Was this wise?

I don’t know what the board of the National party were thinking in authorising this little purchase.

Today Fairfax Media revealed that the National Party had paid more than $2 million for a 41 Pipitea St, mansion in Thorndon which was previously home to a string of prime ministers. The house will become the party’s headquarters.

Party president Peter Goodfellow said the red-brick house was “perfect” for the party.

“It’s very appropriate. It’s got historic places designation on it . . . and it’ll be the perfect home for the party for the next 78 years,” Goodfellow said.

The sale price was $2,156,000, some $256,000 more than the property’s rateable value.

It was the former residence of Sir Sidney Holland, National’s first prime minister, and Sir Keith Holyoake, the party’s longest-serving prime minister and New Zealand’s third longest.

It has also been home to Labour prime ministers Sir Walter Nash and Sir Geoffrey Palmer. More recently it was lived in by Cabinet ministers, including Nick Smith. 

I wouldn’t have thought this was particularly wise. It has allowed a silly distraction with Winston peters attacking the party and the government

I don’t know whether the money would have been better invested elsewhere other than in bricks and mortar, but either the party has literally millions more sitting int he bank or this was a monumental waste of coin that would ahve been best spent campaigning.

Like alot of things in the National Party, it will likely have been funded by generous donors who don’t expect anything back, and I would seriously doubt it will have come out of the subscriptions of ordinary members.

On a personal level it looks and seems a smart thing to do. However, on a security for staff, and best return for political dollar investment in an online world I could think of a whole more effective things to do with that amount of cash.

They might have even spared some cash for the White Ribbon campaign.


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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. 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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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