Skullduggery in Kaikoura

There is a contested selection underway in Kaikoura, where sitting MP Colin King faces a challenge.

Challenges are good for the party. They give members the opportunity to review the performance of a sitting MP and compare them against a challenger. They can also introduce some good people into the party, with John Key and Judith Collins coming through tough selections to be exceptional MPs.

The problem in Kaikoura is that the National Party is supposed to run selections completely neutrally.

Electorate chairs, regional chairs and board members are supposed to adhere to the gentlemen’s agreement that they remain impartial. Unfortunately it appears that there are certain people who are not gentlemen and are not remaining impartial, and in clear breach of the convention they supporting one candidate.  

These ungentlemanly individuals should consider their positions. Skullduggery in selection will be outed, and those committing skullduggery will be held to account and personally scrutinised.

The National Party doesn’t need ethical lapses in selection processes.

Whispering campaigns and dodgy backroom deals by senior party officials are unacceptable. Electorates should choose their candidates without interference from those who should be impartial.

Those involved in the skullduggery should know that I have eyes and ears everywhere. I know who they speak to, I know what they say and who they are saying to.

Some should know better but old buggers will be old buggers and think the old ways still work. They should always think to themselves..How will this look on Whaleoil if this gets out? …Which it will.


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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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