National Selection Round Up

This blog will be covering all the National Party selections over the next six months. As usual it will not take sides in any selection process unless some stupid fundy tries to break all the rules and rig selection, or if some factional war lords wearing drag try to impose a candidate on an electorate.

Unlike Labour, National’s selection process is decided by the electorates, not HQ, and the Board or Caucus have bugger all to do with it.

Whangarei: – The very urbane and cosmopolitan Paul Foster-Bell, a Whangarei boy, wants to return home. Paul needs to spend a few early mornings out catching his limit of snapper, accept the abuse of that ratbag Nathan Guy for cutting our snapper limit, and remember the golden rule about MPs not having gay utes like Fossy’s and he is in with a chance. Mike Sabin has talked of switching seats but probably wont. National board member Grant McCullum is unlikely to run because of his difficult missus.

New Westie Seat: – Linda Cooper may be the one to take one for the team in the new westie seat, but she may show a degree of wisdom no one had previously noticed, and decide to stay on council.

Te Atatu: – Self confessed Westie Mark Bridges seems like a good pick for this seat even if he wants to parachute into Hunua, which he has absolutely no connection to, but fair play to him, if he can smooze all the old dears in Hunua enough to beat a formidable local he deserves it.  

Mt Roskill: – One of the listies will probably look at this seat, although the inside word is that with massive boundary changes this is a marginal seat so National’s best campaigner Sam Lotu-Iiga could be National’s best bet.

Manurewa: –  Cam Calder heading off to play petanque and wear stripey jerseys means National needs someone to take one for the team in Manurewa. The potential boundary changes and new seat means that current List MPs Jiang and Ngaro might be trying to avoid the short straw but with a lack of willing volunteers there is no one.

Hunua: –  Senior people inside the party in Hunua are putting up huge barriers to anyone but a locally chosen candidate. There will be carpet baggers, but with over 1200 members the National Party has no influence over the selection, so even someone as prominent as David Kirk is likely to get the arse. It is hard to see anyone other than a good political operative with a sound policy background winning this selection, as seats with big blue memberships like to see someone who can make it to cabinet having a go.

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