Key rules out Jim Bolger as next Governer-General

John Key has scotched any talk of a former politician replacing Sir Jerry Mateparae as Governor-General

The Prime Minister has ruled out a former politician being the next Governor-General.

The current Head of State representative, Sir Jerry Mateparae, finishes up his five-year term with a state farewell on August 31.

On Monday John Key hinted a decision could be made as soon as this week but not to expect a former politician to be given the nod.

“As a general rule, and I know it’s happened with Sir Keith Holyoake for instance, but as a general rule that’s not my preference.”

Before Mateparae, there was Sir Anand Satyanand, a judge, an ombudsman (and the victim of Paul Henry’s race comments). And before him was Dame Silvia Cartwright, another judge, who went on to work for the United Nations.

Why does the Media party insist on mentioning Paul Henry in every article on the topic?

Key wasn’t giving away much regarding the shortlist other than to say he wanted someone who “can carry out the duties and responsibilities of the Governor-General with the mana and respect that the office deserves”.

Also in the “highly rare event there was a significant constitutional issue” Key said he would want someone in the role who was “bright enough to understand themselves but also be able to take advice”.

Failing that he would expect the person to be willing to “discharge their constitutional responsibilities when it comes to the election process”.

“Any person that made the shortlist in my mind…would be able to have the intellectual wherewithal to do that”.

Still no clues…but the Media party are throwing speculators.

Other wildcards include: Soldier Corporal Willie Apiata, health advocate Sir John Kirwan, Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy and opera singers Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Dame Malvina Major.

Susan Devoy would be a travesty. And the rest are a joke, surely.

Whoever it is, they are likely to be abused by Labour for being a Key flunky.

 

– Fairfax


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