I have learned via the tipline that there are actually two jobs up for grabs â€“ Government RelationsÂ Manager and Comms Manager for Sky City.
So there is the opportunity for two of Bews-Hairâ€™sÂ mates to be appointed to pivotal roles. This complicates the book somewhat but does mean youÂ can choose two dependent on role. And yes, you heard it here, Andi Brotherston is no longer in the
Comms Manager role.
Via the tipline Iâ€™ve been advised a few others may also be in the mix. They include:
A former colleague of Bews-Hair. Most know Munro as Clarkâ€™s spin doctor but he had a successfulÂ stint at Treasury as the Comms Manager before being headhunted by Todd Group. Heâ€™s only beenÂ there a short while but again an easy transition to go from oil exploration to the depths of gambling.Â Interesting that two of Bews-Hairâ€™s good mates are in the wider Todd Group â€“ Sifa Taumopeau isÂ with Todd Property. I hear he is happy at Todd so only at 25 to 1 as less likely to move.
Chris is a former advisor to Gerry Brownlee but lost the pie eating contest to other staff members soÂ had to jump ship. Despite many advising him not to, Bishop went to work for tobacco. The upsideÂ is that the leap from tobacco to gaming is bugger all. Likely to be too inexperienced for the role andÂ has ambitions to be an MP one day. Same problem as Nash – A peacock does not a good gamblingÂ lobbyist make. There are others in tobacco lobbying who are more experienced and talented thanÂ Bishop. 30 to 1
Yet another of the former Clark staffers, good mate of Munro and Bews-Hair. Currently at TelecomÂ (following a similar career path to Taumoepeau who also came to the Sky City job under Bews-Hairâ€™sÂ tutelage and from a Telecom external relation role). The quiet outsider who could surprise. 15 to 1
So, the book is as follows:
James Bews-Hair: scratched
Don Badman: scratched (now in London and very happy there)
Someone from Council offices 100 to 1
Conor Roberts: 50 to 1
Chris Bishop: 30 to 1
Bruce Robertson: 25 to 1
Mike Munro: 25 to 1
Catherine Etheredge: 20 to 1
Nick Albrecht: 15 to 1
Tim Hurdle: 15 to 1
Mark Watts: 15 to 1
Stuart Nash: 10 to 1
Close mate of Bews-Hair: 5 to 1
Place your choice in the comments or to the tipline.