As a card carrying member of National I am thinking about attending the National conference although it is an ultra boring lecture fest where members get little say on anything so unless I am suffering from insomnia I might not bother. If you are into school assemblies you might attend but if you donâ€™t like being told to sit down and shut up it is not very interesting.
This conference could and should have been used for a robust review of the election campaign and the performance of the board. Instead a pathetic 8 page white-wash of a report will be delivered and the board will all back slap themselves on a job well done. No one is allowed to hold dissenting views and the board is moving toÂ alienateÂ and silence critics. Their new form for people wanting to attend the Candidate’s College is laughable. If only the same standards applied to people standing for the board. But that is for another post.
What troubles me is National conferences go in a three year cycle, yet the last conference in Auckland was only two years ago. National has decided to skip Christchurch, just when 700 delegates coming to Christchurch would give the local economy a shot in the arm.
Next year I hope National show a bit more faith in Christchurch and have their conference there. Members should tell the board they expect to be supporting Christchurch by hosting the conference there, even if there is a bit of discomfort caused by the earthquakes.