Dowie for Invercargill

March 1st, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

has announced:

The National Party has announced local legal professional will be its candidate for the seat at the 2014 general election.

Ms Dowie was endorsed by a meeting of local party members in Invercargill tonight.

“National is taking nothing for granted in Invercargill this year, and the selection of a candidate of Sarah’s calibre reflects that,” says National’s Southern Region Chair, Ele Ludemann. 

Eric Roy won it in 2011 with a 6,263 majority so it is comfortable, but not absolutely safe. Eric got 55% of the candidate vote and National got 50% of the party vote.

Sarah Dowie is an Invercargill-based solicitor. As the daughter of two police officers, justice and law and order issues are part of her DNA.

After graduating from Otago University and being admitted to the Bar in 1998, Sarah established a successful career practicing commercial and environmental law.

39-years-old, Sarah lives in Invercargill with husband Mark Billcliff and their two pre-school children. Mark is a former first class cricketer and Southland representative, who now gives back by coaching local youth.

Sarah is an appointee to the Otago-Southland Lotteries Board. Instinctively community-minded, she also provides free legal services to community groups.

She is a former manager for the Department of Conservation in its tourism and concession wing and is now a trustee and Deputy Chair of the Dog Island Motu Piu Conservation Trust, which is working to eradicate pests on the island and restore it as a viable habitat for tuatara.

It’s good to see candidates of Sarah’s calibre get selected. She’s had a successful professional career and is very involved in the community.

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16 Responses to “Dowie for Invercargill”

  1. flipper (4,240 comments) says:

    She sounds like a good choice….. but for …..”Sarah established a successful career practicing commercial and environmental law.”

    Not another bloody RMA blood sucker? Surely not.

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  2. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    A very good choice.

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  3. bhudson (4,741 comments) says:

    Perfect reward for a lot of hard work by Sarah. An excellent selection campaign founded on exceptional planning and preparation.

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  4. thedavincimode (6,879 comments) says:

    I’m surprised the Headmaster hasn’t done this (or maybe he was trying to be a little more subtle than me).

    However, this is the difference:

    National

    Sarah Dowie is an Invercargill-based solicitor. As the daughter of two police officers, justice and law and order issues are part of her DNA. After graduating from Otago University and being admitted to the Bar in 1998, Sarah established a successful career practicing commercial and environmental law. 39-years-old, Sarah lives in Invercargill with husband Mark Billcliff and their two pre-school children. Mark is a former first class cricketer and Southland representative, who now gives back by coaching local youth. Sarah is an appointee to the Otago-Southland Lotteries Board. Instinctively community-minded, she also provides free legal services to community groups. She is a former manager for the Department of Conservation in its tourism and concession wing and is now a trustee and Deputy Chair of the Dog Island Motu Piu Conservation Trust, which is working to eradicate pests on the island and restore it as a viable habitat for tuatara. An active member of the Invercargill Rotary Club, Sarah currently holds the Directorship of Youth/New Generations. She is also a member of the Invercargill Women’s Club, attends All Saints Anglican Church, and is a former executive member of the Waihopai Playcentre. –

    liebour

    degree in political science
    children’s TV program presenter
    Dancing With the Stars
    Roving weather boy
    Gay marriage
    6 month holiday in Europe

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  5. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Another bloody lawyer – just what Parliament needs. :)

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  6. thedavincimode (6,879 comments) says:

    Exactly ross

    We need more weather boys.

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  7. Manolo (14,084 comments) says:

    An excellent selection campaign founded on exceptional planning and preparation.

    Do I detect a strong dose of partisanship in that comment? :D

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  8. bhudson (4,741 comments) says:

    Manolo,

    We believe in reward for endeavour. Sarah got the reward her hard work and meticulous planning deserved.

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  9. flipper (4,240 comments) says:

    thedavincimode (5,974 comments) says:

    March 1st, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I’m surprised the Headmaster hasn’t done this (or maybe he was trying to be a little more subtle than me).

    However, this is the difference:
    *****

    Ooooooooo… I take back all my disagreements with you on other matters(well, for now).

    A DEADLY comment!

    Vive la difference???? :-)

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  10. thedavincimode (6,879 comments) says:

    Don’t try and butter me up flipper. I’m not gay.

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  11. Fisiani (1,048 comments) says:

    Given that National will probably have 6 or 7 terms in government it is no surprise that so many strong candidates are emerging for National for the start of term 3.

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  12. DJP6-25 (1,389 comments) says:

    It’s obvious why she’s standing for National. She hardly ticks any of the right boxes for Liebour. I hope she has a distinguished career in parliament. After three, or four terms, she could actually go back to the real world. It looks like she could actually earn a similar salary package there. Unlike many MPs.

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  13. RF (1,454 comments) says:

    Fantastic choice. Comes from a great family and will be an asset to Invercargill etc.

    Another strong candidate for National.

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  14. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (895 comments) says:

    After the arrival of Matt McCarten as the CoS, Invercargill has turned red….try winning this seat from Labour….tough luck…

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  15. Johnboy (17,026 comments) says:

    The Oyster season started in Bluff at 12:01 this morning! :)

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  16. Grizz (611 comments) says:

    Lives, works and already well tied into the community too. The only concern is that she is a kneeled in Southland. All Labour need to do is find a Presbyterian candidate and the seat is theirs.

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