A promising selection

February 24th, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

has been selected as ’s Candidate for the 2014 General Election.

Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth said Ms Salesa was selected from a strong field of eight candidates following Ross Robertson MP’s announcement that he was to step down at the election after 27 years as the local MP.

Ms Salesa said she has an extensive background working in both the public and private sectors as a lawyer, health specialist, policy analyst and senior official.

“I have been able to achieve transformations in practice and policy in both the United States and New Zealand.

“I have extensive experience and passion for health and education (early childhood and tertiary), with a career long focus on undeserved communities.”

Ms Salesa looks to be a good selection for Labour. Their Manukau East candidate is almost certain to become an MP, and at some stage Labour will become Government again – so it is good to see them make a selection where the candidate looks capaable and competent and potentially Cabinet material.

There is a copy of her CV on Scoop. Her work with the Early Childhood Investment Corporation in Michigan looks very interesting, as it involved PPPs to provide better heathcare.

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23 Responses to “A promising selection”

  1. dime (9,663 comments) says:

    Work history is all about policy, strategy, applying for grants, community organising etc

    “Voluntary organiser and hub lead for Obamas healthcare reform legislation”. oh good.

    Shes been involved in large scale policy change.. Thats the private experience.

    Im sure shes a smart lady and she has achieved etc but really, sounds like a career telling everyone how to live and scabbing money.

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  2. Longknives (4,686 comments) says:

    “There is a copy of her CV..”

    I’m sorry but I don’t have a great deal of faith in the authenticity of Labour Party member’s ‘CVs’…

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  3. double d (225 comments) says:

    promising …..

    you are kidding me.

    “….public and private sectors as a lawyer, health specialist, policy analyst and senior official….”

    i am sure she is a good person etc, but nothing about this CV tells me she understand what it is too risk capital and manage businesses. this is another CV based on political box ticking.

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  4. backster (2,123 comments) says:

    What is an ‘undeserved’ community? Is a cv in scoop more credible than one in Wikipedia.? I wonder if David Tua could give her a run for her money.

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  5. Colville (2,184 comments) says:

    She looks to be in her early forties…I suppose she will still be active and useful in her seventies when Labour finally come back to power :-)

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  6. PaulL (5,983 comments) says:

    @DPF: I think you have the play wrong here. You’re supposed to damn her with faint praise before the selection, thereby killing her chances. Doing it after she is selected has no potential value. :-)

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  7. johnwellingtonwells (131 comments) says:

    associated with Carol Beaumont – seez all

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  8. Duxton (590 comments) says:

    …..what Longknives said.

    If I could be bothered I’d look into the Michigan ECIC to see (no pun intended) whether such a beast even exists.

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  9. Fisiani (993 comments) says:

    If she had a brain she’d be in the National Party. Choosing Labour shows she is clueless.

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  10. jp_1983 (200 comments) says:

    “Voluntary organiser and hub lead for Obamas healthcare reform legislation”

    Just like Cunliffe helped form Fonterra?

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  11. Huevon (211 comments) says:

    Work on Obamas campaign + early childhood education = brainwashing innocent kids into the corrupt philosophies of socialism and Leftism. Move on, nothing more to see here…

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  12. EAD (825 comments) says:

    Yes, she is just what this country needs. Another 3rd rate Academic/Lawyer/Policy Analyst who has never done a real days work in her life instead going from government job to government job with no accountability where you can pad out your CV with meaningless phrases like “community organising”, “transformation in practices & policy” no doubt promoted in part because she ticks a number of the diversity boxes.

    And what with the continual use of the word “community”? This is another example of newspeak pushed by the extreme left which has the opposite meaning from the one many people seem to intend when they use it. Rather than suggesting togetherness the term is actually highly divisive. Rather than emphasising common endeavour it sets one person’s alleged “community” against that of his neighbour.

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  13. Chris2 (768 comments) says:

    Labour just don’t get it. They keep choosing career academics, trade union officials and teachers.

    The NZ economy is driven by private business and they need to appoint candidates who have experience in the real world of having had to earn a living for themselves, and not as a life-long paid employee.

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  14. Reid (16,110 comments) says:

    …with a career long focus on undeserved communities

    Under-served communities. In other words, the answer is, more govt stuff happening in better targeted places.

    If a lefty ever expressed the thought that the answer lies in better helping people to better help themselves, I’d die of shock. Why the hell is every single lefty so profoundly deluded about the human condition that 100% of them believe, or say they do, that the only possible answer to every single problem is more cotton wool to cuddle the little darlings in? What about learned helplessness don’t they understand? What about the ‘teaching a man to fish’ parable did they miss when they learned it at school? What would have happened to civilisation if it was a lefty who observed that lesson and got the parable wrong? No doubt that actually happened in one of the apparently infinite multiverses that apparently exist, and what’s the bet every single person in that universe is either a govt official, a hairdresser or a telephone cleaner.

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  15. georgebolwing (684 comments) says:

    She says she is “a lawyer, health specialist, policy analyst and senior official”. The lawyer bit is true: she has a law degree and was admitted. Ditto policy analyst: she was employed in a job with that role in the Ministry of PI Affairs. Health specialist and senior offical seem to be padding it a bit. OK, she did have a job called “health specialist” in a small state government body in Michigan. But she has never worked in a hospital or other health provider. When I was a public servant, a “senior official” was a CEO or Deputy Secretary or maybe a third-tier manager in a central agency. A principal adviser at the TEC is not a “senior official”.

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  16. MT_Tinman (3,044 comments) says:

    “she”

    Sorry, too suspect for me.

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  17. tvb (4,253 comments) says:

    She has not done much. MPs need much more skills than academic training and policy type roles. National had the good sense to move on about 1/3 of the caucus who were quite OK but we’re not going to make a good enough contribution long term. Time to try one’s luck with new faces some of whom will be quite good and there may even be a star who could be leader.

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  18. gravedodger (1,528 comments) says:

    One of the promos for Shearer nearly three years ago was his involvement with serving the number one statists of world government and included contracting out peace keeping roles to private business interests
    How did that work out.

    Has this person put her money down and fought bureaucracy and red tape to keep it earning profits?
    Or has she dealt with the theory and the creation of that red tape that threatens entrepreneurship.

    Pretty difficult to work in the US without having to work with “the market” and around the government.

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  19. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    Meh.

    New face, same old tired and failed ideology.

    Like putting a new coat of paint on a ’65 Holden. It won’t make it fly.

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  20. Southern Raider (1,746 comments) says:

    Is there any Labour or Green female MPs or candidates who are actually “Mrs” somebody or is the title associated with marriage not encouraged in these two parties?

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  21. Barnsley Bill (982 comments) says:

    Quota

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  22. OneTrack (2,815 comments) says:

    No men put forward for Manukau East?

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  23. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    thior: Don’t denigrate the name Holden by even remotely associating it with the decadent, deviant, and vile Labour Party.

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