Tizard to return

April 1st, 2011 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

I understand that a deal has been done over the vacant list spot. Expect an announcement later today that has accepted the vacant list spot, and will be sworn in on Thursday 7 April.

However in a deal with Labour, she will resign her seat in May, and then will come in. The other four higher placed list candidates have agreed to also stand aside.

This allows Tizard to make the valedictory speech she was “robbed” of, and also take part in the committee debate on the new Section 92A of the Copyright Act, which she originally authored. She wants to defend the original section, and explain why it was done. After that she will step aside and let Wall in.

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52 Responses to “Tizard to return”

  1. Brian Smaller (3,982 comments) says:

    Shennanigens with the list. What a corruption of the intent of MMP and the Party list as presented to the electorate on voting day. Why bother with a list at all. Pretty obvious that if Wall had been No99 on the list she would still have got in once those above her were strongarmed to stand aside.

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  2. Put it away (2,888 comments) says:

    MMP fanboys proud of yourselves? Roll on the referendum.

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  3. Brian Smaller (3,982 comments) says:

    DPF – Do you know if she resigns in May will she get her month’s salary, plus the three months MPs usually get when they resign or lose a seat? If so do you think the PSA will raise an issue about a Labour MP rorting the taxpayer when they are facing job cuts?

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  4. tvb (4,193 comments) says:

    This is outrageous. How dare she come into Parliament for a matter of 4 weeks and then promptly leave. The Labour Party are manipulating the list shuffling MPs in and out of Parliament is some shabby back room deal. They will pay for this politically.

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  5. Pete George (22,734 comments) says:

    It seems like a bit of non-democracy of convenience for Labour, but as long is this arrangement makes no difference to the financial cost then I guess it’s of little real consequence.

    It should be one the most anticipated valedictory speeches this century – an impassioned recollection of less than two months in parliament. The House should be chocker for that.

    A down side will be the added pressure this puts on voters – we not only have to consider the quality of people on the Labour party list, but we also have to try and anticipate where the cut-off might be and who is left waiting in the wings who might still want to give a valedictory.

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  6. Bruce Bayless (4 comments) says:

    Ahhhh… okay. And this is good for Labour how?

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  7. thedavincimode (6,519 comments) says:

    Because she leaves in May instead of November.

    Just remarkable given everything that’s been going on. Gaffey behind this deal as well no doubt. They had the opportunity to completely distance themselves from her decision to return, but no, that would have been toooooo easy.

    Own goal.

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  8. DRHILL (121 comments) says:

    April Fools Day???

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  9. Put it away (2,888 comments) says:

    “They will pay for this politically.”

    Can’t pay if you’re aleady politically bankrupt

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  10. Thomas the Unbeliever (141 comments) says:

    I struggle to believe this is true. There is no real upside of this for the left of Labour, or for beneficiaries of MMP (who have principally been from the left). It also could be argued to further “strengthen” Phil Goff’s leadership. The faction that would be seen as supporting a return of Judith Tizard are unlikely to be seen as Goff supporters.

    As an aside, I have always found it odd that Louisa Wall is not more warmly received in certain Labour circles. On paper she would seem to appeal to the very same demographic that appears to be resisting her entry into parliament. Perhaps she may prove that simplistic labels put on politicians can be misleading.

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  11. Danny-boy (102 comments) says:

    Happy April Fools Day, DPF! :)

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  12. RRM (9,420 comments) says:

    When you say “you understand” all of this, does that mean:

    (1) A reliable little Labour Party birdie told you this information, or
    (2) A National Party henchman just picks this sort of stuff up by osmosis, or
    (3) It is really nothing but a wet dream, or
    (4) It is the 1st of April?

    [EDIT: Did you hear the one about how the govt is going to borrow 42 million dollars today? No, that's not just on April Fools' day, that's every day! ]

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  13. Inky_the_Red (734 comments) says:

    It took 8 people before anyone recalled the date. Success for this year’s joke DPF

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  14. toad (3,668 comments) says:

    I think Frog’s one is better, DPF.

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  15. Richard (94 comments) says:

    Well done DPF, when I first read nothing jumped out at me as “April fools”. It look a few re-reads.

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  16. Komata (1,105 comments) says:

    FWIW

    Tradition mandates that all April Fool’s jokes become null and void at 12.00 am, and that the joke ‘boomerangs’ on the perpetrator after that time has been reached. IF this IS such a joke, then its been fun watching the reaction, and congratulations David on your skill.

    If however it is NOT an April Fool’s joke, and is an actual situation then the New Zealand Labour Party has got itself an immense problem which would seem to have the potential to, if not destroy its integrity, (no, don’t go there – please) then certainly make it very sick.

    Roll-on 12.01pm.

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  17. Inventory2 (10,090 comments) says:

    The substance of the post may well be correct, even if DPF might have employed calendar licence with some of the details (e.g. the start and finish dates). Can anyone REALLY imgine Judith Tizard turning down three times the average annual wage for six months of service?

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  18. BlairM (2,286 comments) says:

    The purpose of an April Fools joke is that it is ludicrous enough that only an April Fool would believe it.

    I find this one so entirely plausible a proposition from this corrupt Labour Party that even if it is not true, they probably are contemplating it seriously.

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  19. tvb (4,193 comments) says:

    Yes point taken, happy April fools joke but the Labour Party are quite capable of this stupidity that is why I believed it.

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  20. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    “This entry was posted on Friday, April 1st, 2011 at 7:00 am ”

    You’re going to have to get up earlier than 7am to fool the Hills.

