Can Paula Bennett win selection in Upper Harbour?


The former tart cart, which has since given up the ghost.

Paula Bennett is a formidable politician who brings the tenacity of a pig hunter to her campaigning. She is a self described Westie, and out and out proud of her Westie background. 

Her tart cart, flamboyant taste in clothes, tattoos and until she got married liking a bit of rough (including a few staunch red blokes) means she is the perfect candidate for the west. And there aren’t many pig hunters in Upper Harbour. So her pig hunting, tart cart driving, bogan dressing ways may make it difficult for her to win the nomination for Upper Harbour.

With the buggers muddle’s blessing though, Paula might just sneak through.


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  • Euan Ross-Taylor

    Sneak in? She’ll romp in!

    • andrew carrot

      …like an elephant bull seal heading for its harem

      • Like Gerry heading for a pie shop

        • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

          Or Len Brown storming into meeting rooms for urgent 2 minute businesses….

    • Toryboy

      Yes, I agree with you.

      Something which some folk fail to realise is 90% of her electorate is being incorporated into Mr Key’s electorate of Helensville.

      Is anyone suggesting the PM is a carpetbagger?

    • 4077th

      Yes I think your right. The problem with this (as a westie) is who are we left with? There is nobody out here worth voting for. Tau Henare is a complete and utter waste of time and has no value as a politician with influence. Am I stuck with voting for him because he is National? The only pinko’s left out this way are all concentrated in Ranui and some in Massey.

  • Macca

    Unlike anyone it would appear from the left, Paula has talent, a work ethic and enthusiasm – to name but a few of her talents. I think these traits will see her through to a successful outcome wherever she goes.
    She has certainy made a great fist of her current portfolio and rewarded John Key for the faith he showed in her. He (and her for that matter) must be very proud of her achievements to date.

    • Garbageman

      Couldnt agree more Macca, there arnt to may politicians i actually like but Paulas got drive attitude and passion and knows how to slap the left down at will
      Not everyone fav but the Yeah Nah was a classic

  • BG

    Upper Harbour looks like a National seat so she’ll be fine. Her work on bludgers has endeared herself to middle NZ and the attacks from the opposition have been quite muted lately. That means either she is doing a good job, or she bites back twice as hard…me thinks it’s a bit of both.

    • GazzW

      How the left must hate her. According to their values she should be struggling in a state house on the DPB and gratefully receiving a fortnightly state handout in return for which they demand her vote every three years. It’s interesting to note at QT how the left benches are hesitant to take her on. She made mincemeat of Ardern.

      Paula’s a bloody inspiration!

      • Patrick

        According to the Left’s values Key should also be similar – that is why both are hated by the lefties. How dare they better themselves, ungrateful buggers.

        • Agent BallSack

          Dirty stinking capitalists both of them. Unlike crack whore Fenton who has a degree in something vague, never had a job in her life until parachuted into Parliament on the list….and there she remains

          • Patrick

            Yeah but watch for Fenton et al to be rewarded under a future Labour Government for all the wonderful superhuman things she has done – like regularly getting out of bed & moving her carcass to the smorgasbord restaurant at Bellamys for instance.

      • 1951

        I believe she has changed the whole culture of her ministry where now the attitude of ‘give a man a fish’ to that of ‘teach a man to fish’ has changed from 50/50 to maybe 20/80, turning the mine-set of even the oldest of case-workers, managers etc.If that is the case, she is far more valuble than appears on the surface, we can’t loose her.

  • OhopeBeachBugger

    What a woman!

    • Justsayn

      She is certainly twice the woman most will ever be

  • peterwn

    In the pre MMP days there were real bloody fights in this sort of situation with a well respected and effective minister having to fight to remain in Parliament – the MSM feasted on such spectacles. This is far less of an issue with MMP.

    The current situation is complicated as party organisations are set up on existing electoral boundaries, yet the selection processes must take place assuming the new un-finalised boundaries. So it seems that Paula and HO could take advantage of an organisational vacuum in the new electorate.

    Probably, as Whale has indicated, it all depends on who can get in first and ‘organise’ the new electorate.

  • James

    I can’t see any issues with her getting the nomination. She is a formidable woman, intelligent and with proper right leaning politics.

    Yes, she may not be a typical upper harbourer but I think most of them will see through that and see that she will do a very good job of representing them.

