Trevor complains Hekia not ditching parliamentary duties for campaigning

October 6th, 2010 at 4:55 pm by David Farrar

If we ever wanted a priceless example of how Labour regard taxpayers and Parliament, it is this blog post from Trevor Mallard:

She is a member of the Electoral Legislation Committee. It sat from 10am to 4pm today with a 45 minute lunch break.  Anyone who was outside Room 3 Parliament House would have seen her going into the room and coming out with other members of the committee.

Asked Nats why she wasn’t working on her campaign.

” No one would replace her.”

“Slack discipline.”

Don’t think they believe they have a chance – but they didn’t  need to throw in the towel so early.

So just think about this. Hekia is paid by the taxpayers to be a Member of Parliament. Her role as a by-election candidate is supplemental to that – ie to be done when not conflicting with parliamentary duties.

But Trevor wonderfully shows us what Labour thinks of that notion – scorn and derision.

Now everyone knows that is not marginal. For National to win would require two unique firsts – a Government to win a seat off the Opposition in a by-election and for to vote National. But having said that, Hekia is working very hard on the campaign. But unlike Trevor I don’t think that means she should never turn up to the House and not turn up to select committees.

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45 Responses to “Trevor complains Hekia not ditching parliamentary duties for campaigning”

  1. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    Who is this Trevor Mallard? What relevance does he have in today’s NZ?

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  2. MikeNZ (3,234 comments) says:

    This is Trevor Mallard the ex Labour Minister who lied and cheated the NZ Taxpayer of their freedom of expression during an election year.
    This is the same man who as part of collective responsibility passed schemes and programs as part of the other government of Helen Clark (another liar and cheat) that hadn’t been costed and lied to us all with the PREFU.
    No. Anything he says is rubbish and he is not fit for purpose least of all as an MP.

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  3. tankyman (116 comments) says:

    rightnow – he’s a has-been living off past memories.

    Sad little man really. Of little to no relevance. Moderates like a keyboard warrior but a gutless worm in real life.

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  4. Nick R (507 comments) says:

    But he has highlighted an important point – probably without meaning to. Voters in Mana get absolutely nothing out of voting for Hekia Parata. She is already in the House and will still be there regardless of how well or badly she polls come election day. The only difference will be that if she wins National will get a new list MP – whose name isn’t even on the Mana voters’ ballot paper.

    I reckon this is bad thinking all round by National, made worse by the fact they did the same thing in Mt Albert. It shows contempt for the voters of Mana and makes a joke out of the PM’s claims that they are going to fight a serious campaign. How serious can it be when your candidate has got absolutely nothing to win or lose? She could at least seek leave from the House to campaign – I think (someone will put me right if she can’t).

    I understand it is a safe Labour seat, etc, but you would think National could find a decent new face to put up a good fight, keep the Labour Party stooge honest, and (if they do well) earn the right to a more winnable seat, or list placing, next year.

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

    His point… which DPF seems to have missed either wilfully or in genuine confusion… isn’t that Parata ought to leave her seat on the Select Committee empty and skive off campaigning, but that National ought to have organised another MP to replace her on the Committee so she could go campaigning.

    If I were in her shoes I’d be asking that question. The party bosses want you to wave the flag in an unwinnable electorate, then they expect you to fit that in round your full time workload as an MP? I’d tell them where to go.

    Better that National had chosen a promising local unknown and used Mana to show them off to the public and give them some campaign experience. I doubt it’d be a big ask to score a few points off Fa’afoi, who’s proven he has no idea what to say during his career filling Goff’s mouth with inanities.

    Nick R – snap!

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  6. BeaB (2,123 comments) says:

    It’s sad to see Trevor sinking deeper into this kind of mean-minded futility when he seemed to have so much potential. But that was a long time ago. I guess it’s the fatal flaw of all professional politicians – they start to believe their own BS. These old Labour hacks need to move over and let some new blood in – just not a horde of union robots, please.

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  7. Doug (410 comments) says:

    Is this the same Trevor Mallard that stood in the dock with two burley Policemen standing either side of him?

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  8. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    “The party bosses want you to wave the flag in an unwinnable electorate, then they expect you to fit that in round your full time workload as an MP? I’d tell them where to go”

    Perhaps Rex, but don’t forget she’s not an MP for the organised crime party.

