Goff feels the love as Epsom threatened to implode

Claire Trevett brings us?this hilarious expose of Phil Goff’s feelings being hurt

Snobbery and a false rumour that a boundary change would take some homes out of the Auckland Grammar zone and affect property values are believed to be factors in the strong opposition by voters in the well-heeled Epsom electorate to being moved into the more working class Labour electorate of Mt Roskill.

Mr Goff said there had been “a degree of moral panic” that it would affect the Grammar zone and property prices, “both of which are nonsense”.

He suspected there was a degree of snobbery about the proposed change. “If people felt being associated with Mt Roskill was going to affect their social class, that’s tough. People are proud to live in Mt Roskill and if the people of Epsom felt that was somehow beneath them, that’s a real pity.”

Phil, there was a genuine panic at the thought of being taken from a safe blue seat and being lumped in with a safe red seat. ? This isn’t snobbery, it is just plain realism they don’t like your sort up in Epsom.

He was not taking the opposition of the Epsom residents personally. “The fact they vote nine to one for National and have opted out of coming into Mt Roskill probably isn’t a huge disappointment for me. Not being arrogant, but I would like to think that perhaps I could not simply match John Banks, Richard Worth and Rodney Hide, but I could perhaps do a better job.”

Ooooooooooooooh.. BURN! ?

How old are you? ?Seven?

Thanks to the Herald, some nice factual data provides a helpful overview on the electoral boundary changes as they pertain to “winners” and “losers”

Winners and losers from electorate boundary changes

Winners:
? Labour’s candidate for the new Kelston electorate (likely to be Carmel Sepuloni). A seat for life.
? Act: Epsom kept the well-heeled areas where voters are savvy over vote splitting to help Act.
? National MP Nikki Kaye: Auckland Central should be easier for her to hold by picking up some of Newmarket/Grafton and losing Grey Lynn.
? National MP Paula Bennett: Bennett’s very marginal Waitakere seat is replaced with a safe Labour seat in Kelston and a safe National seat in Upper Harbour. Bennett staked her claim to Upper Harbour, ending speculation National would use it for an “Epsom deal” with Conservative leader Colin Craig.

Losers:
? Labour MPs David Shearer and Phil Goff lose more good Labour territory than they gain, shaving off about 3000-4000 votes. Both have large majorities and incumbency will keep them safe.
? Labour MP Jacinda Ardern: putting Grey Lynn into Mt Albert will help David Shearer, but also make it harder for Ardern to wrestle Auckland Central off Nikki Kaye.
? National MP Sam Lotu-liga: Maungakiekie becomes more marginal and Labour-friendly, but he should hold against Carol Beaumont.

UPDATE: It’s a small?issue maybe, but NZ Herald today gives Phil Goff a?platform to sneer at people who do not want to live in Mt Roskill, in?relation to boundary changes. The article does not point out that Phil?lives on his multimillion land block in polo country at Clevedon.

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