Labour’s secret candidates

December 23rd, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

blogs at The Daily Blog:

I was a little surprised to hear that over the past few weeks has selected a number of candidates.

Not surprised that the candidates have been selected, early selections are fine, but surprised that I’d heard virtually nothing about them in any media that I pay attention to or in any communication from the Party.

I knew that Kieran McAnulty was standing in the Wairarapa last Sunday but I had to ring him up to find out how he did.

I’ve been online to discover what else has been happening and I’m happy to let the rest of NZ know the results, to the best of my knowledge, and where I found them:

Otaki (contested) – Robb McCann – Party press release on Scoop

Rangitikei (contested) – Dr Deborah Russell – Party press release on Kiwiblog

Whanganui (uncontested) – Hamish McDouall – Hamish posted on Facebook & Wanganui Chronicle

Wairarapa (contested) – Kieran McNulty – Kieran told the Wairarapa Times Age

Clutha Southland (uncontested) – Elizabeth Craig – Home Paddock

Waitaki (uncontested) – Glenda Alexander – Stuff via Southland Times

Te Tai Hauauru (uncontested) – Adrian Rurawhe – Wanganui Chronicle

 Quite amusing that two of the sources are centre-right blogs. But that is Jenny’s point:

And just in case you’re wondering if I missed the bleeding obvious, there’s no mention of any candidate selections on Labour’s website and, it almost goes without saying, Labour’s Facebook page is hopeless.

I don’t know if Labour’s official site is paid for by Parliamentary Services, the Party or a combination of the two.  If it’s the former then, if my knowledge of electoral finance law is correct, party campaigns are a no go. If it’s the latter then why not have a space on the website for Party business? Oh wait, I just looked again, and they do, it took me four clicks to find it and it’s under Contact the Party/Resources but its policy papers, membership forms, the constitution etc.

I may be wrong but it seems to me that Labour won’t have a place online where people can find out about candidates and campaigning until it changes its existing website or launches a campaign website.

Please let it be soon.

A party website should make it very easy for people to find out who their candidates are.

 

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12 Responses to “Labour’s secret candidates”

  1. Pete George (21,812 comments) says:

    Labour have also been very light on policies on their website for yonks. There’s is still only a brief summary of topical issues:

    Labour has a suite of policies across the full range of government activity. This page lists some of our most active campaigns at present.

    For information about other issues, please look at the news releases from the Labour spokesperson in your portfolio area, or consult Labour’s party platform.

    http://www.labour.org.nz/issues

    So you have to search through spokesperson media releases – that can be interesting, because different spokespeople seem to promote different things, sometimes contradicting each other.

    It’s a waste of time checking Labour’s blog Red Alert, Clare Curran must have banned just about everyone because 90% of posts are by her with low numbers of comments.

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  2. s.russell (1,486 comments) says:

    Janettte Walker has been chosen as the Labour candidate for Kaikoura.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/9534239/Labour-candidate-highly-regarded

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  3. geoff3012 (22 comments) says:

    Who cares anyway….bunch of dickheads

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  4. Paulus (2,296 comments) says:

    Good to see ManBan in progress – shush – quietly.
    Will be good for Cunliffe to have so many women admirers, as there are few man in the same boat.
    They all look like being frustrated University academics, middle class, highly educated people, people who have yet to do a real job of work, but trying to remain on the public tit.

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  5. Manolo (12,624 comments) says:

    Lets keep a tally of the number of candidates who are members of the Rainbow branch.

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  6. Fisiani (854 comments) says:

    So many uncontested usually means a dearth of candidates but for Labour it just means only one woman applied.

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  7. mister nui (881 comments) says:

    Mallard must’ve been campaigning on the beaches of Queensland this week… Very dressed down in a tatty shirt, boardshorts and loafers in the business class lounge in Brisbane this morning.

    I dearly hope they can find someone to replace this worn-out has been!

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  8. Shazzadude (467 comments) says:

    To be fair, most of those seats Labour have no shot at winning, with maybe a sniff of a chance in Otaki and Te Tai Hauauru, so it’s not really big news.

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  9. Manolo (12,624 comments) says:

    Was the “missus” with him? :D

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  10. Tauhei Notts (1,509 comments) says:

    Sue Moroney has proven the best at increasing National candidates’ majorities.
    Would you please advise which electorate she will use in 2014 to enhance her impeccable record.

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  11. Johnboy (13,386 comments) says:

    “A party website should make it very easy for people to find out who their candidates are.”

    Filthy right wing extremism David. Everyone on the left knows that due to the oppressive policies of the jackbooted John Key crony capitalists none of their folk can afford a broadband connection! :)

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  12. igm (862 comments) says:

    Can any of these candidates show successful careers in private enterprise or commerce . . . I think not! Just another bunch of trough snouting leeches getting into taxpayers’ hard earned money. If they don’t get into Parliament they will infiltrate councils or become union executives . . . they are disgusting. The best example of leeching to date is GWRC, dropping ground for failed socialists, even Laidlaw.

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