Reti wins Whangarei

March 8th, 2014 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Dr will be the Party’s candidate in the safe electorate at this year’s general election.

Dr Reti was selected by a meeting of local party members in Whangarei tonight.

“National is taking nothing for granted in Whangarei. Dr Reti has strong links to this electorate and I’m extremely glad the party has selected a candidate of his calibre to contest the seat,” said Northern Regional Chair Alan Towers.

Dr Reti’s candidacy follows a career in the health sector which has taken him around the world from New Zealand to the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Middle East.

Congratulations to Dr Reti. Whangarei was won in 2011 by Phil Heatley by 12,447 vote majority. Heatley got 59.2% and Labour Party principal Pat Newman got 22.4%. Dr Reti will become an MP.

A previous Herald profile states:

He worked in general practice in Whangarei for 17 years, and was a member of the Northland District Health Board for seven years, before being awarded a Harkness Fellowship to Harvard, in 2007. …

In April this year Dr Reti was called on by the NZ Embassy in Boston to visit the city’s hospitals with NZ Honorary Consul Simon Leeming, to see if any of the dead or injured from the Boston Marathon terror blast were New Zealanders or Australians.

Dr Reti said he was to the right of centre in his political leanings, believing in strong fiscal responsibility. “But I also believe in a social safety net, so that makes me egalitarian. I also believe in reward for hard work, which makes me centre right,” he said.

Dr Reti has been awarded the QSM and appears to be both a doctor and a (provisionally registered) chartered accountant. He also has a Masters in Management from Harvard.

It seems he is also a cousin to runner Alison Roe.  TV3 has a blog from him written on the day of the Boston Marathon bombngs.

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8 Responses to “Reti wins Whangarei”

  1. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    Impressive to some perhaps, but unless this guy has been on Dancing With the Stars, had a six month holiday in Europe or been a morning weather boy, he just aint gunna cut the mustard.

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  2. john (47 comments) says:

    Obviously sophistry and tokenism to the fore as the selection of the good Dr. based on his profile does not meet the accepted paradigm of those who reside a little further north. !!!

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  3. nasska (11,522 comments) says:

    ….”unless this guy has been on Dancing With the Stars, had a six month holiday in Europe or been a morning weather boy, he just aint gunna cut the mustard.”…..

    He’s up against it Davinci. The only way for Dr Reti to progress his chance of a political career is to turn queer & come out of the closet six weeks before the election. Mr Craig may be able to give him a few pointers about choosing to be gay.

    But wait on….he’s standing for National. Cancel the above…..all will be well. :)

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  4. WineOh (630 comments) says:

    Look at the calibre of applicants that the two parties are attracting. Taurimu on one hand that the Labour party seems to want on board, vs Dr Reti who seems ridiculously overqualified for the position in comparison.

    Reti appears to be obviously putting his hand up to make a genuine positive difference for his community.

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  5. stigie (1,194 comments) says:

    ….”unless this guy has been on Dancing With the Stars, had a six month holiday in Europe or been a morning weather boy, he just aint gunna cut the mustard.”…..

    Should put yourself forward there Nasska…Ha Ha.

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  6. allgoodal (14 comments) says:

    We’ll done Whangarei! Best bit of news to come out of the North in a very long time.

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  7. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    Sounds good! Is (or was) a doctor so has experience in the real world (unlike almost all of Labour’s rabble).

    Should win Whangarei easily enough and will be a welcome addition to the ranks of the Nats.

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  8. tvb (4,422 comments) says:

    He looks great on paper but how smart a politician is he. I guess no one knows not even him. So we will see how he goes. If say 1/3 of the new faces are smart politicians and maybe there will be a star who will go to the top of politics. Gosh the National Party is in great shape compared to Labour.

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