Three more MPs

January 15th, 2009 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

And another three MPs profiled in the Herald- , and .

Grant Robertson

Mr Robertson cited the proposition put forward in 1939 by Education Minister Peter Fraser and leading educationalist Clarence Beeby that every citizen, whether rich and poor, town or country, had a right to a free education of the kind best fitted to them.

He said he had come to Parliament to develop this vision for the 21st century.

No surprise Grant is a former student associaton president.

He said being gay was a part of who he was, as was being a fan of the Ranfurly Shield – currently held by the Wellington Lions. His sexuality had defined his politics “only inasmuch as it has given me an insight into how people can be marginalised and how much I abhor that”.

Mr Robertson, 36, said he and his partner of 10 years, Alf Kaiwai, “were living proof it pays not to stereotype”.

“We met playing rugby. I was the number eight and he was the halfback – a great combination.”

This month the pair swapped vows and rings in a civil union ceremony at Old St Paul’s in Wellington.

And congrats on the wedding civil union.

Aaron Gilmore

Aged 35. Came in as number 56, the last on National’s list. Is the luckiest new member having got in by less than 40 party votes from throughout the whole country.

It does not get much closer than that with over 2 million votes cast.

Named after “the great Elvis Aaron Presley”. Is an amalgam of “Irish, Scottish, Danish and a little bit Maori but I am 100 per cent Kiwi”. Admits to having done well enough to be known by some as a “rich prick”. Contracted a rare eye condition when he was 25 and told he would never see again, but thanks to modern technology he can.

“About 25 years ago I sat in the living room of our family state house in Corhampton St, Aranui. It was early August and freezing cold as that night we didn’t have enough money to put into the meter for electricity. We had some light from large candles on the table and my grandmother and I were having Weetbix for dinner. The next morning we couldn’t afford breakfast and I went hungry till a teacher bought me lunch.”

Another state house kid who has done well. How dare National keep attracting such people!

Carmel Seploni

Former equity manager, research project manager in Pacific health and student mentor adviser at University of Auckland. A trained teacher, who worked at the Robert Louis Stevenson School in Samoa. First MP of Tongan descent.

Born and raised in Waitara. Father was a Samoan-Tongan-migrant who worked at the freezing works and was a staunch unionist and Labour man. Mother’s parents were Pakeha sheep farmers from Stratford and “resolute Tories”. Is the mother of a young son.

I don’t know Carmel, but she is well regarded within Labour I understand, and like Grant is likely to be a Minister the next time Labour get into Government.

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14 Responses to “Three more MPs”

  1. Brian Smaller (4,024 comments) says:

    “We met playing rugby. I was the number eight and he was the halfback – a great combination.”

    I guess Murray Mexted was right after all when he said that there is nothing a loose forward likes more than going down on an inside back.

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  2. getstaffed (9,186 comments) says:

    that every citizen, whether rich and poor, town or country, had a right to a free education of the kind best fitted to them

    Perhaps… but nothing is free, and I resent paying for Hip Hop training, twilight golf and NCEA-accredited gift wrapping skills courses when other kiwis select what is ‘best fitted to them’

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  3. CraigM (694 comments) says:

    Brian – LMFAO

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  4. Brian Smaller (4,024 comments) says:

    I think I got that quote wrong but not the jist of it. Somone will correct me I am sure.

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  5. CraigM (694 comments) says:

    “……..and like Grant is likely to be a Minister the next time Labour get into Government.”

    Lovely people I’m sure, but hopefully they won’t be ministers within the next decade or two.

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  6. mike12 (183 comments) says:

    “We met playing rugby. I was the number eight and he was the halfback – a great combination.”

    So in other words Alf was in the best possible position to know was he was getting himself into….

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  7. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “Mr Robertson cited the proposition put forward in 1939 by Education Minister Peter Fraser and leading educationalist Clarence Beeby that every citizen, whether rich and poor, town or country, had a right to a free education of the kind best fitted to them.”

    When will damn communists like Robertson grow up, and understand that “free” in this context, means an education paid for with other people’s money. How about this Mr. Robertson. You pay for your child’s education and I’ll pay for mine, and if there are disadvantaged children out there, they are educated by means of charitable donations and scholarships.

    The government controlled education you advocate has brought us nothing but shambling half educated gape jawed knuckle draggers informed on nothing other than the mythical benefits of collectivism. I do not understand how any truly educated and intelligent person could ever cheer for such a farcical and socially destructive entity as government controlled schools dispensing “free” education.

    BTW, the concept worked fine until perverted by power hungry socialists. As usual, their obsessive political ambition has diverted from the original objective [education] and poisoned the well with indoctrination. (Just read The New Totalitarians: by Roland Huntford.)

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  8. grumpyoldhori (2,362 comments) says:

    Well I knew backs were gay, and I have always had my doubts about loose forwards, just the term gives them away..
    Unlike we manly front row types were one does not meet too many gays :-)

    Free education, bollocks, it should be that ALL eighteen year olds get the same amount of dosh if it is being thrown around.
    Amusing how many uni types believe they are special and should be funded in full to study any rubbish degree.

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  9. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    I think I got that quote wrong but not the jist of it. Somone will correct me I am sure.

    I’m sure if you look hard enough you’ll find that someone has compiled a list of murray mexted quotes somewhere…

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  10. John Ansell (874 comments) says:

    “Mr Robertson cited the proposition put forward in 1939 by Education Minister Peter Fraser and leading educationalist Clarence Beeby that every citizen, whether rich and poor, town or country, had a right to a free education OF THE KIND THAT BEST FITTED THEM.”

    So Labour once advocated school choice. How interesting.

    I knew Mickey Savage’s views on welfare roughly equated with ACT’s welfare policy (that welfare should be a safety net or trampoline, rather than a hammock).

    But I had no idea his successor was such a fan of ACT’s education policy.

    What happened? The PPTA, I expect.

    We’re having a bit of a discussion about this at http://www.johnansellwordpress.com.

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  11. baxter (893 comments) says:

    REDBAITER sums it up pretty well.

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  12. James (1,338 comments) says:

    Unlike we manly front row types were one does not meet too many gays ”

    Yeah right! Thrusting yourself foward to pash the opposite hooker propped up by two dodgy mates….its a homo fantasy writ large

    Rugby…..a game invented to keep gay men amused when not in the bedroom…..

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  13. Brian Smaller (4,024 comments) says:

    Unlike we manly front row types were one does not meet too many gays

    I guess Mex knew more players than we front rowers did Hori.
    “”There’s nothing that a tight forward likes more than a loosie right up his backside”

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  14. Monty (980 comments) says:

    Grant will be waiting a long time to become a Minister. Good.

    I like the way people who drag themselves up by their bootlaces become successful (in fact I love it). Even better when they come over to the dark side and become National Party MPs. How the filthy socialists must hate that.

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