Michelle Boag

Thanks a bunch Sue and Michelle

Sue Wood and Michelle Boag have helped deliver Labour-aligned councillors to North Shore with their ill-fated and frankly bizarre set up called Auckland Future.

After a nail-biting race to the finish line, Richard Hills takes his seat at the council table next to North Shore ward councillor Chris Darby.

The announcement was confirmed at 9am this morning, October 14, following a neck-and-neck race between Hills and rival Grant Gillon.

Hills takes the title by 128 special votes.

Hills and Darby were campaign partners for this election, and are looking forward to working together.

Hills says he’s chuffed and it feels real now.

Darby says it just seemed like a “natural fit” to work with Hills.   Read more »

The knives are out…as they should be

The National party, in the past, has been very effective at cutting out cancer. After the 2002 debacle the board moved very quickly to cut cancer out and Boag and English were knifed.

Now one of those fools is back meddling and it cost Auckland a centre-right council. Michelle Boag is a cancer in National. Maurice Williamson once described her as a boil that needed lancing. That has not changed.

The knives are out in the National Party after the centre-right’s disastrous result at last weekend’s local elections in Auckland.

Mayoral candidate Vic Crone trailed Labour Phil Goff from start to finish.

Goff’s name recognition and political experience were too much of a mountain to climb for Crone in 10 months. Having two other centre-right contenders, John Palino and Mark Thomas, confused voters and made matters worse.

The immediate post mortem is focused on National’s de facto ticket Auckland Future, which bombed horribly.

Auckland Future set out to create a citywide ticket and secure a majority of centre-right councillors on Auckland Council. It stood seven council candidates and endorsed media personality Bill Ralston in Waitemata and Gulf. It came away with one seat. Of the 25 candidates who stood for a Local Board, six were elected.

On the North Shore, where National holds every electorate seat, Auckland Future was taken to the cleaners by four centre-left, liberal candidates. From a base in Parnell, Auckland Future nobbled the sitting centre-right North Shore councillor George Wood, who could have won.

On election day, not a single National MP turned up at Crone’s function at the Cav tavern in Freemans Bay. Act leader David Seymour was the only MP in attendance. Seven National MPs, including junior cabinet ministers Maggie Barry, Paul Goldsmith and Nikki Kaye, were at her campaign launch.

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Observations of Auckland’s centre-right clusterf*ck election

Nick K stood for office on the North Shore.

He makes some observations of the campaign at No Minister:

Like a lot of people, I watched the clusterf**k unfold last Saturday, but my sentiment was more of amusement rather than disappointment.  And that’s because I saw this coming about 6 months ago, or maybe even longer.  I was involved in the campaign at a candidate level for a local board, and tried to distance myself from Auckland Future as best I could.  Stevie Wonder could have seen what was coming for them.

The political right in local body politics in Auckland exhibit the same attitude and make the same mistakes that Labour does at central politics level at the moment.  Both sets of players talk at voters, rather than to them.  They both believe they are right (as in correct) and soon the dumb voters will wake up and realise it.  But critically, they both utterly fail in their political messaging and strategy.  Both Labour and the centre right in Auckland local body politics believe if they keep doing the same things – the very things that have failed Labour and the centre right in Auckland local body politics since 2010 – eventually they will succeed as the voters will inevitably see sense.

Of course, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of stupidity.   Read more »

Richard Harman on National’s Auckland cock-up

Richard Harman gets right down to tin tacks in assessing National’s Auckland debacle.

The centre-left have now won control of the Auckland and Wellington Councils.

This will be a major morale booster for the Labour Party though Andrew Little was quick to say that it did not necessarily translate into improved chances for the party at the next election.

For National the result is more troubling.

There will now be a debate about why the centre right candidates so comprehensively lost.

In short, how did the centre right blow it.

And there will be a debate (again) about whether, like Labour, the party should become more involved in local body elections.

That may be particularly relevant in Wellington where two centre-right candidates with National Party connections stood for Mayor.

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Vic Crone is now attacking rich pricks with holiday baches

With most of her advisors abandoning her Vic Crone is resorting to form, a big socialist bully.

Her latest bright idea is to increase rates on people’s baches.

Auckland bach owners who do not use their places frequently would be hit with a massive rate hike under a policy proposed by a mayoral candidate.

National Party-aligned Auckland Future mayoral candidate Vic Crone is proposing measures to help solve the city’s housing shortage that target unoccupied properties. Buildings sitting empty for more than six months may be in line for rates increases of up to fifty percent.

