General Election candidates to attend debate forum

Bay of Plenty voters will have a chance to hear first-hand from local candidates standing in the General Election 2020 at the Forsyth Barr Tauranga and Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Parliamentary Election Candidates Forum.

Attendees include Simon Bridges (National, Tauranga), Jan Tinetti (Labour, Tauranga), Angie Warren-Clark (Labour, Bay of Plenty), Erika Harvey (NZ First, Tauranga) and Josh Cole (Green Party).

National MP for Bay of Plenty, Todd Muller, has been invited but has yet to confirm his attendance.

Event organiser Anne Pankhurst says this event will provide an opportunity for the Tauranga business community to hear first-hand from their local candidates before polling day and offer a forum in which they can put their questions to them.

“Given the political rollercoaster that we have seen play out since COVID-19 hit our shores, we’re excited to be co-hosting this event and expect a lively debate between the candidates.

“It’s rare to get an opportunity to get them together in one place and this is the only event of its kind, so we encourage you to come along, hear from the candidates and have your say as well.”

Anne adds that to ensure effective and efficient debate for both event attendees and panellists, the Chamber has only invited candidates from the main parties that are currently in Parliament, and that are standing in Tauranga and Bay of Plenty electorates.

“We want to ensure issues discussed are relevant to our business community, and that everyone has a chance to speak, to engage with the debate, and that attendees felt they got the information they needed.”

Chamber CEO Matt Cowley urges anyone in business to attend – whether owner or employee – to better understand how the political landscape of our nation will directly impact the regional outlook for the coming years.

“The nation’s recovery plan from COVID-19, including how we will pay for it, will last for a generation. The region needs to understand how decisions made in Wellington will impact us in the Bay of Plenty.”

Event sponsor Forsyth Barr has come on board to support the Chamber and provide an opportunity for you to ask the candidates questions about how they will work for the Bay of Plenty business community.

Forsyth Barr’s Tauranga-based team of professional Investment Advisers offer a comprehensive range of innovative financial services and investment opportunities. Paul O’Driscoll from Forsyth Barr Tauranga says, “It is a pleasure to be involved in this important election forum, offering insights to the policies of our local Parliamentary candidates. We look forward to a robust debate.”

Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Forsyth Barr, will be holding the forum on Thursday, August 20 at Baycourt Community & Arts Centre in the Addison Theatre.

The forum is free for anyone to attend but registrations are essential. Please click here to register now. 

To find out more about Forsyth Barr, visit, call into the Tauranga office at 40 Selwyn St or phone 0800 367 227. Disclosure Statements for Forsyth Barr Authorised Financial Advisers are available on request and free of charge.

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