    • You miss the point. The National nominee will win Upper Harbour. The bigger question is will Paula win the nomination? Does she have the numbers to win on the final selection night, or will the locals decide someone else should represent them? It should be up to the members not a stitch up by head office.

      • Euan Ross-Taylor

        Is there really any doubt that she would have the numbers. The locals are unlikely to put forward a candidate that would come close to Paula. But I take your point that the nomination process should be ‘free and fair’.

      • Justsayn

        I’d thought Colin Craig will was expected to stand and win – is the goss that he will have Orewa?

        • Euan Ross-Taylor

          Of course that is the ultimate in stitch ups. We in Epsom have had enough of being told to vote for someone we’d rather not. It is now someone else’s turn and it looks like McCully will just go on the list.

        • Not likely Orewa, more like East Cost Bays

      • James

        If I had a choice between Paula Bennett and pretty much anybody else on a nomination (or election) form then I would vote Paula. And I don’t even vote National.

        National party members are generally intelligent and will see this. So no need for a head office stitch up – stick her on the nomination form and she’ll win it.

      • Toryboy

        She is hardly a carpetbagger is she?

      • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

        Why would they want to replace her? She’s the best welfare minister this country’s had.

  • GazzW

    As a resident of Maungakiekie I note that the bureaucrats in their wisdom have sliced off the blue Hillsborough/Epsom South end of the electorate and tacked on a red South Auckland section. Sam Lotu – Iiga will have a battle on his hands but he will win again albeit with a smaller margin given the increased gentrification of Onehunga and the support that he receives from the PI community who vote for him regardless of their political leanings. Kehua had an unjustified swipe at Sam yesterday – let me tell you kehua that whilst Sam may not seek a Ministerial job he is one of the finest electorate MPs in NZ. Hardworking, available all hours to his constituents, articulate in local matters, helps out with footy club & kindergarten working bees. He’s a man of the people is our Sam – loved by the palagi, Maori & PI communities alike. What else do you think has turned Maungakiekie into a blue fortress?

    • kehua

      Exactly my point yesterday GW. he may well be a popular figure on his own little patch but when faced with a situation outside of his `local` knowledge, he did not seek advice and found it easier to side with the Leftwing wankeress Cathy Casey and co. Personally I have nothing against the man I just question his ability to make decisions impartially.

  • Toryboy

    Unless I am very much mistaken… I doubt there will be a second person seeking the nomination.

    • ex-JAFA

      What about Brian or Vanessa Neeson?

      • Wine Man


  • Justsayn

    She may well be a good candidate for National.

    I don’t expect she would be at all shy or subtle about saying “If you want me to be a minister in the next Government then first of all we need to be the next Government – vote for Colin if you want that, I’m on the list.”

    • Euan Ross-Taylor

      I hear that Colin might be offered East Coast Bays.

      • Justsayn

        Ahhh, I’m not up with the news. Thanks for that.

        It kinda makes sense to give him an electorate you know rather than risk the uncertainty of a new one.

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      That’s so cynical. Would they really do that?

  • johnbronkhorst

    Remember the early parliamentary days for her.
    Labour attacked her, thinking she was a week link.
    Typical labour….wrong again!!

  • Simo

    The new boundaries put us into HER new electorate, the incumbent in the current Te Atatu electorate is…….well Liarbour. Its great news for us to have an energetic and enthusiastic person. The place will rock with Paula as the MP.

    • ex-JAFA

      Yes, I was well pissed off when boundary changes took me out of the PM’s electorate and put me in a commie shirtlifter’s. If I’d stayed, I’d be in this new electorate and be pretty pleased again.

  • GregM

    Why isn’t she standing in the new Kelston electorate? She is high on the list so will be back anyway.

    • Kelston: bludgers central.

      • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

        Again. Consider that I am from the Hutt.

        • Come again?

          • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

            When it comes to bludgers, my hometown takes the cake.

  • conwaycaptain

    I see Socialist Cindy is going to stand in Akl Central against Nikki Kaye.
    Seeing that the RED part has been hived off into Shearers electorate she has a snowballs chance in hell.

  • Saccharomyces

    I didn’t know Paula hooned an S-Cargo. Awesome, they’re wicked little carts to drive.


    ZIP IT Sweetie!