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Saturday, November 1

Joe the Plumber New Zealand Style

Prime Minister Helen Clark found New Zealand's "Joe the Plumber" on the campaign trail yesterday while campaigning at a retirement home in Auckland.

Just like Joe the plumber in the U.S., plumber Morgan Luxton, asked her how the Labour party would help the self-employed.

Luxton later said he was "a bit embarrassed" because he was the only plumber in the room.

Luxton, an undecided voter, said he was leaning toward voting for Clark's Labour Party in the election after voting for the National Party in the last elections.

To recall, America's Joe the Plumber, whose real name is Samuel J. "Joe" Wurzelbacher, 34, of Ohio, shot to national attention when he questioned Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama about his tax policies.

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain repeatedly cites Joe the Plumber in his speeches, saying Obama's plan would hurt people like him who want to own their own businesses.

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