Epsom race heats up

June 21st, 2011 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Belinda McCammon writes:

Former Auckland City councillor , who has written biographies on John Banks and Don Brash, says he will contest the Party nomination for .

Goldsmith said he had decided over the weekend to contest the nomination, which will pit him against former councillor .

Both served on the now defunct Auckland City Council after being elected in 2007.

Goldsmith’s declaration comes after he unsuccessfully sought the North Shore nomination this year, with delegates selecting broadcaster Maggie Barry.

Goldsmith also stood unsuccessfully as the National Party candidate in Maungakiekie in 2005.

At least three people are known to be standing for selection in Epsom, with the National Party deputy regional chairman for Auckland, , also confirming she’d seek the nomination.

I know Aaron, Paul and Denise. All would be good MPs.

Aaron is the former City Councillor for the ward which covers most of the electorate and has just stood down as the Epsom Electorate Chair.

Paul is also a former City Councillor, the biographer to Don Brash and John banks and before that Press Secretary to Phil Goff and Simon Upton.

I’ve blogged on Denise before, who is very active in National in Northern Region.

It will be very interesting to see if anyone else stands, and then the selection itself.

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20 Responses to “Epsom race heats up”

  1. mikenmild (10,688 comments) says:

    Would ‘hagiographer’ be a better description?

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  2. Elaycee (4,301 comments) says:

    “Would ‘hagiographer’ be a better description?”

    Only if you were writing a book about Judith Tizard or dear leader…

    :)

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  3. nasska (10,659 comments) says:

    It would add interest to the race if we could be certain that the candidate chosen by National wasn’t likely to be ankle tapped later down the track to give the wanker that is Banks a chance of resuscitating ACT.

    I remain unconvinced that the whole process isn’t a sham.

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  4. mikenmild (10,688 comments) says:

    Elaycee

    I laughed out loud imagining a biography of Judith Tizard. How many pages could it be?

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  5. Elaycee (4,301 comments) says:

    “How many pages could it be?”

    Probably the same number of pages as the Book of Meaningful Comments Made By mikenmild.

    SFA.

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  6. mikenmild (10,688 comments) says:

    Elaycee

    I can’t see how Judith Tizard’s biography could be that long, well-researched and comprehensive!

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  7. Inventory2 (10,100 comments) says:

    Elaycee said

    Probably the same number of pages as the Book of Meaningful Comments Made By mikenmild.

    SFA.

    Or the book published by Sir Bob Jones in 1975; The Achievements of the Third Labour Government – it consisted of 64 blank pages :-)

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  8. Elaycee (4,301 comments) says:

    @Inventory2 – “Or the book published by Sir Bob Jones in 1975; The Achievements of the Third Labour Government – it consisted of 64 blank pages ”

    Haha – I remember that! It was classic Bob Jones. The modern day equivalents (to sit alongside the aforementioned hot air courtesy of milkmilo), could include:

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Repairs – Phil Goff
    Catherine Delahunty’s Memorable Speeches
    Fashion Trends by Bob Moodie
    Chris Flatt’s Handbook on IT and Website Security.
    Trevor Mallard’s Top 10 Relationship Tips.

    No doubt there are more…
    :)

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  9. mikenmild (10,688 comments) says:

    Elaycee

    We could get a bookshelf going. How about adding:
    Hone’s Guide to Race Relations
    Rodney Hide’s autobiography ‘Perks of the Job’

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  10. mikenmild (10,688 comments) says:

    Plus:

    Helen’s Handbook on Grooming
    Winston Peters: ‘The Truth As I Tell It’
    Chris Carter’s Travel Guide

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  11. iMP (2,236 comments) says:

    Darren Hughes, The Naked Ape.
    Pansy Wong, Potted in Botany.
    Michael Laws, A Guide to Whanganui.
    Gerry Brownlee, Eastenders.
    Alistair (Al) Queda, Osamas bin Misladen.
    Donald Trump, Guide to Rebirthing.
    Chris Carter & Helen Clark, UNwaged and Over the Rainbow.
    Jeannete Fitzsimmons, It’s Not That easy being Green.
    Sue Bradford, Domestic Violins.

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  12. mikenmild (10,688 comments) says:

    I Smiled It My Way, by John Key
    Coining It, by Taito Philip Field
    Legalise Cannabis and What Was I on About, I’ve Forgotten, by Nandor Tanczos

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  13. Elaycee (4,301 comments) says:

    Lost In Space – Sue Bradford.
    Guido Unhinged – Wussell Norman.
    Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert – Chris Carter.
    1958 Political Yearbook – Jim Anderton.
    How To Navigate Your Way Through Company Compliance – David Parker
    The Gloves Are Off – Trevor Mallard.
    Grooming Tips For Politicians – Nandor Tanczos
    ‘No’ Means ‘No’ – Winston Peters.
    Wham Bam And Thank You, Pam – Pam Corkery.

    And counting…..

    :)

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  14. CrazyIvan (87 comments) says:

    No Country for Old Men – Don Brash and John Banks ed
    A Passage to India – Richard Worth
    Warkworth: The Road Less Travelled – Stephen Joyce
    Stranger in a Strange Land – Russell Norman
    Fly the Friendly Skies – Charles Chauvel
    The Running Man – Darren Hughes

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  15. mikenmild (10,688 comments) says:

    The End of the Affair by Jenny Shipley and Winston Peters
    The Go-Between by Peter Dunne
    A Confederacy of Dunces by NZ First Caucus 1996-99
    Around the World in Eighty Days by Chris Carter
    The Witches of Eastwick by Paula Bennet and Judith Collins
    How to Win Friends and Influence People by John Key

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  16. Pete George (22,809 comments) says:

    This has turned into one of the better threads :)

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  17. mikenmild (10,688 comments) says:

    The Complete Works of Shakespeare & Peter Dunne – Vol 1: Peter Dunne
    (apologies to Monty Python)

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  18. Elaycee (4,301 comments) says:

    The In’s And Out’s About Living With Darren – Annette King.
    The Adventures of Daffy Duck and Goofy – Walt Disney.
    Me, Myself, Mine – Winston Peters.
    Fitness Balls for Beginners – Darren Hughes.
    Album of Original Watercolours – Helen Klark
    Moko’s and Mofo’s – Hone Harawira
    Ten Top Tax Tips – Matt McCarten

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  19. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Immigration for Dummies – Philip Field
    The Lonely Planet Guide to Public Parks – Peter Clark

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  20. Elaycee (4,301 comments) says:

    Old Yella – Rodney Hide
    Successful Lobbying Techniques – Sepp Blatter and Helen Clark
    How to Make Millions Disappear – David Copperfield and Michael Cullen.
    When Good Pets Go Bad – Darren Hughes.
    Life In The Big Apple – The Gruesome Twosome.
    How to Travel Through Europe on $1,000 per Day – Chris Carter.
    :)

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