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  9. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    Voters in Mana get absolutely nothing out of voting for Hekia Parata. She is already in the House and will still be there regardless of how well or badly she polls come election day. The only difference will be that if she wins National will get a new list MP – whose name isn’t even on the Mana voters’ ballot paper.

    I reckon this is bad thinking all round by National, made worse by the fact they did the same thing in Mt Albert.

    They didn’t do quite the same thing in Mount Albert. Mount Albert was worse – the list member who ran wasn’t the candidate in 2008 and probably won’t be in 2011. Hekia Parata contested Mana for National in 2008, and will probably do so again in 2011. If she is to push for the best possible party vote for National, it’s important they don’t screw her (and Mana voters) around by changing what relationship there is, then changing it straight back next year.

    I would also note that if Hekia Parata wins it is not automatic that National gets a new list MP. For that to happen Hekia would have to resign as an MP before the official result was announced. She doesn’t have to resign, and could just switch to being an electorate MP, reducing the size of the House to 121 MPs (Labour being down one).

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  10. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    “reducing the size of the House to 121 MPs (Labour being down one).” that is a result to wish for!

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  11. RRM (9,917 comments) says:

    IMHO you are reading a lot of meaning into a very few vague words here…

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  12. jaba (2,141 comments) says:

    come on you lot. Trev used to be important, well a Labour Govt Minister, but now he hs got fuck all to do other than slouch in in seat in the debating chamber shouting out obsenities and writting on Redalert .. poor bugger

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  13. bobux (349 comments) says:

    Graeme

    Thanks for yet another informative comment.

    I appreciate you taking the time to do more than just spray insults at the opposing ‘tribe’.

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  14. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    I just wish DPF would stop linking to Red Abort.

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  15. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    tankyman

    rightnow – he’s a has-been living off past memories.

    That pretty much describes the majority of the Labour party.

    Trevor is special though. He found the EFA so confusing even after voting to pass it that he forgot to put his financial agents name and residential address on his ‘vote Labour’ van in an election year. Thankfully others also didn’t want to publish residential addresses with political views got it wrong so Trevor took the law is confusing stance having voted the bill into law only a few months earlier. We don’t need dim-bulbs like this in parliament.

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  16. Monty (977 comments) says:

    I think Hekia is working on the campaign trail very hard. On saturday afternoon I biked with family through QE2 park. In Raumati we stopped withthe kids and had fish and chips for lunch = while enjoying the weather hekia pulled up with her campaign team and it looked like they were well organised, and working hard. Trevor – we know you read this blog – in the past day or two you have made some nasty comments – don’t be such a prick – if opposition is getting to you (and it will for a long time yet) then maybe you should just quit and find a real job – oh thats right Labour MPs are unemployable in the real world.

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  17. Manolo (13,753 comments) says:

    Is the thug Mallard going through male menopause? His utterings contain more rubbish than usual.

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  18. jaba (2,141 comments) says:

    get those fish and chips down you Monty, who knows, they may be a banned food one day if Labour and the Greens ever get to form a Govt.

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  19. Trevor Mallard (248 comments) says:

    DPF – she asked – colleagues refused to help her out.

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  20. Craig Ranapia (1,915 comments) says:

    Trevor:

    Don’t you have any work to do?

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  21. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    IMHO you are reading a lot of meaning into a very few vague words here…

    IMHO there is nothing you wouldn’t excuse Labour for.

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  22. jaba (2,141 comments) says:

    jabba says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    October 6, 2010 at 6:12 pm
    will be “interesting” to see how many out of town Labour MP’s turn up campaigning at yet another safe seat as they did in Mt Albert. Mind you, not much else to do these days I guess.

    David .. can you please send my cheque for this post .. Clare said that those who oppose Labour posts are paid??

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  23. jaba (2,141 comments) says:

    come on Trevor .. she is in Govt as are her colleagues, busy cleaning up the mess you lot left. Chris what’s his name is a fly by nighter and you know it.

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

    Graeme Edgeler notes:

    Hekia Parata contested Mana for National in 2008, and will probably do so again in 2011. If she is to push for the best possible party vote for National, it’s important they don’t screw her (and Mana voters) around by changing what relationship there is, then changing it straight back next year.

    Ah, good point. In that case I withdraw the bit about it being a better idea to have picked an unknown. But I still think the Nats should rally round and pick up her MP workload if they expect her to take on extra duties during the Parliamentary term. With Gerry doubling for the Almighty, don’t the rest of them have time on their hands?!

