Selection Ethics

As long time readers will know I do not take sides in selection battles except to out malicious and unethical people who try to bend the rules in their favour.

During the short Tamaki selection process I will out any unethical behaviour. This is should be a fair contest, fought fairly with a fair result, and I have the assurance of the man running the selection this will be the case.

Anyone attempting the following will be outed:

  • Board Members taking an impartial position: Board Members should remain neutral in any selection. They should not favour any candidate, and definitely should not be giving electorate members print outs of internet posts about candidates. Board members were not impartial in the Rodney, Coromandel and Palmerston North selections and in fact actively engaged in lobbying.
  • Regional Chairs taking an impartial position: Elected office holders need to remain impartial in selection processes to protect the integrity of the process. This did not occur in Coromandel or Palmerston North.
  • Unscrupulous Identity Politics: The National Party Bloke-fest does not need Regional Chairs and Board members telling members that a woman should not run because she has children that need mum at home. Plenty of mothers in New Zealand choose to work, and a silly, patrician view of a woman’s place being in the home is wrong. Any Board Member or Electorate Chair who campaigns on behalf of a man against a mother on the grounds she is a mother will be outed.
  • Trying to plant false stories about candidates: The tipline will inevitably have all sorts of stories sent through about all sorts of candidates. Tipsters need to know there is an exceptionally good bullshit filter on the tipline and this will filter out dumb attempts to harm candidates. Anyone spreading bullshit can expect it to be flung back.

National selections should be fair and clean.  Good luck to all those who put their names forward in Tamaki and lets keep this fight fair.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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