Candidates contesting the Tukituki electorate will have a chance to say why they should be elected at a Meet the Candidates event organised by Hawke's Bay Today, tonight.
The meeting, run in conjunction with NewstalkZB, is being held at 6pm today at Karamu High School, on the corner of Grove Road and Windsor Avenue in Hastings.
National MP for Tukituki and candidate Craig Foss, Labour's Anna Lorck, Chris Perley of the Green Party, Dr Stephen Jenkinson of the Conservative Party, Romana Manning of Legalise Cannabis Aotearoa, Duncan Lennox of Act and Dick Ryan of the Democrats for Social Credit have all confirmed their attendance.
Each candidate will give an opening address in which they will argue why they should be elected as MP.
Editor Andrew Austin, who will moderate the debate, will then ask questions on behalf of Hawke's Bay Today readers.
Candidates will each make a closing statement.
Mr Austin encouraged readers to attend the meeting to get a clear understanding of what each candidate stood for.
"This is your opportunity to hear what the candidates have to say. It will enable you to make an informed choice of who you want to represent you in Parliament."
There will be a gold-coin entry, with proceeds going to Cranford Hospice.
A straw poll will be conducted after the candidates have had their say and the poll's results will be published in tomorrow's paper.
If you have a question you would like put to the candidates, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr Austin said the debate would be the first of three, with one being held for the Napier electorate and a third for Ikaroa Rawhiti.
All debates form part of Hawke's Bay Today's election coverage and a special election edition will be published on Monday, September 22.
Candidates in Hawke's Bay electorates, with results of elections since the start of the new millenium in 2000 (* denotes current MP)
BAILEY, Paul (Green)
McVICAR, Garth (Conservative)
NASH, Stuart (Labour)
O'NEILL, Mar (Alliance)
PULFORD, Barry (Democrat for Social Credit)
WALFORD, Wayne (National)
2002 Labour (Russell Fairbrother) maj 4157; 2005 National (Chris Tremain) maj 3591; 2008 National (Tremain) maj 9018; 2011 National (Tremain) maj 3701.
* FOSS, Craig (National)
JENKINSON, Stephen (Conservative)
LENNOX, Duncan (ACT)
LORCK, Anna (Labour)
MANNING, Romana (Legalise Cannabis Aotearoa)
PERLEY, Chris (Green)
RYAN, Dick (Democrat for Social Credit)
2002 Labour (Rick Barker) maj 6410; 2005 National (Craig Foss) maj 2402; 2008 National (Foss) maj 7811; 2011 National (Foss) maj 9660.
ATKINSON, Shane (ACT)
HART, John (Green)
McANULTY, Kieran (Labour)
MARK, Ron (NZ First)
REID, Brent (Conservative)
SCOTT, Alastair (National)
SMITH, Ra (Maori)
2002 Labour (Georgina Beyer) maj 6372; 2005 National (John Hayes) maj 2752; 2008 National (Hayes) maj 6758; 2011 National (Hayes) maj 7135.
EDEN, Cathryn (Independent)
FOX, Marama (Maori)
KANI, Henare (Green)
NIKORA, Te Hamua (Mana)
ROSE, Vicky (The Expats)
* WHAITIRI, Meka (Labour)
2002 Labour (Parekura Horomia) maj 10,359; 2005 Labour (Horomia) maj 1932; 2008 Labour (Horomia) maj 1645; 2011 Labour (Horomia) maj 6541; 2013 by-election Labour (Meka Whaitiri) maj 1659.
• The current Parliament comprises 119 members. Current representation is: National Party 59 seats, Labour Party 34, Green Party 14, New Zealand First 7, Maori Party 3, Mana Movement 1, United Future 1.