Where are National’s Women Candidates?


National are going to get mocked for having so few women running for office. Every conference Peter Goodfellow stands up and rabbits on about more women in caucus but it never happens.

In 2011 National expanded its caucus but ended up with fewer women than before the election.

The media will hammer National for doing nothing to increase the number of women in caucus, and Peter Goodfellow deserves the blame. He has been next to useless in recruiting good women candidates, and helping them prepare for selection.  

If only Peter Goodfellow was prepared to kick in some doors in places in New Zealand other than the leafy suburbs then the party might be able to recruit some better women.

National doesn’t need a man ban, it just needs someone better than Goodfellow out recruiting good women and supporting them through selection. And a culture that demands results not excuses, as National is always full of excuses.

But hey, look, the party has spent $2 million on an old brick house in Wellington. Unfortunately the bloke-fest will likely continue and National will promte useless men above capable women.

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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.

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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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