Will the Nasty Faction Win Manukau East?

Ross Robertson’s retirement means one of the few safe Labour seats to come up this cycle is going to selection. The jockeying for position has already begun, with the nasty faction having to choose between two of its stalwarts to see who to back.

Kate Sutton is regarded as the real up and comer in the Nasty Faction, as she has done a Nikki Kaye and trodden over everyone to get her current position within Labour. No one outside the Nasty faction speaks highly of Kate, and she is disliked by just about everyone of her age or younger, just like Nikki Kaye. Kate doesn’t have any current links to Manukau East beyond a burning ambition to use it as a spring board to get to Wellington. 

The other nasty faction contender is Carol Beaumont, who may not be as nasty as Kate but is friends with all the right people in the nasty faction, and who’s nasty husband Robert has been doing the leg work for a stitch up in Manukau East in case Carol gets the arse from parliament again as a List MP. Robert has done the hard yards in the party too, working to get the party to adopt a policy of equal numbers of men and women in caucus. Like Kate, Carol doesn’t have any particular link to Manukau East except wanting a safe seat and a place at the trough.

Labour selections can still be won at a local level by a candidate willing to do the work. The nasty faction may not be able to stitch up this selection if the locals decide to support their own candidate rather than letting HQ impose an outsider on them.


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  • GazzW

    Speaking purely as a Maungakiekie resident……………. GO CAROL!!

    It’s just a pity that Manukau East isn’t further away.

    • coventry

      lol – same thoughts, same post time !

      • GazzW

        Funny that.

  • coventry

    Dear Manukau East – please take the Carpotamus.

    Residents of Maungakeikei Electrorate

  • In Vino Veritas

    It should be pointed out the Carol Beaumont has done nothing other than have her snout in the trough for her whole working life. Bludging off workers in the NZCTU and now in Parliament snouting off all taxpayers.

  • Ururoa

    Change the rules, make it that any candidate for a specific seat must be able to prove residency in that seat for a minimum period (e.g. 5 years). After all they are elected to represent that seat’s interests.

    • GazzW

      Totally agree Ururoa. Labour are taking a real chance though on Beaumont as she turned Maungakiekie from a labour stronghold in 2005 (6000 majority) to a National win in 2008 and a National stronghold in 2011 (3000 majority). All due to the prospect of having Beaumont as an electorate MP. She’s been resoundingly rejected twice so I guess that Manukau East has to pay the union dues.

      • Dave

        Labour, under the Mixed ownership model, might just be 49% owned by the Greens, 49% owned by the CTU, 1% owned by Labour. Kind of leaves the average labour punter out in the cold.

      • Ururoa

        My grandparents have lived in One Tree Hill for over 50 years; both depression era born, lifetime Labour voters. But the demographics of the area have changed a lot, used to be a solid working class district, now distinctly middle class; same with Ellerslie, Greenlane etc. so the move to a Blue seat was kind of predictable.

        • GazzW

          Granted. I have been here since Hugh Watt was MP and seen the demographics change but not to the point where the electorate is necessarily a National stronghold. Sam Lotu Iiga was a very astute choice by the Nats – a middle class professional but also a Polynesian to pull the rug from under Labour’s feet. Beaumont has not helped the cause though and being white-anted into the electorate as a list MP has not helped Labour’s popularity. Itotally agree with you on labour parachuting this carpetbagger into Manukau East.

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      The criteria should include photographs dating back for the entire duration of the five years showing the resident mowing the lawn at least once a fortnight.

      • Ururoa

        So JK would be out; can’t have him as a rep for Helensville when he lives in Parnell now can we?

        • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

          I guess not. Point taken.

  • unitedtribes

    I quite like Nikki Kay. She did a good job on Waiheke and even won over Rocky Bay the home of most loopies in NZ.

  • Auto_Immune

    Manukau East is relatively socially conservative. Will the new candidate reflect the electorate’s wishes, or the party on social conscience bills?

  • AnonymousJuan

    Princess Kate, hoofing it with the proletariat? Who is she kidding? If she chipped her nails in South Auckland, who would be able to help her? No. She’ll focus on Maungakiekie, Te Atatu, Mt Roskill and even Mt Albert if she’s playing the long game.