Kate Sutton

October 23rd, 2008 at 8:54 am by David Farrar

The Herald has a nice interview with candidate (and party vice-president) . Kate talks about her current job:

So here she is in Landco’s 28th floor suite, hired for her command of public policy issues, Auckland growth problems, local government and potential public-private partnerships.

Besides Stonefields, the company is doing a development at Long Bay on North Shore and Ngunguru in Northland where she is negotiating a land swap with the Department of Conservation.

“Developers can be seen as bad guys,” she says, “but there are some developers out there who are working for the good of communities.”

It is her job to help convince communities of this.

“But I have to believe it. It is not a spin job – I couldn’t do that.”

Not too many Labour candidates would work for property developers! Labour will be stronger if more of their candidates have worked in the private sector – at least for a while. I’ve worked for Government, in private sector, for a charity and for myself and you learn and need very different skills in each situation.

TVNZ7 has an debate on tonight – Kate is the only non MP, appearing with Rodney Hide, Richard Worth and Keith Locke.

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15 Responses to “Kate Sutton”

  1. pushmepullu (686 comments) says:

    DPF what you see as encouraging to me is really scary.

    “Some developers are working for the good of communities?” Try ALL developers are working for the good of communities, because without developers, there IS no community. Typical success-hating lefty rubbish.

    And I notice that even when she is working for the private sector she is doing so in these ridiculous ‘public-sector-liason’ roles which basically involve advising her bosses on how to grovel effectively to the merciless regulators in the hope that only 90% of their company’s growth potential will be choked out of it, rather than 100% of it.

    Thank christ there are none of these public sector time-wasters in the National party – the true party of Kiwi enterprise and ingenuity.

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  2. NeillR (345 comments) says:

    Not too many Labour candidates would work for property developers!
    Maybe she’s pushing for a job handling Helen’s “investments”?

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  3. Buggerlugs (1,609 comments) says:

    “Some developers are working for the good of communities?” The people fighting for Ngunguru might disagree. Landco took a bath in November last year, and it’s going to take a bath over that too. I’m certainly not anti-development, but in that case they’re on a loser.

    Clearly she was given the job because Landco thought having someone right up the Government’s capacious arse might assist their, ahem, RMA issues.

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  4. BlairM (2,265 comments) says:

    “It’s a matter of getting up in the morning with that fire that says every New Zealander should have the privileges I’ve had.”

    Brilliant choice of words. The Labour Party is about privilege. They want every New Zealander to maintain those privileges, but not to benefit from them.

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  5. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    If you’re negotiating with Communists, its handy to have at least one Communist on your payroll.

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  6. Lance (2,309 comments) says:

    This reminds me of all those letters to the editor babbling on about us workers together, the evils of capitalism blaa blaa and when one looks at the address it’s usually Herne Bay or Remuera.

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  7. mavxp (490 comments) says:

    “I’d been at the trust three years and I was thinking, you know, typical Generation Y, what’s next?”

    Translation: “My crappy POLS degree and Auckland Uni Pres. job experience really didn’t set me up for a job that will actually help me pay the bills, and this trust stuff may look good for a political career, but damn I need cash and the wages in this country are shit and all my friends are leaving for Oz and the UK. I need to work for someone who will pay me something decent… otherwise I’m outta here.”

    Her talking point being the universal student allowance, which she thinks is great b/c:

    “I believe it’s about those who are in need and them having access to university first. It’s about saying education is a public good.”

    Her heads in the wrong place. Its *quality* before *quantity* always. I’ll take one engineer who can design a safe bridge over 10 who cant. I’ll take one doctor who can diagnose my illness over 10 who cant… I’ll take one research scientist who makes a breakthrough in technology that will take this country forward over 10 who cant… you get the picture.

    A few more years in private practice, going through the ups and downs of the property development cycle, worn out by bullshit petty bureaucracy that makes it hard for her employer to make ends meet and she will be one of us.
    Everyone must do her a favour and not vote Labour, to keep this poor misguided soul and others like her from entering politics on the wrong side. More time in the real world is whats needed to wake her up.

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  8. Buggerlugs (1,609 comments) says:

    RB – I thought they were National Socialists?

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  9. DamnedAngry (242 comments) says:

    DPF, hope you don’t swing both ways mate?

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  10. David Farrar (1,808 comments) says:

    National and ACT?

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  11. Scribe (84 comments) says:

    Am I the only who finds it strange to profile someone — in no fewer than 1093 words — who isn’t even going to be in Parliament in three weeks?

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  12. Buggerlugs (1,609 comments) says:

    I dunno Scribe…once the Todd family see she’s no longer worthwhile, she might get a job as the Labour Party’s only support person for their 3 MPs…

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  13. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,786 comments) says:

    I thought the waste of space that is Kate Sutton had little chance of making it into parliament. Funny thing is that with a change of government her job at Landco isn’t looking that secure. A just reward for supporting a party that completely stuffed the New Zealand economy.

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  14. clintheine (1,560 comments) says:

    I don’t think any employer would employ Kate if they knew her past involvement in AUSA politics and her other troublemaking….

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  15. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    David Farrar (1007) Vote: 2 0 Says:
    October 23rd, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    National and ACT?

    Hey David, don’t talk dirty like that, you know it attracts Rob Salmond.

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