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  21. Clint Heine (1,563 comments) says:

    Toad, how was frogs funnier?

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  22. lofty (1,303 comments) says:

    Not bad DPF, certainly more clever than frogs one, which is marginally funnier than a cup of cold sick.

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  23. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Because taod says so Clint! Shut up and do what the moral elite tell you to peasent!

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  24. Graeme Edgeler (3,262 comments) says:

    DPF – Do you know if she resigns in May will she get her month’s salary, plus the three months MPs usually get when they resign or lose a seat?

    MPs who resign don’t get the severance. Only MPs who cease being MPs at an election (for whatever reason) get that.

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  25. Inventory2 (10,090 comments) says:

    Clint Heine asks

    Toad, how was frogs funnier?

    I guess it all depends on the sense of humour Clint, and from what we’ve seen of the Greens over the years, it’s doubtful if they even have a collective one, let alone individual ones! Even with a Ronald McDonald clone in their midst, humour is in short supply in the Green caucus.

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  26. Thomas the Unbeliever (141 comments) says:

    Agree with Komata @0755 & tvb @0809. I assumed this was a joke …. but seem to have lost all ability to discern any difference between a bad joke and Labour’s current political strategy.

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  27. peterwn (3,140 comments) says:

    Even though this may be an April Fools Day joke, it might just give Judith ideas.

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  28. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    It is very hard to parody the left these days. They’re funnier when they’re being serious too.

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  29. thedavincimode (6,519 comments) says:

    I thought the Frog one was very amusing. What was just as amusing was noticing that the shameless mad magpie is now plying his link-whore trade over there. Will that give bedwetter any ideas?

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  30. Inventory2 (10,090 comments) says:

    Murray’s 8.30am – Comment of the Day :-)

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  31. toad (3,668 comments) says:

    As usual, Danyl wins though.

    [DPF: That is an evil post]

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  32. Short Shriveled and Slightly to the Left (762 comments) says:

    DPF wins because the first 6 or so fell for it!!!!

    Stuff.co.nz had an average one
    ODT’s was very good as usual

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  33. gravedodger (1,506 comments) says:

    I vote for thomas a 8 29.

    As to the ODT’s gag, I don’t know if it was sour grapes but One D. George from newstalk zb on 5 30 live let the cat out of the bag.

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  34. tvb (4,193 comments) says:

    Ms Tizard should return unless there is a damn good reason why not. To manipulate a list to catapult someone else in would be wrong. Of course the Labour Party gave various has-beens a good lost slop to provide some political stability in the lead up to the last election. But nevertheless that is the list people voted on, a fair number of voters knew who was likely to get in, Ms Tizard stood a good chance of election, the democratic process should take its course.

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  35. Brian Smaller (3,982 comments) says:

    OK – I was got..that is what you get living out in the sticks……but….the manipulation of the list that is being encouraged by Labour’s leadership is no April Fool’s joke.

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  36. dave (985 comments) says:

    This is outrageous DPF. What vacancy? How dare Labour jacks up a deal when Hughes hasn’t resigned yet. haha.

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  37. Clint Heine (1,563 comments) says:

    The Greens are a daily reminder that Kiwis have a sense of humour. The Greens have given us so much, Loony economic policies, Delahunty and of course the Dihydrogen Monoxide silliness :)

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  38. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    I hear that Judith is set to take over Darren Hughes’ old room at Annette’s.

    Let’s hope lightning doesn’t strike twice!

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  39. Thomas the Unbeliever (141 comments) says:

    Luc @1006 – is that with or without the Swiss Ball?

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  40. dime (9,356 comments) says:

    argh its april 1st. thanks dpf. just told 6 people this “news”. *hangs my head in shame*

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  41. Clint Heine (1,563 comments) says:

    I have posted a neat little video on what can be achieved on a swiss ball.
    http://clintheine.blogspot.com/2011/04/fun-with-swiss-balls.html

    Probably not suitable for Labour Party MPs

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  42. Pete George (22,734 comments) says:

    Darren Hughes’ resignation official

    The Speaker’s office today confirmed it had received a letter of resignation from Hughes effective April 5, but refused to release it.

    Labour are getting smarter, timing this to hide amongst a morning of misinformation.

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  43. arkhad (65 comments) says:

    shit I didn’t read the story just the headline and immediately bought ipredict stock before I went to work. You cost me a fortune with that damn joke grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  44. RightNow (6,642 comments) says:

    funny you should say that arkhad, I unexpectedly made a bit on those stocks this morning and noticed there were over 3000 trades by 9am

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  45. Rodders (1,790 comments) says:

    Judith says “I have not made up my mind.” She said she was likely to announce a decision on Sunday.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10716445

    Is Sunday NZT when Helen’s mobile is expected to be back from being repaired?

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  46. Manolo (13,316 comments) says:

    What will “Paree” Hughes do now? Will he travel to San Francisco to do his O.E., or will he prefer Bangkok?

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  47. V (668 comments) says:

    April Fools?

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  48. Don the Kiwi (1,580 comments) says:

    Manolo.

    Seems he’s been banging it a lot recently.

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  49. thedavincimode (6,519 comments) says:

    Very good Clint. I won’t ask how you happened to find that.

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  50. DJP6-25 (1,268 comments) says:

    This one was plausible enough to be taken at face value.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  51. Komata (1,105 comments) says:

    So, no April Fool joke then – the wait goes on and DL is no doubt laughing like a drain.

    Solidarity sisters, Solidarity!!

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  52. Put it away (2,888 comments) says:

    Jeez DPF the point of april fools isn’t to post a completely believable story!

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