Young Labour Executive

April 20th, 2007 at 9:50 pm by David Farrar

Young have put out a release on their AGM and Executive elections. They had a creditable 70 attendees, as being their largest turn out. It would have been even larger if they hadn’t evicted one young activist just because he was wearing a Ronald Reagan t-shirt!

They have also planted some trees to offset their carbon usage of 3.3 tonnes. That’s 0.000000014% of the problem solved.

Oh and even worse luck, the trees won’t help much in the long term, as Wikipedia says: “Significant concern arises from the fact that carbon sequestered in the newly planted trees will be again released as CO2 when the tree dies and decays, thus merely postponing the negative impact of the man-made increase in CO2″

So Young Labour are permanently responsible for their 0.000000014% of global carbon emissions. Future generations of Young Labourites will have to keep replanting the trees when they die.

Listed below are those who got elected onto the Young Labour Executive. One can only call it inclusive with 23 people on it – that makes it even larger than Cabinet! But it is genuinely great to see so many people wanting to be involved.

Many years ago we would have Young Labour vs Young Nats debates on campuses. They were great fun.

Anyway names and some links below. Hopefully Trevor Loudon has already started profiles on some of them. :-)

President Meg Bates
Vice President Sonny Thomas

Maori Vice President Kapu Waretini
Secretary David Do
International Secretary Eric Goddard
Treasurer Glenn Riddell
New Zealand Council Tony Milne
Policy Council Rep James Kennelly
Communications Peter Wilson
Rangatahi Recruitment Kieran Brown
Maori Liaison Amelia Dalley
Pacific Island Rep Leah Rees
Women’s Rep Sophia Blair
Rainbow Rep Jordan King
Affiliates Rep Jeremy Greenbrook-Held
Auckland/Northland Rep Rochelle Rees
Auckland/Northland Rep Stephen Cooper
Waikato Georgia Farrell-Summers
Central North Island Julia Haydon Carr
Wellington Rep Rita Lowe
Northern South Island Holly Griffin
Southern South Island Ashley Murchison
Immediate Past President James Coyle

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37 Responses to “Young Labour Executive”

  1. John Dalley () says:

    David you might want to define the carbon imprint of kiwiblog. It’s got to be fairly high with the amount of blow hard emissions that eminate from some on this site.

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  2. Mr I.P .Freely () says:

    WOW its true, crap rises to the surface.There will be a big carbon footprint when this lot decays.

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  3. APL () says:

    Why have a ‘rainbow rep’?

    Or is he just the mincemeat for some of the older queers in labour ?

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  4. Mr and Mrs F. () says:

    It may have been one of, if not the biggest YL Conference ever, however I am sure it was also one of the most controversial, with people being told they were not members one minute and were another minute, certain people banned from the proceedings, people kicked out of th dinner that night which was at a public meeting, not to mention the fact that some people dared to challenge who was wanted for the positions.

    For these reasons mediation is having to take place, some people are not having anything to do with Young Labour and some are even questioning if they will remain in the Party. So much for democracy within the Labour Party.

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  5. Zutroy () says:

    They evicted someone because of the shirt they were wearing?

    Were they meeting at the Northern Club? Or is Labour’s commitment to free speech only extended to the people they agree with?

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  6. Murray () says:

    How inspiring and how worthy a Clark legacy.

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  7. Murray () says:

    Shouldn’t you have been in bed at that time.

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  8. James Sleep () says:

    When you were 15 I don’t think you went to bed at 1:30 in the afternoon did you?

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  9. baxter () says:

    Well how brown are the Maori, Pacific Island, and Rangitahi reps they all seem to have distinctly Irish, Welsh , and English names, still no would be sheiks as far as one can tell, but who knows next year.Kia Ora

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  10. selma bouvier () says:

    Lets not forget National Government signed the Kyoto Protocol in 1998.
    But thats another one of their ‘we were for it and now we are against it ( but thinking of going for it)’

    And look at this from their Blue Greens website

    “The weekend of October 6-8, 2006, saw the launch of the National Party discussion paper on environment policy, a key topic of discussion at the Forum on October 7-8. The Forum was hosted at the Out of Styx Cafe in the magnificent Maungatautari Ecological Reserve, 40 minutes drive from Hamilton.”

