Another young Diptonite for Clutha-Southland

April 28th, 2014 at 1:03 pm by David Farrar

has announced:

has been selected as the National Party candidate for at the September 20 General Election.

 Regional Chair Ele Ludemann congratulated Mr Barclay on his selection.

“Todd is an outstanding choice for Clutha-Southland,” said Mrs Ludemann. …

Todd Barclay was raised in Dipton and Gore, and at just 24 years old has established a strong mix of public and private sector experience in the public relations industry.

Working in Wellington and then Auckland, Todd worked for Bill English and cabinet ministers Hekia Parata and Gerry Brownlee. He left Parliament to work for one of New Zealand’s leading public relations consultancies, before taking on a role as Corporate Affairs Manager for Philip Morris.

Todd went to Gore High School, and studied at Victoria University of Wellington. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Commercial Law.

It was a strongly contested field, and says much about Todd that he managed to win the selection despite his relative youth. Todd was also a very young basketball referee in 2008.

Clutha-Southland was won by Bill English in 2011 with a majority of 16,188, so it is fair to say that Todd is likely to be an MP after the election.

This leaves Bay of Plenty as the sole remaining contested selection for a National held seat.

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38 Responses to “Another young Diptonite for Clutha-Southland”

  1. somewhatthoughtful (467 comments) says:

    And you guys give the left shit!

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  2. doggone7 (833 comments) says:

    This mightn’t be liked elsewhere but it is more pertinent to this thread:

    “Great to see Clutha-Southland nominate 24 year old Todd Barclay as their candidate to replace Bill English as likely constituency member.”

    Todd Barclay is undoubtedly a fine, capable chap. He is the Clutha-Southland National candidate, ergo he is brilliant.

    “…24-year-old former tobacco company lobbyist Todd Barclay. He has already spent time in Parliament working for (Bill) English and cabinet ministers Hekia Parata and Gerry Brownlee. He left Parliament to work in public relations, before taking on a role as Corporate Affairs Manager for tobacco company Philip Morris.”

    If a Labour candidate had the same credentials there would have been a tsunami of criticism and a torrent of comment on here about needing to have had a real job, being a callow youth, being destined to be a trougher, questions about “what the hell would he know?” etc., etc., etc. Cameron Slater would have worn out his keyboard, his fingers would be red raw with the number of posts he’d started in condemnation.

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  3. RRM (10,034 comments) says:

    Working in Wellington and then Auckland, Todd worked for Bill English and cabinet ministers Hekia Parata and Gerry Brownlee. He left Parliament to work for one of New Zealand’s leading public relations consultancies, before taking on a role as Corporate Affairs Manager for Philip Morris.

    Reluctant though I am to piss on the guy without knowing him, or indeed knowing any more about him than what I’ve just read here… how on EARTH can he have done all that at age 24?

    ASSUMING he finished school on time at 17 and took 3 years to get his B.Com, then he’s spent (24-17-3) = 4 years working at 1) Parliament, 2) PR consultancies, 3) Philip Morris. That’s an average of 4yrs/3 = 16 months in each industry.

    I shall refer to him as Pitt the Even Younger…

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  4. RightNow (7,013 comments) says:

    Barclay was chosen democratically by the Clutha Southland National party members.

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  5. edhunter (553 comments) says:

    Yep I’d have thought one Jamie Lee Ross was more than enough.

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  6. dime (10,137 comments) says:

    “and at just 24 years old has established a strong mix of public and private sector experience in the public relations industry.”

    LMAO is this a labour selection?

    “Todd was also a very young basketball referee in 2008.”

    ah ok, so hes a nerd/ officious little prick

    Isnt it enough we have “done nothing” jamie lee?

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  7. Neil (589 comments) says:

    David first of all Todd is from Gore, went to Gore High School, and is very much a person of the electorate. He spent a little time in Dipton. People seem obsessed with Dipton. I know you have great enthusiasm for Gore !!!
    People talk about his youth. Don’t we have the right to vote at 18 and also stand for parliament.His views are positive and fresh. His views are probably slightly different to the incumbent in some areas.
    Todd wasn’t forced on us – he visited me three times and I saw him half a dozen times in a group meeting situation.
    The candidates faced around 150 voting delegates,plenty of young people while we even had 90 year olds there. He won on an early ballot showing the feelings of the delegates.
    Todd will help rejuvenate the party and connect with the local population.

