Electoral boundaries

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!   Read more »

How to make a complete arse of yourself 101

I just love to call out the Labour Party when they contradict themselves. This time it is Richard Northey – former Labour MP, current Labour Councillor, wannabe Deputy Mayor who is making an arse of himself.

In one submission to the Electoral Boundaries Commission he says putting Otahuhu in a Manukau CIty electorate would be bad – "Objects to the proposal to include Otahuhu in a Manukau based electorate." (N19 602)

But in another submission he is pushing for Panmure to be a be joined with the Manukau City electorate of Pakuranga – "Move the south-western boundary to Barrack Road, so that all of Panmure is included in the Pakuranga electorate." (N17 049)

Seems it is ok to move an Auckland City suburb into Manukau when it suits him, but when it doesn't, he uses that as an excuse to argue against it happening.

Not content with meddling in the lives of Aucklanders, Northey also can't help himself from meddling in the boundary disputes in Rotorua (N30 601), Taranaki-King Country (N32 610), and the East Coast (N35 602).

While I am talking about complete arses, I'd also like to point out that current Manukau City Councillor Sharon Stewart can't read the law and thinks the Tamaki River should be ignored as an electorate boundary – "Objects to the reliance on natural boundaries as a primary determinant of electorate boundaries." (N17 605)

If you search for the numbers in the PDF you can find the submission summaries here: http://www.elections.org.nz/uploads/counter_objections_070705.pdf

Richard Northey liesth about the NZ Herald

 

Well, that's a smart move by the new City Vision co-leader. Richard Northey now seeks to burn all credibility with the NZ Herald by telling provable lies about who is leaking.

[quote]"Labour councillor Richard Northey told colleagues the Herald had told him that councillor Neil Abel leaked Dr Hucker's resignation to the newspaper. The Herald never spoke to Mr Northey on the issue. Besides, Mr Abel was not the source."[/quote]

The political stupidity here is amazing.

Firstly, the coup against Hucker is so poorly managed that they knife him AFTER Hucker's reconfirmation as a council candidate for City Vision. They strip him of his leaders role but leave him Deputy Mayor, and then replace him with Vern Walsh – who is retiring and voted the same way over water rates!

Secondly, City Vision want to go around publicly talking about who is or isn't leaking secrets from their caucus. Yeah, like that's not going to hit the newspapers instead of your political agenda. Stories about who is and isn't leaking is simply a godsend for the Auckland political right.

Thirdly, making up lies about the ONLY newspaper in town is probably not a bright thing to do when you are 4 months out from an election.