Nats select Doocey

September 13th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

NZ Herald reports:

last night chose to contest the byelection.

The vacancy will be created when Labour MP Lianne Dalziel resigns shortly to stand in the Christchurch mayoralty on October 12.

Mr Doocey, aged 41, is a healthcare manager working at the Canterbury District Health Board.

He returned to Christchurch from Britain this year.

Regional National Party chairman Roger Bridge said there were two nominees.

“While an incumbent Government has never won a byelection in a seat it does not already hold, the National family are united behind Matthew as he accepts the challenge to wrest the seat which Labour has held since 1922.”

Matthew’s brief bio is:

Matthew Doocey (41) is married to Hungarian-born wife Viktoria. They have lived in Redwood since returning to Christchurch from the UK earlier this year. He works at the Canterbury District Health Board as a manager in its surgical division.

He went to St Bedes college, then studied counselling psychology at WelTec (Wellington). He has a Bsc (Hons) in Social Policy, an MA in Healthcare Management from Kingston University in London, and an MSc in Global Politics from Birkbeck University in London.   He is also studying towards a Doctorate in Health by distance at Bath University in the UK.

Matthew Doocey has a long career in healthcare management including in the delivery of community mental health and social care services both in voluntary, and Government settings.  He has worked extensively in the voluntary and community sector, including for Youthline NZ.

Congratulations to Matthew. No real chance of winning the seat, but if he does well it would help him in 2014, with the possibility of a winnable list spot.

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14 Responses to “Nats select Doocey”

  1. Redbaiter (8,913 comments) says:

    No word on what mr Doocey’s POLITICAL BELIEFS are.

    Does the National Party give a damn about this or do they just take on anybody?

    Does Doocey care about the National Party’s founding principles; or is he just another tax and spend liberal/ progressive.

    Some information on this would be handy to voters, or is the idea to sweep such things under the carpet because today’s National Party, full of compromisers and progressives who should rightly be in the Labour party, is actually ashamed of those founding principles?????

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    “To promote good citizenship and self-reliance; to combat communism and socialism; to maintain freedom of contract; to encourage private enterprise; to safeguard individual rights and the privilege of ownership; to oppose interference by the State in business, and State control of industry”.

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  2. Samuel Smith (276 comments) says:

    I give any Tory a 0% chance of winning the seat.

    It was predictable the Tories would stand a no-name following the Aranui school announcements on Wednesday.

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  3. Jack5 (5,137 comments) says:

    I’m sure Matthew’s a reasonable guy (if a political sacrificial lamb) who sees the free-market light through the welfarism fog. He might even prove a first-class politician.

    But that would be be in spite of, rather than because of, his education.

    He … studied counselling psychology (at a polytechnic)…(has) a Bsc (Hons) in Social Policy, an MA in Healthcare Management … and an MSc in Global Politics from Birkbeck University in London. He is also studying towards a Doctorate in Health by distance at Bath University in the UK.

    And Matthew is a manager in the Canterbury health board’s surgery division.When the West was at its peak, surgeons led surgeons, rather than were managed by folk with degrees in social policy and international politics.

    Matthew will be lucky if his talent hasn’t been rooted by a tertiary education system run amok, and destined to choke on its own delusions. The health system is also at risk from its increasing bureaucracy.

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  4. Redbaiter (8,913 comments) says:

    “I give any Tory a 0% chance of winning the seat.”

    What alternate universe did you just time warp in from?

    There are no Tories in the NZ parliament.

    Which is a pity, for a few of them may counter the disgusting socialist and progressive excesses that stem from the tyranny of the left and the virtual one party state condition of our democracy.

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  5. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    When the West was at its peak, surgeons led surgeons, rather than were managed by folk with degrees in social policy and international politics.

    I’d take an actual manager over some of the technical people who have worked above me over the years.

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  6. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    Can’t get my head round this one; why on earth would he want to toss away what appears to be a flourishing career to be an mp?

    If he was older, I could understand it, but he appears to be hitting his peak earning years after working his way up, why on earth would he want to live on an mps salary with all the crap that goes with it?

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  7. Redbaiter (8,913 comments) says:

    “why on earth would he want to live on an mps salary with all the crap that goes with it?”

    He may be one of those who thinks the gummint should always be there to help, and he will make sure that is so.

    An anti-Reaganite.

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  8. Bob (497 comments) says:

    Normally Christchurch East would go to Labour. However the Greens are coming up in the polls ands are presenting a candidate. The surprising might happen with the Greens splitting the vote taking them off Labour.

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  9. peterwn (3,273 comments) says:

    Bob – then Amy will be able to get her RMA bill through and can tell Peter Dunne where to stick it.

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  10. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    Surely you jest Red. I suggest adherence to National’s founding principles would be an automatic bar to selection these days.

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  11. slightlyrighty (2,475 comments) says:

    He studied counselling psychology at WelTec (Wellington). He has a Bsc (Hons) in Social Policy, and an MSc in Global Politics. Sounds like a fine candidate for a Labour Party Whip, particularly with his mental health background. :)

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  12. Redbaiter (8,913 comments) says:

    “Surely you jest Red. I suggest adherence to National’s founding principles would be an automatic bar to selection these days.”

    Ha yeah, and I’ll bet there is a recently penned update to those fine and clear principles that converts them to typically meaningless smoke and mirrors progressive hogwash. (Most likely written by Whaleoil and the like.)

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  13. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    Phew – Mr Dicy Doocey Dick Tracey has zero chance of winning this seat. Waste of everybody’s time and money. Move on bros.

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  14. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Perhaps he has an ambitious wife?

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