Is Curran in trouble?

There is a great deal of rumour circulating about the continued candidacy of Clare Curran in Dunedin South.

This advertisement was placed on Christmas Eve in the paper.


Image/ Supplied by Pete George

It would seem from locals down there that there is hope that the selection will be contested. Apparently she is about as popular as an outbreak of the pox in a brothel.

My sources in Fraser House say that both the Dunedin North and Dunedin South electorate candidate selections are currently uncontested with nominations closing on Feb 28. However there has been no advertisement for Dunedin North as yet.

Ele Ludemann has also picked up on it:

Does this mean that sitting MP Clare Curran isn’t standing or that she’s standing but not wanted and the party’s hoping for other nominations?

Or does it just mean there’s been a muck-up and no-one’s been nominated at all?

Whatever the answer this is most unusual in what was once a dark red seat.

However, at the last election it was more purple – National won the party vote and its candidate Jo Hayes, who will enter parliament on the list when Katrina Shanks retires next month, made a serious dent in Curran’s majority.

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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.