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  25. jaba (2,141 comments) says:

    oh. and Trevor .. where did you get this little gem from .. “Slack discipline.” .. ffs man pot/kettle

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  26. Ross Miller (1,704 comments) says:

    News Alert … Trevor Mallard abandons his Parliamentary duties to campaign for the Labour Party candidate parachuted into Mana.

    Probably out there ‘enrolling’ new voters. Understand Labour in South Auckland has come up with some innovative ideas on this.

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  27. Blue Coast (165 comments) says:

    Why did the Duck avoid work yesterday afternoon by walking the streets of Titahi Bay with a clip board all alone looking all pissed off.

    Clearly the Hutt South Electorate had no burning issue to deal with.

    Duck your turn to comment.

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  28. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Trevor What A Twit

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  29. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    Go easy on the duck. Irrelevance derived from incompetence is a difficult burden to bear.

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  30. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    krazykiwi,

    Don’t forget ignorance. But then that also poses a question the great pholisophical minds.

    If ignornance is bliss, why doesn’t Mallard look happy?

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  31. Guy Fawkes (702 comments) says:

    Just why does Trevor Mallard keep on having a go?

    The credibility just isn’t there, and he is now a Yesterday Man.

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  32. rouppe (971 comments) says:

    Nick R

    Voters in Mana get absolutely nothing out of voting for Hekia Parata. She is already in the House and will still be there regardless of how well or badly she polls come election day. The only difference will be that if she wins National will get a new list MP – whose name isn’t even on the Mana voters’ ballot paper.

    Remember that Winnie Laban was an electoral MP, not a List MP, so if Hekia wins, she becomes an electorate MP and is no longer a list MP. The party vote from the previous election I think still stands. So in fact the seats in the house very likely would remain the same and in fact Labour would have to take the next person on the list.

    It’s can’t-lose for National whether they win the by-election or not. But the damage would be very bad for Labour if Hekia wins.

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  33. Trevor Mallard (248 comments) says:

    @ Rouppe – absolutely wrong – in the very unlikely event Hekia won the Nats would get another list MP and Labour would go down one in the House.

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  34. Trevor Mallard (248 comments) says:

    And yes I will do a couple of days in Mana this week. Enjoy doorknocking. Met NZ sec schools rugby captains Dad. Great guy. Four days, two (other) evenings in Hutt South and a day in Select Committee. No complaints about me being missing in action.

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  35. Trevor Mallard (248 comments) says:

    And DPF thanks for the idea of publishing Nikki’s contribution to Parliament and Select Committees.

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  36. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    Trevor

    It really is a pleasure to have you in opposition with enough time to campaign.

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  37. Guy Fawkes (702 comments) says:

    Trevor.

    Can you wear a big NAME badge when you go out and about, just so that we can be helped with remembering who you are.

    Been such a very long time, since you were in any way particularly relevant or noteworthy.

    It will help with the the older ladies as well, whose honour who hold in such esteem.

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  38. slightlyrighty (2,475 comments) says:

    Trevor.

    What you have forgotten is that while you may be a member of the Labour Party, you are the elected representative for Hutt South. As such, your role is to represent them in Parliament as opposed to campaigning on behalf of other prospective MP’s during a by election.

    I can understand Phil Goff making an appearance on the hustings, but your role is to work on behalf of the constituents you were elected to represent. If you are actively campaigning in Mana, then you are not doing your job. The voters of Hutt South deserve better.

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  39. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Trevor? You mean Tevor Mallard???? Is he still in parliament?

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  40. Manolo (13,753 comments) says:

    You mean Tevor Mallard???? Is he still in parliament?

    UNFORTUNATELY, yes. The thug is still lurking around and sucking off the state’s teat.

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  41. Richard Hurst (855 comments) says:

    To repeat Craig Ranapia’s question: Trevor don’t you have any work to do? Oh wait…posting on Kiwiblog IS work for you isn’t it?

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  42. david (2,557 comments) says:

    HEH Clare claims a desire to comment here but it would have made her feel “slightly unclean”

    Mud wrestling is obviously something she leaves to Trevor and he does it so well..

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  43. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    You think hes doing well here david?

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  44. rouppe (971 comments) says:

    Trevor @11:22

    I bow to your mental awesomeness.

    I originally was writing to that effect, but sat there thinking I could be wrong since the party vote is what determines seats in the house so changed by post. It was a guess so happy to be corrected.

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