“While we don’t have a good picture of the numbers, I’m hearing loud and clear there’s a problem and strong anecdotal evidence right across Auckland, including in Special Housing Areas.”   Read more »

Vic Crone, The Tinder Candidate



On Paul Henry’s show today Michael Barnett sledged Vic Crone hard.

“I wonder if Michelle Boag and Nikki Kaye found Crone on Tinder?”

This is perhaps the smartest thing Barnett has ever said.   Read more »

Perhaps this should be the standard defence technique for any kind of attack?

What do Michelle Boag, Martyn Bradbury, John Hopoate and this man all have in common?

The desperate actions of a man who poked a finger into the bum of an attacking dog may have saved Phillip McLean’s leg.

McLean’s daytrip to Palmerston North turned into more than a week lying in a hospital bed after he was set upon by a pitbull neapolitan mastiff cross.

The Hunterville man was visiting a friend on Terrace Street, near Palmerston North Hospital, last Wednesday when he heard growling.

A pitbull neapolitan mastiff cross, allegedly let out from a nearby block of flats, had its paws up on McLean’s vehicle and was in the middle of a growling match with his dog, a rottweiler, who he had left in the car with the window partially down.   Read more »

Crone gets another pasting

Seems that Xero Hero Vicky Crone is not impressing anyone.

Just 18 months ago, Victoria Crone was fizzing about her new role as Managing Director, NZ and New Markets, of accounting software giant Xero. A month into the job and she was enthusing on the company blog about “a fun and energy to this place that’s infectious”, and how “I love a company that eats its own dog food”. She ended the entry: “Who wouldn’t want to be part of this?”

On Monday it turned out that Ms Crone didn’t. She wanted to be mayor of Auckland instead. She’s walked out on the job where so recently, she’d “been overwhelmed by people’s friendliness, energy, pride [and], willingness to help”, into the bear pit that is local government politics.

You have to wonder how on earth the two grand dames of the National Party, Michelle Boag and Sue Wood, who came knocking and pleading, managed to pull it off. Cordon bleu dog food, perhaps?

It’s clearly a chick thing.  This isn’t about the best person for the job at all.  Boag and Wood are trying to create their next client to leech off – a Tizard v2.0 if you like.   But they have chosen poorly.  Media training isn’t going to fix the “oh my gosh” awkwardness of Crone.   Read more »

Josie Pagani on Victoria Crone

Josie Pagani reviews the launch of a Victoria Crone’s campaign launch.

It isn’t pretty.

If you’re going to stand for political office the minimum requirements must surely include some rationale for your candidacy. You want to do the job because you see a job needing doing. You need to have something sensible to say about topical issues and some guide to what you expect to do in office.

If you don’t have these minimum contributions to debate, then your candidacy is pointless.

An onerous duty of political commentary is the requirement to read the sources, and so I visited Victoria Crone’s website  to see what she plans for Auckland, only to find my low expectations wildly overestimated. There’s about as much substance here as Kanye West’s run for president. She wants to ‘Create Win-Win Situations’, ‘Empower People’ and ‘Lead From A Place of strength’; as if she’s running against a candidate who wants to lose, take power away from you, and be a weak leader.

Beneath the blandly moronic motivational platitudes  – “I believe anything is possible! (insert emoji) – she lists ‘Issues’: B is for ‘Housing’, C is for ‘Transport’. Maybe they’ve changed Sesame Street since I was young.

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What’s worse, parading your victimhood or Michelle Boag parading about parading your victimhood?

Screenshot -One News Michelle Boag

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Michelle Boag

It isn’t often that you will find me agreeing with Michelle Boag. I feel dirty just typing that, in fact I was sick a little bit in my mouth.

Former National Party president Michelle Boag has accused female opposition MPs of “parading their victimhood” after they stood up in Parliament to talk about their experiences of sexual assault.

Boag made the comments in response to a protest against Prime Minister John Key’s comments that the Labour Party was was “backing the rapists” at the Christmas Island detention centre.

One by one, a number of female opposition MPs rose to demand an apology from Key, with some publicly stating for the first time their experience as victims of sexual assault.

At least a dozen female MPs either walked out in protest or were ejected by Speaker David Carter after he turned off their microphones to prevent them from being heard.

Speaking to Radio Live, Boag said the MPs had “made it all about them” instead of dealing with the issues facing detainees.    Read more »