Reason number 2.
Simon Bridges was in the heart of Dunedin' student quarter for the annual Otago University Students' Association Clubs and Societies Day on Thursday, where he was followed by about a dozen placard-waving protesters for Extinction Rebellion.
He told Stuff he found the students positive, open, and eager to learn what National could do for them. "I think, dare I say it, there's a possibility of having two local National members in Parliament."
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Austrian oil and gas company OMV completed exploration of a well in the Great South Basin this week with no major resource discovery.
OMV Australasia vice president Gabriel Selischi said the drilling off the coast of Otago had not resulted in a commercial-scale discovery.
The drilling team was currently preparing to plug and abandon the well, she said.