The 2013 Trans-Tasman Ratings

December 2nd, 2013 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Transtasman has published its annual ratings for the 120 (currently) MPs. As usual, I do some analysis.

The overall average rating is 4.7 (+0.3 from 2012, which is a reasonable increase)

Average Ratings per Party

  1. Maori 5.2 (-0.5)
  2. National 5.1 (+0.2)
  3. Labour 4.6 (+0.6)
  4. Green 4.4 (+0.4)
  5. United Future 4.0 (-2.5)
  6. NZ First 3.3 (-0.1)
  7. Mana 2.5 (-2.0)
  8. ACT 1.0 (+1.0)

The small parties all get pretty hammered. NZ First says much the same, and National, Greens and Labour all go up. Labour’s average rating has increased the most.

Top MPs

  1. Bill English 9.0 (+1.5)
  2. John Key 8.5 (+0.5)
  3. David Cunliffe 7,5 (+3.0)
    Steven Joyce 7.5 (+0.5)
    Tim Groser 7.5 (nc)
    Chris Finlayson 7.5 (-0.5)
    Judith Collins 7.5 (nc)
    Paula Bennett 7.5 (+0.5)

Bottom MPs

  1. John Banks 1 (+1.0)
    Rajan Prasad 1.0 (nc)
    Brendan Horan 1.0 (-1.0)

Top Labour MPs

  1. David Cunliffe 7.5 (+3.0)
  2. David Parker 7.0 (+0.5)
    Phil Goff 7.0 (+0.5)
    Annette King 7.0 (+1.0)
    Chris Hipkins 7.0 (+1.5)

Top Third Party MPs

  1. Russel Norman 7.0 (-1.0)
    Winston Peters 7.0 (nc)
  2. Tariana Turia 6.5 (+0.5)
  3. Metiria Turei 6.0 (nc)
    Te Ururoa Flavell 6.0 (nc)
    Kevin Hague 6.0 (+1.0)

Biggest Increases

  1. David Cunliffe +3.0
    Hekia Parata +3.0
  2. Paul Goldsmith +2.5

Biggest Decreases

  1. Peter Dunne -2.5
  2. Phil Heatley -2.0
    Hone Harawira -2.0
    Pita Sharples -2.0

Group Ratings

  1. Ministers 6.3 (+0.3)
  2. Cabinet 6.7 (+0.6)
  3. National frontbench 7.4 (+0.6)
  4. Labour frontbench 5.8 (+1.7)
  5. National backbench 4.0 (nc)

The Cabinet have improved their rankings this year and the National front bench are scoring very highly. However a significant increase for Labour’s front bench which finally has most of their strongest MPs on it.

Worth noting that as always, I of course disagree with some of the ratings. Some of the National backbench ratings are seriously astray for example.

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15 Responses to “The 2013 Trans-Tasman Ratings”

  1. backster (2,123 comments) says:

    I blame Penny (Public sheepdog) Bright for Banksy disappearing down the list.

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  2. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    I blame P.G. for UnitedFuture and Dunne’s sliding and soon-to-be vanishing act. :D

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  3. Pete George (23,345 comments) says:

    I thought I’d get in here before the usual suspects but too late for the predicable Moanolo who likes no one.

    I think the rating for Dunne is fair enough, from 6.5 down to 4.0 – he would have dropped lower mid year but is trying to get back on track, with mixed results. The TT comment:

    Lost his ministerial portfolio and, for a while, his party as well after some serious brain fades. Bounced back though and at year end was claiming to be a born again politician. He’ll stand again in Ohariu and despite all the trauma he could hold it – with a bit of help from National. Loses points for appalling judgement calls but we think he’ll be back.

    Again, I think that’s fair enough. It won’t be easy for Dunne to get back. I think he needs to do less grumpy and more positive and constructiveness. Having learnt some hard lessons he would be National’s most reliable partner but has shown he will vote independently, and on his own may not be enough. Despite what some claim there’s no way he will work within a Labour led Government with current personnel and policies.

