Matt King

Northland selection update

Everything is sounding good from the National selection in Northland.

My spies tell me that skullduggery is being nipped in the bud and observant and proper management of the process is underway. Some people who failed to maintain their membership have found out that the new regional chair plays strictly by the rules and they are being quoted liberally, along with the words “tough luck pal”. Some people have managed to get board exemptions and that is permissible within the rules, but from the sounds of it those are few and far between.

The rules are being enforced strictly…which is very pleasing to hear.

There is one little issue that has been drawn to my attention that needs some clarification.

It seems one branch is, shall we say, top-heavy with membership. It could be suggested that the branch has been stacked and when you look at the recent members it certainly appears a little untoward.

Suffice to say this has been looked at closely and even though some members are children they are all over the age of 12 which is well within the rules and constitution.

I seem to remember being 15 or so when participating in my first selection as a delegate in the old Eden electorate.

Anyway it appears that the Regional officers are aware of the issue and have checked the rules.

Of course using such tactics may provide some blow back for the candidate concerned, people really don’t like this sort of edginess in the National party.   Read more »

National’s Northland Nominees

The National Party has released the names of the five nominees who have made it through preselection.

The nominees are Mita Harris, Matt King, Grant McCallum, Mark Osborne and Karen Rolleston.

It is an open secret that the National caucus and board all want Grant McCallum to become the candidate. Grant is known to be a fantastic bloke to go out on the lash with, known for his ability to consume alcohol and chase women discretely and not rat them out to the media or their missus.

He is one of the most popular guys at National conferences as he is a real talent when it comes to extra curricular activities.   Read more »

National Party Selections round-up


Front runner, all round bloody good guy and National Party stalwart Grant McCullum has dropped out of selection making it a relatively open race. The five that remain are Sarah Davies, Matt King, Ken Rintoul, Mike Sabin and Mark Tan and they will have huge shoes to fill in replacing John Carter. John’s one of the most liked guys in caucus and a man who has friends all over the country due to his easy going nature and willingness to help out with campaigns. Cactus Kate has already dealt with the inappropriate-ness of Sarah Davies.


This blog has said what it thinks about Rodney, so wont be saying any more other than if you are a fundamentalist christian go and be a missionary, don’t try to impose your religious views on the National Party and the country.

North Shore

It looks like we will see Maggie Barry emerging as the successful candidate there. Despite Maggie being beaten in Botany by Jami-Lee Ross, she has intimidated out some potentially good candidates so is left with opposition that is very weak. Former Councillor Paul Goldsmith is not likely to woo many delegates as he is too austere to be likable.

Maggies impending selection is probably good for New Zealand, as our politics has shown a disregard for older candidates, yet in other countries politicians do not reach the peak of their careers until much later in life. Maggie will appeal to a group of voters outside North Shore that probably would not vote National.


The meet the candidates events have finished and it appears to be a two horse race between long time Whaeloil friend and long time party servant Scott Simpson and Megan Campbell. This is a tight race and this blog wishes both candidates all the best for the final night. One note however is that silly games and rumour-mongering seem to have started in the lead up to the selection on the 19th. Those games should stop otherwise I might have to expose them. One thing I know for certain is that claiming endorsement from the hierarchy or leadership almost certainly leads one to destruction. Playing negative is not rewarded in National party selections because at the end of the process you all have to work together and a campaign for selection run with rumour, innuendo and spite is detrimental to that. National party delegates like to save that for the enemy.


Sadly the tragedy afflicting the Guy family has meant Nikki Guy has decided not to proceed with the nomination. This blog has only heard exceptionally good things about Nikki and fortunately she is young enough to be an MP for National at some stage in the future.

This leaves Manawatu Mayor Ian McKelvie as the front runner, and like Nikki only good things have come through the tip line. Ian would bring a sensible rural voice to a caucus that is becoming increasingly dislocated from the rural economy.

Wellington Central

Paul Foster-Bell is the presumptive candidate after the first meet the candidates meeting, but is unlikely to be a threat to the incumbent Labour MP, Grant Robertson.


Few candidates are putting their name forward for a really tough red seat.

Dunedin South

Another tough red seat where the likely and highly regarded candidate has left for Australia.