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Stage set for tussle in Tauranga

Published: 8:07PM Saturday June 14, 2008 Source: ONE News

A political novice has been confirmed as National's candidate in the critical seat of Tauranga.

Tauranga Crown prosecutor Simon Bridges is set to take on one of the heavyweights of New Zealand politics, Winston Peters.

In 1978, when a fresh-faced Peters was out in south Auckland chasing votes for National, the

man National has chosen to go up against him in Tauranga in 2008 was the ripe old age of two.

Bridges was selected by National's local members on Friday night to replace Bob Clarkson as the party's candidate.

After a colourful time as Tauranga's MP, Clarkson, who snatched the seat off Peters in 2005, pulled out of the race last month.

But Bridges, a 31-year-old Oxford University graduate, is intent on keeping Tauranga true blue.

He hasn't declared it yet, but ONE News understands Peters will stand in Tauranga.

The New Zealand First leader says Simon Bridges sounds like a good young lad and he hopes National gives him a good spot on it's party list.

The fun and games Tauranga are about to begin.