    40 min DRIVE from Hamilton.. Didnt say if any trees were planted on the way.

    So while YL is actively ‘carbon neutral’ National and its minor brand Blue Green has its foot on the gas pedal.

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  11. Aucklander At Large () says:

    OH MY GOD – DPF, seriously, get a life! You were at your computer at 9:50pm on a Friday night looking for dirt on the Young Labour executive? Mate, with all due respect, that’s really sad.

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  12. David Farrar () says:

    Heh my Friday night plans cancelled on me so yes it was a sad night. But that is not my usual Friday night. And it wasn’t dirt – some of the links put people in a very good light.

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  13. Redbaiter Fan () says:

    some of the links put people in a very good light

    Redbaiter would beg to disagree?

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  14. Murray () says:

    Nap time. I assumed from your writing you were actually 4.

    It would explain why you’re so cranky though.

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  15. Xavier () says:

    They all seem like a lovely bunch of people :)

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  16. Redbaiter () says:

    The guy wearing the Reagan T shirt was expelled, but I’ll bet those wearing shirts advocating for the evil totalitarian Castro and his mass murdering buddy Che were welcomed as comrades. Says it all about the left really, doesn’t it.

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  17. David Farrar () says:

    Xavier: I met around 20 or so of the attendees and they all seemed like good sorts. Even some Southpark fans amongst them.

    And I think I have met 9 of the 23 Exec members which isn’t a bad rate.

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  18. side show bob () says:

    How many kegs did they put on, was happy hour longer then an hour?. How do you get so many young people in one place that have no idea that what they beleive in is a lie?. Will someone not tell them the world does not work the way they wish, never has never will unless you are true socialist, then it is up to who has the biggest stick. Thank God this government are full of morons, they tell all that will listen of equality and a level plan feild but wish to set rules for some and rules for others.

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  19. Clint Heine () says:

    It smacks of desperation to get some people elected, their “Rainbow” rep was a just over a month or 2 ago a member of ACT and a libertarian.

    I also find it hypocritical that many of them would be happy to wear Mao, Castro and Che T shirts. Not one blogger has ever explained it and I doubt any will!

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  20. James () says:

    Hey….looking at some of those names I wondering how many may have me as their Dad and don’t know it. back in the day when I haunted Labour events and voted accordingly there was plenty of slap and tickle on offer from the lefty lasses…

    ;-)

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  21. MikeE () says:

    Good to see that our ACT mole got voted as teh Rainbow rep…

    slowly taking them over fromt he inside..

    muhahahahahah

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  22. Sophia () says:

    Clint, I find it mildly amusing that you seem to think you know so much about members of Young Labour.

    I’m going to make an assumption and assume that you know hardly know any of us that got elected, so it seems so strange that you continue to assume you know so much about what we like to wear?

    For the record, no one wore a Che, Mao or Castro shirt at the conference, and I don’t think I’ve heard anyone from YL (or any Labour blogger) express intense admiration for these above leaders.

    Maybe if you actually met some of us instead of making rash generalisations, you might change your mind.

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  23. Redbaiter () says:

    “For the record, no one wore a Che, Mao or Castro shirt at the conference, and I don’t think I’ve heard anyone from YL (or any Labour blogger) express intense admiration for these above leaders.”

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0201/S00099.htm

    The left are propagandists. Nothing they say ever has an ounce of truth to it. For decades, the totalitarian dictator Castro and the mass murdering psychopath Guevara have been their poster boys. Sofia’s words are platitudinous crap.

    “Maybe if you actually met some of us instead of making rash generalisations, you might change your mind.”

    Why the hell would I want to meet such odious people? Mr. Farrar may find you “quite good sorts”, however I’m not Mr. Farrar, (I’m a right winger that deeply regrets the current ascendancy of socialism in NZ) and I feel that anybody who promotes the political system that today’s Labour Party does, and holds Castro and Guevara to be heroes, and wants to steal the money I earn to look after my family, and give that money to losers to induce those losers to vote for them, is someone who is pathologically immoral and is therefore a person I’d want to stay as far away from as possible.

