McCarten for Mana

October 27th, 2010 at 12:53 pm by David Farrar

So is standing as a backed Indpendent for . What does this mean for the by-election?

The only certainty is that it means it will be a lot more interesting and even exciting, and will have more media coverage of it. Beyond that, it depends on a few things.

Most would conclude it is a slap in the face for Phil Goff and Kriss Faafoi. Rather ironic to have the candidate who won thanks to the union block votes, to now face a candidate from another union.

Does it mean could lose the seat? To be honest, at this stage no one knows. It is safe to say that Matt is unlikely to pick up many votes from Hekia, so that helps National and Hekia.

What we don’t know is whether he will get 500 votes or 5,000 votes. That may depend on what issues he campaigns on.

It is even possible this could help Faafoi and Labour. A battle on the left could get more left wing voters voting. And if Labour are tactically cunning, they could try and position themselves as the moderate party between National and McCarten.

So this announcement is a slap in the face for Labour, and no one in Labour will be happy with McCarten’s candidacy. But that does not mean this has suddenly become a three-horse race, or that it is suddenly a marginal seat. Mana is very tribal Labour and UNITE has fewer activists on the ground here than in Auckland.

As I said, the only guarantee is things will now be more exciting. I wasn’t planning to attend any of the Meet The Candidates meetings, but now I might just go along to see what stunts Matt gets up to with chicken suits and the like.

UPDATE: The Electoral Commission has announced eight candidates for Mana. They are:

Kelly Buchanan Alliance
Julian Crawford Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party
Colin Du Plessis Act
Labour Party
Sean Fitzpatrick Libertarianz
Jan Logie Green Party
Matt McCarten Independent
Hekia Parata National Party

Nice name for the Libertarianz candidate!

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22 Responses to “McCarten for Mana”

  1. GJ (329 comments) says:

    I also would love to know his motive!

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  2. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    [Reposted from GD as it really belongs here]

    McCarten standing in Mana. Hell…This can only be a protest at Labour’s parachuting in of Kris Faa’foi surely?

    McCarten will only serve to split the left vote, although, admittedly, Labour did have a large majority over National in the electorate vote. (I put that in terms of parties and not candidates because that is the way that electorate is – voting party not person – particularly around Titahi Bay, Elsdon and all the way through Porirua East.)

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  3. Inventory2 (10,185 comments) says:

    What, if any, connection is there between McCarten and the Pagani tribe? Is this payback for Fa’afoi’s selection by the Goffice?

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  4. poneke (280 comments) says:

    I was under the impression Matt had announced he had terminal cancer.

    [DPF: I saw Matt a few evenings ago and he looked in fairly good form. Not my job to give medical details but from what I gathered it is responding fairly well to treatment - but that does not mean it will go away entirely. I know some people who have lived for close to a decade after being given a year to live]

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  5. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    I was under the impression Matt had announced he had terminal cancer.

    All i’ve seen is he’s ‘fighting’ it, but no mention of being terminal…

    “It’s been a nuisance,”
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4276940/McCarten-to-run-in-Mana-by-election

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  6. Mighty Moose (6 comments) says:

    The big question is whether it’s a slap in the face for anybody.

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  7. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,834 comments) says:

    stephen, his recent column certainly left one in no doubt the condition was thought to be terminal.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/employment/news/article.cfm?c_id=11&objectid=10672710

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  8. TripeWryter (715 comments) says:

    Why would anyone vote for Matt McCarten. The man’s dying.

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  9. BlairM (2,307 comments) says:

    What’s his slogan going to be? “You may as well, I’m going to be dead soon anyway”?

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  10. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Thanks Adolf. Certainly talk of a headstone would do that. Perhaps my column by Andrea Vance doesn’t think it’s any longer noteworthy that it’s terminal?!

    Assuming it is terminal that surely means he just wants to shake things up a bit – see “‘That Labour party will have to work for their vote now.”

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  11. tvb (4,261 comments) says:

    McCarten will have to disclose his Health status which may be painful for him but he decided to enter this race so he now has to front his health problems. I will NOT accept the issue is irrelevant and could be glossed over.

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  12. La Grand Fromage (145 comments) says:

    If I was the creative director of Matt’s ad campaign I would get him to sing words put to the tune of My Sharona by the knack.
    He would be a natural at the chorus – Ma Ma Ma My Ma Mana.

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  13. Monty (966 comments) says:

    Thanks for the update – I am interested to see a loser for the Alliance participating – aren’t they dead and burried alongside Jimmy’s progressive Jim Anderton party?

    Good to see Maaaaaa ma ma ma matt there – anything to take away votes from the left and deminish opposition the Hekia.

    5 x leftie scum parties with 3 recognised candidates may assist Hekia – at least in reducing the Labour scum majority – I wonder what the spin at the Standard will be?

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  14. GPT1 (2,106 comments) says:

    Could this be the beginnings of a bitch fight on the Left? Would seem odd timing as Goff lurches further to the Left but who knows the workings of the far Left – maybe they think this is the time to get back in the limelight? An Alliance type resurgance could be a major issue for Labour. One of the things holding their core-vote around 30-33% seems to be the lack of alternatives for non-National voters – unlike in 2002 when National got butchered by the worm tamer, ACT and Winston.

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  15. PaulL (5,983 comments) says:

    I thought Unite were closely aligned with the Greens? Isn’t this more a slap in the face for the Green candidate than the Labour?

    I wondered whether it is the start of a new party if he could win – but I’d forgotten about his health problems – unlikely to be starting a new party if you have health issues?

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  16. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Good to see Maaaaaa ma ma ma matt there

    You actually seem like a reasonable sort of chap at Red Alert.

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  17. MikeNZ (3,234 comments) says:

    I hope he gets 50% of the lefts vote and the rest split between faafoi and the greens.

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  18. Rex Widerstrom (5,330 comments) says:

    That’s great news. Whether or not you support any left policies it’s inevitable that some people do, and those people deserve the best possible candidate – one who believes in those policies and is genuine when he espouses them; someone who’s spent his life working toward the implementation of those policies; someone who’s walked the walk, in other words.

    Whereas till now, their choice was a johnny-come-lately media luvvie who’d have stood for anyone who offered him a safe seat and whose beliefs extend just as far as his own self-advancement, parachuted in by his equally inept colleagues in the Leader’s office.

    I wish him and Hekia Parata all the best. But since Parata’s already in Parliament, I’ll have my fingers crossed for Matt, because we need hard work and principle from our MPs, not self aggrandisement, regardless of which side they’re on.

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  19. tonyjoe (1 comment) says:

    Vote for Sean Fitzpatrick – he won a world cup for God’s sake!

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  20. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Should be a neat by election, dirty tricks and back stabbing by the truck load. I’m picking Mana will be scorched earth by the time the left have finished campaigning.

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  21. Nicola Wood (57 comments) says:

    Is Colin du Plessis related to Heather DPA? If so I wonder if they’d let her report on it….

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  22. Lucia Maria (2,239 comments) says:

    If it weren’t for the fact that I read blogs, I wouldn’t even know there was going to be a by-election for Mana. Yes, there are hoardings up, but so far there’s been no formal notification that I’m aware of (like some sort of letter drop) that there will be a by-election and when it is.

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