Labour and Rangitata

March 5th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Back in December David Cunliffe declared:

leader David Cunliffe believes the party can win the electorate in 2014.

He said draft boundary changes, which give parts of Rakaia to Selwyn, mean the seat is “anybody’s game”. In the last election Labour polled well in Timaru but National was stronger in the Ashburton district.

Mr Cunliffe, in South Canterbury to rouse the party faithful in Temuka, believes Labour can win Ashburton this time.

“Geraldine’s coming back in, we’ll have Point, we’ll have Temuka; I think we can win this seat.”

Labour’s win of Christchurch East showed what was possible in the next election. Membership of the Labour Party had nearly doubled this year. On December 1 membership was up 85 per on January 1.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. We are up 50 per cent since the leadership race started three or four months ago. People know Labour’s on the rise.”

So the Labour Party Leader thinks they can win Rangitata, even if humble outsiders like me are sceptical.

So how many Labour Party members have come forward to be the candidate for this seat which their Leader has declared they can win.

Well Matthew Littlewood reports at Stuff:

The Labour Party is still without a candidate for the Rangitata electorate for this year’s general election.

A party spokesman said it had extended the deadline for another month after it did not receive any applications before the February 28 cut-off date.

They couldn’t find a single party member who believed the Leader’s claim it was winnable.

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17 Responses to “Labour and Rangitata”

  1. Pete George (23,476 comments) says:

    Not surprising, TVNZ don’t have an office in Timaru.

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  2. Kimbo (913 comments) says:

    Doesn’t this encompass some/much of former electorate of Sir Basil Arthur, the Labour Party MP of the ’60s to ’80s?

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  3. iMP (2,364 comments) says:

    Dreamers. This is core National country. The surrounding area, Selwyn, Amy Adam’s patch has one of the highest majoritys in country.

    Cunliffe, what planet are you on? Star Herne Bay Outer Touch?

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  4. peterwn (3,243 comments) says:

    Surprised Roger Payne did not put a nomination in.

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  5. Rich Prick (1,682 comments) says:

    With so many rising stars to choose from I’m sure Cunliffe … oh, wait.

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  6. Jack5 (5,053 comments) says:

    “Point”?

    Would that be Pleasant Point, where Cunliffe hunted wild pigs and became a socialist from working in the fish and chip shops and serving “rich pricks” on their way to and from the skifields?

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  7. burt (8,238 comments) says:

    Perhaps they can’t stand a candidate without using a secret trust ?

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  8. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (876 comments) says:

    Do not dance on the street fellows. I will be putting myself forward tomorrow. Can you please tell me where Rangitata is?

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  9. Huevon (220 comments) says:

    Not surprising. Aren’t too many gays or unionists in that part of the country.

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  10. Ross Miller (1,700 comments) says:

    I would like to nominate crimdotcom … oh wait, can’t, he’s not one of ‘us’ … well, can I nominate his ‘little helper’ Wussel? … errrrrrrrr no, he’s not one of ‘them’ (well he could be – almost!!!!). No, it will have to be Shane Jones, he’s the ultimate ‘I’m prepared to travel (read carpetbagger) to get the nomination’ candidate … Northland 2008, Tāmaki Makaurau 2011, Northland 2014 (although he’s being challenged by Willow Jean Prime) sooooooooooooo

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  11. hmmokrightitis (1,586 comments) says:

    I think Gweggy should stand, he has the whole duplicitous “do as I say not as I do” thing nailed.

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  12. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    This “Tojo” Cunliffe is delusional, or else he is on Fenton’s smoking brew.

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  13. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Labour win Geraldine? He truly is a drip of the first magnitude.

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  14. lolitasbrother (669 comments) says:

    This is fantastic from Cunllife, in Rangitata

    quote : “I’ve never seen anything like it. We are up 50 per cent since the leadership race started three or four months ago. People know Labour’s on the rise.” unquote.

    the Herne Bay property being a doer upper, is dissonance. and then the statement
    ” I want by donors to be as honest as me about their Trusts, as i will be”
    or words to that effect. This is delusional
    And now repeat

    “I’ve never seen anything like it. We are up 50 per cent since the leadership race started three or four months ago. People know Labour’s on the rise.” unquote.“

    Well never have I, i have never seen anything like it ,.. . The biggest Labour loser ever. This as Key described it ” a shipwreck”
    Watch Cullen disappear about Nov 7 never seen or heard of again

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  15. Harriet (4,857 comments) says:

    “……..Mr Cunliffe, in South Canterbury to rouse the party faithful in Temuka, believes Labour can win Ashburton this time.

    “Geraldine’s coming back in, we’ll have Point, we’ll have Temuka; I think we can win this seat.”………….”

    It’s basicly all farmland!

    This is either complete bullshit from Cunliffe – or he thinks he’s going to win by a landslide Nation wide.

    It’s the former. :cool:

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  16. Warren Murray (307 comments) says:

    Kimbo is partially correct, yes Rangitata includes Timaru, which Sir Basil Arthur held for many years, but when he died, Labour drafted in a carpet bagger from Auckland and through their arrogance giifted the seat to National’s Maurice McTigue.
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  17. Warren Murray (307 comments) says:

    Jim Sutton took it back for Labour, but, as DF says, Timaru only comprises part of the current constituency. Goodhew comes from Timaru, so even if it is a Labour stronghold, local parochialism will give her some electoral support there, as Labour learned in 1985.

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