Brewer v Armstrong

July 15th, 2010 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The headline in the Herald is:

Brewer’s stance dubbed ‘betrayal’

No, this is not a fall out between brewing companies, but in Auckland politics.

Newmarket Business Association chief executive and National Party member is taking on the Citizens & Ratepayers establishment for the Orakei seat at the Super City elections.

Mr Brewer confirmed yesterday that he was stepping down as the self-styled Mayor of Newmarket to stand as an independent candidate for the single-member Orakei ward against ’s Doug Armstrong.

A split between centre-right candidates could result in the seat going to Labour/City Vision. If that happens, those responsible won’t be popular. On the other hand, it is such a blue area, that even with a split, the prospect isn’t highly likely.

“This is a decapitation strike,” a senior C&R member said of the decision by Mr Brewer to challenge the right-leaning ticket.

“He is making enemies out of some of his closest friends. I’m pretty angry. John Slater feels betrayed,” the member said.

Mr Slater, C&R president, Newmarket Business Association chairman and former National Party president, said approaches were made to Mr Brewer last year about standing as a C&R candidate but he indicated he was past politics.

Mr Slater did not think Mr Brewer would win Orakei against Mr Armstrong, whom he credited with doing a “stirling job as chairman of the finance committee”.

From Fiji, where he is holidaying, the 67-year-old Mr Armstrong said Mr Brewer lived 17km away in Pt Chevalier and was “not one of us”.

“He is a worthy opponent, but a relative novice. I stand on my record on rates and delivering amenities, such as resanding of Kohimarama beach,” Mr Armstrong said.

Mr Brewer, a former press secretary to Auckland City Mayor John Banks and National Party Prime Minister Dame Jenny Shipley, said he respected Mr Armstrong but the public were calling for new faces to bring a fresh and energetic approach to local body politics for the next six, nine or 12 years.

“I’m that person,” Mr Brewer said.

Time will tell. It will be one of many interesting races to follow.

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24 Responses to “Brewer v Armstrong”

  1. george (388 comments) says:

    “A split between centre-right candidates could result in the seat going to Labour/City Vision.”

    No it couldn’t. Labour/City Vision don’t even run candidates in this part of Auckland, it is so strongly blue. It is a two-horse race between the 37 year old CEO of the Newmarket Business Association and the 77 year old former principal of Carrington Polytechnic.

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  2. anonymouse (716 comments) says:

    Which one is Crusty and which one is Rusty- sorry couldn’t resist

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  3. indie (17 comments) says:

    I think the very act of standing against the C&R crony machine shows that Brewer is the sort of thing Auckland needs. Rather than standing where C&R want him to go and enjoying the benefits of their support he’s actually going to get out there and put in some hard yards himself – shock horror – could Auckland get a councillor who actually is prepared to work for something rather than sit lamely, collect the coin and take holidays in Fiji?? Bit of a shame he’s not standing for Mayor.

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  4. Viking2 (11,471 comments) says:

    From Fiji,

    Ahhhhhm are we not being advised by the National Govt. not to go there?????

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  5. Radman (143 comments) says:

    How dare anyone challenge the establishment!

    Off with your head.

    This is the best news the centre right in Auckland has had in years. New Council; new people; new vision. Time for the old farts from crusty and rusty to move on and take their peculiar brand of tribal, nasty & unbecoming politics with them.

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  6. American Gardener (556 comments) says:

    If this was a race judged by a man’s respect for family values there would be only one possible winner.

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  7. big bruv (13,904 comments) says:

    “the 67-year-old Mr Armstrong said Mr Brewer lived 17km away in Pt Chevalier and was “not one of us”.

    The ‘not one of us’ comment would be enough to see me cast my vote for Brewer.

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  8. Johnboy (16,597 comments) says:

    “not one of us”.

    Ha ha ha. I never realized till now that Jafa’s were just as parochial as Stewart Islander’s.

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  9. Inventory2 (10,342 comments) says:

    Quite right big bruv. It sounds like the “us” who inhabit Orakei need a bomb like Brewer underneath them.

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  10. si_rangi (60 comments) says:

    One of us??? The Cameron Brewer I know is of good old-fashioned Taranaki stock, probably just what the good folk of Orakei need anyway. I hope he shakes them up.

