Focus NZ Party

December 1st, 2012 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The Northland Bay Chronicle reports:

The country’s newest political party is hoping a name change will increase its support base.

The party with Far North origins has elected a board and adopted a name change from the NZ Rural Party to .

I doubt it. At least a rural party was something people would have some idea of by the name. No one will know what Focus NZ means.

Focus NZ is aimed at securing support from a broad sector of New Zealand and will contest the next general election as a list-only party.

The board has six vacancies, which are aimed to be filled as the party grows, and consists of six members including its Far North founders.

Former National Party candidate Ken Rintoul, a civil engineer, contractor and farmer; and regional councillor and farmer Joe Carr will continue their involvement and are joined by: former Federated Farmers Dairy chairman and primary industries commentator Lachlan McKenzie of Rotorua; former MP and under-secretary for agriculture and forestry and chairman of the primary industries select committee Ross Meurant, who now has business interests in aquaculture in the Middle East; former MP Sandra Goudie of Coromandel who is closely involved with a landowners rights network; and fashion designer and small business manufacturer Marina Koltsova, formerly an architect in Russia who now has New Zealand citizenship and lives in Auckland.

Actually Rintoul is not a former National Party candidate. He sought the nomination for National in 2011, but lost to Mike Sabin. The fact he is in another party just a year later speaks volumes.

For the 65 year old Meurant, this will be his 4th or 5th party. He has been National, Right of Centre, Conservative, NZ First and now this. He was sacked by Bolger for unethical conflicts of interest as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary.

 

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20 Responses to “Focus NZ Party”

  1. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    Sounds like an attempt to resurrect Act

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  2. Alan Johnstone (1,087 comments) says:

    Just really another expression of wide spread dissatisfaction with the mainstream parties.

    Much less nutty than the CPNZ; Not really my kind of thing as an urban voter, but fair play to them

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  3. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    yehaa….third party representation

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  4. duggledog (1,505 comments) says:

    Interesting that it has its founders’ base as the Far North, which is mostly bandit country let’s be honest.

    What is their raison d’etre? Anyone know?

    I have a party vote up for grabs, not for Act or CCCP though. Keen to spend it on a single issue party, say one that will force a government to balance its books, or phase out the DPB as it stands to a limit of state assistance for the first child only, etc.

    Not a fan of Meurant

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  5. Grant Michael McKenna (1,159 comments) says:

    Focus NZ. They have some deal with SpecSavers…

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  6. Grizz (592 comments) says:

    Sounds like a pro-business, pro-farmer lobby. They will need sound policy and convincing personal before attracting votes. Note how hard ACT have found it with a similar platform.

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  7. Jimmy Smits (246 comments) says:

    Actually Rintoul is not a former National Party candidate. He sought the nomination for National in 2011, but lost to Mike Sabin. The fact he is in another party just a year later speaks volumes.

    Yes, it speaks volumes about how smart he is in being able to quickly recognise National for the regressive, Left-wing and anti-economic party that it is. Good for him. There are some such as DPF who remain in the National Party for years on end sucking up to John Key’s Labour-lite agenda and allowing him to fuck up the country and watch it to turn a third world shithole because he doesn’t have the balls to make the tough decisions and wishes only to appease the average mum and dad voter and be a celebrity PM.

    [DPF: You miss the point. He did try to stand for National under John Key. He failed.

    Any good luck for your campaign to turn National into ACT]

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  8. backster (2,142 comments) says:

    A better name might have been ‘Focus New Zealand First”.

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  9. annie (539 comments) says:

    It won’t take the electorate long to work out that it’s the Farmers’ Party.

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  10. James Stephenson (2,145 comments) says:

    Political Parties named after Prog Rock bands is an idea that should be encouraged. Can’t help feeling there are probably more potential votes in “Yes” or “Asia” though…

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  11. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    James, with Ross Meurant having been in so many parties maybe ‘Supertramp’ would be a good name.

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  12. BlairM (2,314 comments) says:

    Well if they are only going to contest the list vote they are dumber than I thought. If there is any sort of party that would be advantaged by contesting electorates it would be a rural one.

    If I were them I would all but ignore the party vote and contest hatstand National seats with wet MPs. I’m not saying they’d stand a chance of winning, but going for the party vote as a specific rural party is even more of a loser when the bulk of the electorate lives in cities.

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  13. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    Focus – Fuck Of Cos Ure Stupid.

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  14. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    I’m not saying they’d stand a chance of winning

    In which case going for the electorate vote is the single most stupid thing they could do – a great deal of effort and money for no possible return. Not even impacting the representation of either of the major parties.

    Unless they have a guaranteed seat, the best option for any party is to chase the party vote. If they are going to win an electorate, their best plan is to campaign for the electorate vote there and the party vote there and elsewhere.

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  15. insider (1,028 comments) says:

    focus is a real misnomer; they dont have a clue as to what they are about. Kathryn ryan interviewed two founders this week and it sounded like she could hardly stop laughing.

    They are a reactionary party. thye dont like ‘productive’ people being ‘overregulated’. thats it basically. looks like a political trainwreck.

    @ bhudson – they said they are chasing party votes not electorates

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  16. Tom Barker (136 comments) says:

    They’ll siphon a few party votes off the right-hand end of National’s support, but not enough to get an MP. I guess that’s a good thing – or two good things.

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  17. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    Tom,

    Lets see the policies they come out with. I think they’re more likely to be squabbling over NZ First for their patch. Which is also where Colin Craig will end up playing to a greater extent.

    Perhaps their Focus is getting Winston out

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  18. Ross Miller (1,688 comments) says:

    Came a poor third in the selection; thought he had a god given right to the nomination and didn’t bother to put in the hard yards necessary to win. Toyed with the idea of standing as an Independent until someone pointed out he had signed a plege to support the successful candidate. Sez a lot though, Ken Rintoul is all about Ken Rintoul.

    His first policy announcement was to align himself with Labour in dishing the SH1 upgrade to Wellsford. His solution was the the money would be better spent in penny packets ungrading the area’s roads … didn’t escape too many people that a major beneficiary of ‘think small’ would be Rintoul Civil Construction.

    The NZ political landscape is littered with the corpses of fourth and fifth parties …. and with luminaries like Meurant advising them their fate as a fleeting sidebar to the dustbin of history is assured. The only Party to benefit from this will be Labour but Rintoul is too far up himself to figure this out.

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  19. Liberty (259 comments) says:

    Ross Meurant had his uses in 1981 sorting out the great unwashed.
    Since then basically a bit of a non entity.

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  20. Meatloaf (171 comments) says:

    Yes, at first it was a rural party, interested in just farmers. But they know they need to widen their support. Their policies are excellent for exporters, which means more jobs. They also will bring down the cost of living. Their environment policy means the money we spend to clean up our environment will actually clean up our environment. Our current ETS policy means the tax we pay for our energy usage is going to Bangladesh to clean up their environment. This change will mean money stays in the country and cleans up our environment. Also they will do away with the unnecessary red tape, that is raising the cost of housing. By making a change, the cost will go down easy by 30%. By lowering this cost of living, people will have more money to spend, which means more businesses. They have other policies will attract people’s spare change to go into factories. Less than 10% of us produce goods. To raise our standard of living, we need more people producing goods. Their other policies concern trade, and will have a tax system that encourages production. So have a look at their website and see for yourself.

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