health: 13%
Immigration: 10%
Police and Corrections: 2%
Trade: 1%

Despite Bill English coming out on top of the most discussed party leader, Labour surged ahead in election related conversation of parties, with 72 per cent, ahead of National at 30 per cent, Greens at 24 per cent and the Maori Party at 17 per cent in the last 30-days. 

Labour Party: 72%
National Party: 30%
Green Party: 24%
Maori Party: 17%
NZ First Party: 10%
The Opportunities Party: 5%
ACT Party: 2%
United Future: 2%
The Conservative Party: 1%
Mana Party: 1%

Green Party leader James Shaw, NZ First leader Winston Peters, TOP leader Gareth Morgan, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, National leader Bill English, ACT leader David Seymour, Maori Party leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox.
Green Party leader James Shaw, NZ First leader Winston Peters, TOP leader Gareth Morgan, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, National leader Bill English, ACT leader David Seymour, Maori Party leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox. Source: Getty


Vote Compass: Who Kiwis thought won the final TVNZ leaders' debate

The latest Vote Compass results have shown Kiwis' thoughts on who came out on top in the final leaders' debate.

National's Bill English emerged victorious according to the results, with a close win of just five per cent above Labour's Jacinda Ardern.

Watch the entire debate here. 

Source: 1 NEWS

The findings are based on 5,778 Vote Compass participants who responded after the 1 NEWS leaders' debate on Wednesday. 

Source: 1 NEWS

So far 445,343 people have completed the online election tool.

Forty-one per cent of voters thought English won, compared to 36 per cent who thought Ardern won the debate.

Victoria University's professor Jack Vowles said he thought the differences between undecided and decided voters, and the difference between ages showed the most interesting results. 

Source: 1 NEWS

The split between undecided and decided voters showed the decided voter favouring Bill English at 43 per cent, and Jacinda Ardern at 36 per cent. 

Undecided voters thought Ardern defeated English, (29 per cent to 15 per cent), but the majority (56 per cent) didn't know who won. 

"The data presumably reflects the shift back to National in the polls (or more National decided voters tending to respond)," he said.

"So people who have already made their minds up tend to perceive the leader of the party they prefer doing the best."

Source: 1 NEWS

Source: 1 NEWS

Broken down into age groups, the results showed the split in age groups over who won the debate.

Source: 1 NEWS

Forty-five per cent of 18-29 thought Ardern won, with age groups decreasing in support until only 30 per cent of those 65+ considered the debate a win for Jacinda.

It was the opposite for English, starting with a 49 per cent support base of 65+, decreasing to a 28 per cent support from those 18-29. 

Males viewed English winning over Ardern (47 per cent to female's 36 per cent), and more females thought Ardern won (39 per cent to male's 32 per cent).  

Source: 1 NEWS

Source: 1 NEWS

Over half of Maori voters thought Jacinda won (52 per cent) compared to 28 per cent supporting Bill. Thirty-three per cent of people with no Maori decent thought Jacinda won, and 44 per cent thought Bill won.

Take the Vote Compass tool here. 

Developed by a team of social and statistical scientists from Vox Pop Labs, Vote Compass is a civic engagement application offered in New Zealand exclusively by TVNZ. The findings are based on 5,778 respondents who participated in Vote Compass after the leaders’ debate hosted by 1 NEWS on Wednesday September 20 and who indicated that they watched the debate.

There were fireworks during the leaders debate over a key part of the election campaign. Source: 1 NEWS