    He badly needs a party that will do more than help him win Ohariu if he wants UF to survive beyond the next term without him but the prospects there are currently not good.

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  4. Rowan (2,048 comments) says:

    Not looking to good for labour, National seem to be still infront. I think Cunliffe is rather arrogant with some of his statements i.e. ‘After the election when we are in government.’
    Not saying the nats are great just the best of a bad lot at this stage.

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  5. Nigel Kearney (919 comments) says:

    Giving 4.0 to Dunne is ridiculous. He’s had a shocker. The mere fact that PG thinks the score is ‘fair enough’ shows that it must be at least three points too high. Over his career, he’s gone from left to right , then back to left and then right again, at every turn condemning the sort of policies he had previously advocated. Now we’re supposed to believe ‘there’s no way he will work within a Labour led Government’. I’m sorry but that’s just crap. He’ll do whatever gets him a limo and some extra cash.

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  6. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    Now we’re supposed to believe ‘there’s no way he will work within a Labour led Government’. I’m sorry but that’s just crap. He’ll do whatever gets him a limo and some extra cash.

    Hear, hear.
    The whore Dunne will sell his soul to Silent T and Comrade Norman in order to become a Minister.

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  7. thedavincimode (6,590 comments) says:

    There are 4 times more parliamentary seats than the numbers attending Dunne’s annual fundraiser. He had the perfect role model in Anderton of course. Two peas in a pod.

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  8. thedavincimode (6,590 comments) says:

    Don’t forget to give me one too Patricia.

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  9. thedavincimode (6,590 comments) says:

    Thanks

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  10. Pete George (23,345 comments) says:

    It’s easy to make wild claims but I’ve never seen evidence to support claims like Nigel’s.

    Dunne has effectively ruled out going into coalition with Labour as they are, he agrees even less with Greens. There’s no reason to doubt his word on ruling them out, and he hasn’t gone against his word before on any election claims or coalition arrangements. Key says he still trusts Dunne. He is proven reliable apart from his disaster this year.

    So all that leaves is empty bull from those perpetually frustrated they will never get what they want in politics. If you despise Dunne and Greens and Peters and National and Banks and anything Maori it doesn’t leave you with much, does it Manolo. No wonder all you can do is bitch and moan.

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  11. Wayne Mapp (63 comments) says:

    Bill English deserves his success in the ratings. NZ must be virtually the only OECD economy to come out of recession into surplus. I know Australia never actually had a recession, but they seem to be not doing so well, especially in respect of the govt accounts.

    NZ is likely to have almost the highest growth in the OECD next year. Will the voters reward the diligence and solid work that has achieved this as the best guarantee for future success, or will they go for flash promises?

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  12. RichardX (326 comments) says:

    Pete George (19,996 comments) says:
    December 2nd, 2013 at 3:53 pm
    No wonder all you can do is bitch and moan.

    Come on Pete, That’s not fair
    He also links to new stories that support his world view

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  13. freethinker (686 comments) says:

    I fail to see why Hekia Pareta improving, as her performance in the Education ministry over school closures and No vo pay has been appalling, perhaps the plus sign is a typo and should be a minus?

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  14. Morgy (171 comments) says:

    Wayne Mapp (36 comments) says “Will the voters reward the diligence and solid work that has achieved this as the best guarantee for future success, or will they go for flash promises?”

    I fear the latter Wayne. I reckon there are about 25-28% CORE voters to Labour and then the swingers being sucked in by soundbites rather than the truth of the policy could total up to 12-15%. If Labour’s result is in the higher end of that, the Greens will probably bleed to Labour and drop to 7-9%. That’s enough to turn this country into a basket case economically. Another cycle of 6 years where nothing positive will happen.

    Key and English must be rewarded but they need their comms team to start owning the conversation. Lets get the talk about what we have done, what we are doing and what can/will be done on the front pages rather than the never ending headlines of NO YOU CAN’T!

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  15. WineOh (608 comments) says:

    Very hard to disagree with any of these ratings. Kudos to the team who put it together.

    @ Wayne Mapp, is that the same Wayne Mapp that was an MP for National?

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