Northcote by-election is on 9 June

The date has been set for the Northcote by-election.

Stuff reports:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the Northcote by-election will be held on June 9.

The Auckland seat is vacant after the resignation of National MP Jonathan Coleman, who has left to take up a job in the private health sector.

National’s nominations closed Tuesday and President Peter Goodfellow said the party would select a shortlist of five from those who had put their hand up before final selection on April 15.

National deputy Paula Bennett has been named its campaign chairperson.

Labour’s nominations close Wednesday and the frontrunner is tipped as Shanan Halbert, who stood against Coleman at the last election and trimmed his majority from 10,000 to 6000.

National is expected to hold on to the seat given the size of its majority at the last election. And while it has been held by Labour in the past it could turn into a referendum on Auckland fuel taxes and transport issues, which have been a hot topic in recent weeks.

The Government is proposing a fuel tax increase of between nine and 12 cents a litre to fund a raft of new land transport plans that focus on investing in road safety and rapid rail.

The tax would be a double whammy for Aucklanders, who can also expect Auckland Council to introduce about 10 cents a litre in regional fuel taxes to pay for major transport projects. End of quote.

National won’t have Vernon Tava as a candidate; he was scratched at pre-selection. The other selection candidates are:

One is Dan Bidois, a good mate of Jami-Lee Ross and the candidate who lost the Pakuranga selection to Simeon Brown. He lives in Botany so will find it hard to be a carpetbagger in the parochial North Shore. Another candidate for selection is current local board member Lisa Whyte, who is dead set useless, but  pretends to be local when in reality she’s a carpetbagger too. There are a couple more names, including one bloke, Darren Ward, who was going to challenge Andrew Hunt, the regional chair, but bottled it. And Danielle Grant who is also a local board member of no consequence.

It will be interesting to see who will make the cut. Peter Goodfellow has instructed Andrew Hunt to make sure that the delegates are filled from Northcote first and, as the membership was appallingly low, then top-up delegates are to come from neighbouring electorates. One of those is Paula Bennett’s electorate so it is thought there is an attempt to stitch up the selection for one particular candidate who is close to her and a couple of other now senior MPs.

Of course, if there is any skullduggery in this selection then I will hear about it and bust it wide open.

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