A successful challenge in Kaikoura

December 19th, 2013 at 9:47 am by David Farrar

Commiserations to and congratulations to who won the Kaikoura nomination for National earlier this week. is a large electorate and you have to look after both the Marlborough area but also a lot of North Canterbury.

It’s very tough being an incumbent MP, and losing a selection battle. However it is also a useful reminder that ’s electorate selections are incredibly democratic. All 60 delegates were elected by local branches. Not a single one was appointed by Head Office or even the Region. A world of difference from Labour’s selection where the head office get around half the votes, and affiliated unions can stack the selection meeting with people who have never joined the Labour Party.

Colin has been a diligent MP for his electorate and a loyal National Party MP.  Stuart is a former head of the New Zealand Winegrowers Association and almost inevitably will become the MP for Kaikoura.

 

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10 Responses to “A successful challenge in Kaikoura”

  1. Jack5 (4,231 comments) says:

    Thank goodness for electorates. A route to Parliament where white skin and heterosexuality isn’t a handicap.

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  2. Pete George (21,830 comments) says:

    Following on from Jack’s comment…

    And worse, feminist academic Deborah Russell, who underlined her commitment to free speech by calling for the outright censorship of anything feminists don’t like, is now the Labour candidate for Rangitikei.

    And remarkably that’s a comment from a leftie at The Standard – http://thestandard.org.nz/showdown-at-auckland-council/#comment-747415

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  3. Huevon (104 comments) says:

    This reflects what is, perhaps, the fundamental difference between the two big parties. For Labour, democratic institutions are simply a means to an end for imposing socialism (they would use guns and bombs, but that has gone out of fashion). For National, the process is almost more important than the outcome. Only persons of merit who can win the respect of peers in an honest contest will get through (that’s the ideal, anyway).

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  4. marcw (206 comments) says:

    Mr King’s lack of local and national profile would appear to be his problem – what were his views on offshore oil exploration for example? Isn’t that an important issue in a South Island East coast electorate? Who knows what he thinks, because I haven’t heard his opinion. Still after 3 terms at least he has been well paid for his work, and will get a good pension.
    AFAIK, it’s a case of ‘If you snooze, you lose.’

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  5. thor42 (780 comments) says:

    Great to see this! Yet more young blood coming into the Nats.

    The Labour Party lineup looks like a fossil exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in comparison.

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  6. smttc (638 comments) says:

    marc, according to Damian O’Connor, King is a good electorate MP who was probably rolled by the National Party because he isn’t right wing enough. Spin, spin, spin.

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  7. BeaB (1,959 comments) says:

    marcw
    It’s time you updated yourself on pensions for MPs. The old’ three terms’ rule has been significantly modified.

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  8. timl (8 comments) says:

    95 delegates.

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  9. john (24 comments) says:

    95 delegates!! Must have a strong membership

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  10. timl (8 comments) says:

    That’s what a challenge does. Brings old members back and new members in. Great for rejuvenation

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