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  11. bearhunter (853 comments) says:

    “not one of us”

    Is there a more odious phrase in the language? All the more reprehensible given he is talking about elections to a council that is supposed to represent everyone.

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  12. BlairM (2,339 comments) says:

    I am staggered at the lack of quality C&R candidates. All has-beens, never-wases, seat-warmers…. and I can’t believe anyone seriously thinks Miss Toffee Nose Fletcher has anything to contribute now, when she didn’t as Mayor last time.

    Now that is not to say those people aren’t electable, and I think if they simply do a job of keeping evil leftists off, it will be a good thing. But good for Brewer for standing up to the bullshit. He is disadvantaged by not living in the Ward, but I am glad he has shaken things up a bit.

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  13. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    Might be worthwhile for us evil leftists to put someone up in Orakei after all. Thanks, Cameron.

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  14. Gooner (995 comments) says:

    You keep thinking you can win Epsom on that basis also Toad. The major deficiency in the plan is that the evil leftists forget how intelligent centre-right voters are in that area.

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  15. Alfred (52 comments) says:

    The tag ‘crusty and rusty’ is now entrenched into the perception of C&R. That’s a shame as there are some good people standing. However, Armstrong’s comments “not one of us” is typical of the C&R attitude to anyone they can’t control.

    Good on Cameron Brewer for having a run at Orakei. He has significant name recognition in the Ward and has done a lot for Newmarket – alongside his team. Newmarket is now a model for other local business associations. He’s got my vote

    Pity C&R don’t know how to be inclusive and welcoming to others. Sad really…

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  16. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    I’ve never thought a left wing party could win Epsom, and I’ve never heard anyone in the Greens or Labour say they could. But local elections are very different from Parliamentary elections. If the right vote is split between Brewer and Armstrong, and the left select a candidate with appeal to the demographic of the Orakei ward, that candidate could sneak through the middle.

    If that happens, you can blame Rodney Hide for insisting that the Auckland Councuil elections be run under the undemocratic FPP system. Under STV, no “evil leftist” could ever win in Orakei.

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  17. shoreboy57 (140 comments) says:

    C&R, Slater the elder, Slater the younger, Armstrong et al need to get their heads around the idea That Aucklanders are fed up with the incompetence of local body politicians (from both sides) and are looking for fresh ideas, from people who can make a difference

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  18. bchapman (649 comments) says:

    Doug Armstrong mentions extra sand for Kohi beach. Cameron has been trying develop the Newmarket town centre. Says it all really.

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  19. Chris Diack (741 comments) says:

    “If that happens, you can blame Rodney Hide for insisting that the Auckland Councuil elections be run under the undemocratic FPP system. Under STV, no “evil leftist” could ever win in Orakei.”

    More wrong information from the Greens. I suggest Toad actually read the papers on the DIA website regarding electoral systems for the new Auckland Council.

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  20. lastmanstanding (1,297 comments) says:

    shoreboy is on to it. IMHO we jaffas are sick to death with the low standard of local body pollies who have dished themselves up for election.

    They lack any understanding of good governance for a start let alone have a vision and the ability to get things done. They are a bunch of ego driven fools who only care for the trappings of power.

    Time for a fresh bunch of citizens with the will capacity and capability to lead the City.

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  21. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    I don’t know Doug Armstrong but after that comment I shall forever have a mental image of him as having a waxed RAF moustache, a monocole, a top hat (yes even on the beach in Fiji) holding a G&T. Oh, and a big cigar.

    Only in Auckland could they make local body politics – which lacks all personality – a contest of personalities :-D

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  22. Bed Rater (239 comments) says:

    That makes two Camerons that John Slater is (probably) bitterly disappointed with..

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  23. ummmm (61 comments) says:

    If Christine Fletcher is the solution, what the hell was the problem?

    Oh that’s right, John Slater.

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  24. Clint Heine (1,571 comments) says:

    As a non Aucklander I don’t give two figs about the politics that go on in that city. However I am sure I’m not alone in wondering that the right could do a lot better than to have all these National Party relics and has-beens running the city. What happened to all the young, right wing Aucklanders who don’t have that National Party smear on their CVs?

    Either way, I guess having them would be better than the god-awful calibre of candidates the left have put up or are considering. Better the devil you know in this case.

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