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  24. Kapu Waretini () says:

    Tena Koe James Sleep

    I patai mai koe James, he paraone ratou? Me ki atu au ki a koe tenei. Ae. I roto i aku karu, e kite ai ana au i nga tangata i tera wiki whakamutunga, he tino paraone tatou. He ahai? Ahakoa te inarangi o etahi ingoa ki runga ra, he paraone te ingoa i roto i nga ngakau o era tangata.

    Ki a koe James Sleep, pehea ana te kara o to ngakau?

    Kia Ora

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  25. David Farrar () says:

    Kapu – would you mind including an English translation of what you wrote? For legal reasons, if no other, I need to be able to know what has been posted on my blog.

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  26. Redbaiter () says:

    Now now, lets have no cultural insensitivity here.. What you need to do Mr. Farrar is first of all split the blog into two sections, one that is appropriately sensitive of Maori culture, and another section for the rest of New Zealand.

    Then you must make an application to the DORB (Dept of Racist Bullshit) for a grant that will allow you to employ a team of translators to interpret such messages and post the translations here for those who might wish to read them. (and don’t forget the new Landcruisers)

    Then of course, you’ll also need to apply to the DORB again for a grant (say $40 million) to insitute a training course (on CD perhaps) to distribute to all those with the appropriate (don’t you just love that word “appropriate”) cultural background interested in training to be blog translators. (and don’t forget the free cellphones.)

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  27. Sophia () says:

    Oh get a grip redbaiter. Richard Nixon met Mao Zezong too. Does that mean he agreed with his policies too? Nice try.

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  28. Rachel Boyack () says:

    Kapu matey, I think you got James Sleep confused with Baxter (you have to look underneath the comments for the name of the writer).

    But you still got your point across ;-)

    Mr and Mrs F: on the contrary, it was great to see so many contested elections – shows that Young Labour is healthy and full of talent. 4 hours being Returning Officer wasn’t so fun though…..

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  29. Kapu Waretini () says:

    Tena Koutou

    James, aroha mai. Kahore e pirangi au ki te whiu era whakautu, korua ko tera patai ki a koe. Ko era mea mo Baxter, ehara ko koe. No reira e hoa, aroha mai.

    Redbaiter – Aue taukuri e. Te nuinga o nga pouri kei roto i a koe.

    David – He mihi tenei ki a koe mo ou mahi i konei. Kia Ora. E pirangi ana a Baxter, ki te whakamohio i te kara o au, korua ko au hoa rangatira. A, i whiu au ki ia, tetahi whakautu. Kei ia ia te taima ki te whiu mai ona whakaaro.

    Pomarie

    James, sorry. The answer and question above were not meant for you. Instead for Baxter. Sorry mate.

    Redbaiter – Oh dear.

    David – I acknowledge this place and the work you have done to create such a space. Kia ora. Baxter asked how ‘brown’I and my counter parts are. I provided him with a reply and so leave it to his good conscious to make up his mind.

    Good night.

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  30. Redbaiter () says:

    “Richard Nixon met Mao Zezong too.”

    Come off it Sophia. What’s with trying to compare a meeting of major importance on the global political scene to some back country far left lawyer needing to kiss the arse of a small time communist totalitarian dictator??

    Hi Kapu, I’m Redbaiter, and in the NZ blogosphere, I walk point for the so called right. I regard Socialism as an evil and my long term objective is its total marginalization as a political force. Don’t feel too bad about being struck completely dumb. I find its a common reaction among doctrinal collectivists when they’re challenged on their religious beliefs.

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  31. Akl Brat Pack () says:

    Interesting comments Rachel, especially as you had Anna in tears when comments you made about her to me got relayed to her.

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  32. Ian Goldsmith () says:

    I think that it’s very good that people plant trees. If you were to be supportive of that notion then that would be good. My feeling is that examples are important as are focus. Good on those who prioritise tree planting. If in fact we all were to achieve that, it would help considerably. Having a focus on trees is something that politicians ought to consider and if you were to endorse such activities from wherever they emerge, then that would something to speak of.

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