Andrew Hunt

How dirty is Bill playing?

You’ve got to admire Bill English. He has managed to achieve a coronation. His team worked hard, but then again they had two months to plan to gazump everyone else.

But there are some concerning anti-democratic tendencies starting to emerge from the fog of war.

By convention whips are supposed to stay out of the fray. Of course, John Carter broke that in rinsing Bill English the first time. However, the whips were very active in backing Bill English, especially Jami-Lee Ross who was running the numbers for Bill English and was the person who leaked to Patrick Gower.

What was astonishing however was the appointment to two other MPs to act as scrutineers in Monday’s vote. Hekia Parata and Chester Borrows were appointed and there were cries of foul deeds. Hekia Parata is well known as a Bill English supporter and so is Chester Borrows. Hekia told caucus that she could be trusted and fair to much sniggering behind people’s hands.

You might think that isn’t too bad, so what, why am I making a big deal?   Read more »

The Upcoming National Party Board Election, Ctd

The National Party board election is coming up soon, and as previously mentioned all round good guy and burner of the midnight oil Grant McCullum is leaving, much to the disappointment of the night owls in the party.

The three contenders for the board are Stephen McElrea, Andrew Hunt and Glenda Hughes.

All three have real strengths, though the National Party board has been lacking in political low bastardry since my oldest friend in caucus, Scott Simpson, traded his board position in to become MP for Coromandel. Since Scott has left the Board has lacked the kind of rat cunning that political parties really need.

There are a number of MPs that have outstayed their welcome in caucus and need to be moved on, and the current board doesn’t look like it has anyone who will be able to sidle up to an MP and say “Lindsay old chap, it might be time for you to go and spend some more time with your family”. To do this the board member has to have the support of the PM, or the whispers can be safely ignored.   Read more »

The coming selection in Northland

The predictable demise of Northland MP Mike Sabin means a very blue seat is up for selection.

The majority is 9300, and Labour’s candidate, Willow-Jean Prime, has just had a baby, so is not expected to run again.

When Sabin won in 2011 there was considerable interest in the selection, with a good number of candidates putting their names forward. Some of these are expected to be contenders again.

Grant McCullum: Long time National Board member and perceived front runner in the last selection. Withdrew due to issues with a tricky missus. Inside word is she has just got more tricky over the years so McCullum will struggle to get approval to run.   Read more »

What the hell Just Happened in the Hunua Selection?

The tipline has been running hot with disgruntled members in Hunua who are very, very annoyed with what has happened with the Hunua selection.

It appears that Electorate Chair Ian McDougall has colluded with his deputy Rob McGregor to get the candidate they want.

With all the Kim Dotcom Nazi stories this week the details have to be fact checked but it appears that McDougal and McGregor have gone against the wishes of the highly pissed off electorate members and blackballed two former local board chairs and hard working party members in favour of outsiders with few connections to the electorate or little service to the party. This means their favored candidate Kael Roberts will win by default, and be the lackey of McDougall and McGregor.   Read more »

Tamaki Nominations for National

from National party press release:

The National Party has announced a shortlist of five top nominees who have put their names forward for selection as National’s Tamaki candidate in the November 26 election.

A shortened candidate selection process is taking place after the decision by Tamaki MP Allan Peachey to step down at the election.  Tamaki’s pre-selection committee met last night, while a final selection will take place on October 26.

Tamaki Electorate chair Andrew Hunt says the candidates are:

  • Denise Krum
  • Toni Millar
  • Simon O’Connor
  • Seby Reeves
  • Mark Thomas

As with all selections this blog does not take a position on who should win the selection, as delegates are smart enough to choose the best candidate most of the time.  A full profile of all candidates will be posted tomorrow.

This selection is being run very fairly, unlike others this cycle. Board members and regional chairs are not involved promoting candidates, in total breach of the ethics of their position, a position that requires complete neutrality.