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  8. tas (649 comments) says:

    Working for a tobacco company is not a good look.

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  9. doggone7 (833 comments) says:

    You watch, the Whale Oil ‘Map of the Day’ is bound to be Todd Barclay’s Plunket charts!

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  10. RRM (10,034 comments) says:

    Todd will help rejuvenate the party and connect with the local population.

    Basically he’s Clint.

    I look forward to hearing this 24yo PR company intern / junior Spin Doctor’s ideas for bolstering the dairy industry in Southland. I’m sure he has a few! :-P

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  11. Bill Ted (93 comments) says:

    I’ve heard of this guy. Great young kid by all accounts. Very sharp. Light on experience for sure, but must be pretty good to get through the nomination down south. They’re pretty conservative down there.

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  12. iMP (2,422 comments) says:

    I’m sure Todd is a great young man; but 24 is simply too young to be a parliamentarian. In my view, this role requires some experience of life first, and gravitas, if you presume to participate in making laws governing others, and debating the inns and outs of life-affecting legislation.

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  13. dime (10,137 comments) says:

    “Working for a tobacco company is not a good look.” – why not?

    its one of his redeeming qualities

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  14. dime (10,137 comments) says:

    his other redeeming feature – adern is going to look as old as shit if she stands next to him.. while portraying herself as “young & cool”

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  15. nickb (3,696 comments) says:

    And you guys give the left shit!

    Lol exact quote. Would be interesting to see how different this post would be if this kid (literally) was a Labourite…

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  16. Dazzaman (1,147 comments) says:

    Why would someone want to be snouting out of the trough at 24? Needs some life experience. Just a boy.

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  17. Neil (589 comments) says:

    One major comment. He was selected by nearly 150 delegates from a conservative electorate like Clutha-Southland. Age is relative- 24 year olds can be as mature as an idiot 50 year old.
    Our delegates reflected the demographics of New Zealand so are you saying we made a mistake. We were in the voting room while you are speculating in front of a computer.
    Our electorate made the correct choice I can assure you. So you critics let ‘s get on with the election campaign.
    Go Todd !!!!!!

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  18. Jack5 (5,169 comments) says:

    I hope Barclay proves to be a good politician, but he won’t go through any fire test.

    Rural Southlanders would vote for a stuffed duck it was the National candidate.

    Such “safe” or assured electoral seats are a bit like MMP. The backroom party hacks get the real choice, not Joe or Jane Voter.

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  19. kowtow (8,784 comments) says:

    Hopefully he’ll roll back all this anti tobacco nonsense going on up there in Wellington.

    Someone in National has to stand up for private property rights and the oppressed smokers of Aotearoa……

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  20. notrotsky (85 comments) says:

    Are the Nats taking the piss ?

    From linked in the kids clearly very very lightweight, but has his sights set on a life of troughing.

    Corporate Affairs Manager
    Philip Morris (New Zealand) Ltd
    August 2013 – Present (9 months)

    Consultant
    SweeneyVesty
    March 2013 – August 2013 (6 months)

    Private Secretary – Advisory
    Office of Hon Hekia Parata
    November 2011 – March 2013 (1 year 5 months)

    Ministerial Secretary
    Office of Hon Hekia Parata
    February 2011 – November 2011 (10 months)

    Ministerial Secretary
    Office of Hon Gerry Brownlee
    October 2010 – February 2011 (5 months)

    Correspondence Assistant (Acting)
    Office of the Prime Minister – Rt Hon John Key
    October 2010 – October 2010 (1 month)
    Intern

    Office of Hon Bill English
    March 2009 – October 2010 (1 year 8 months)

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  21. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    Alexander the great conquered the Persian Empire at 23.

    This guy is 24, he has a full years extra life experience.

    Clearly he’s going to do extraordinary things.

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  22. wynkie (86 comments) says:

    I totally agree with your comments Neil.

    I believe the 150 delegates of Clutha Southland have made an excellent, forward thinking decision in choosing Todd as their local representative. They have chosen youth over age and experience for good reason, because they aren’t just thinking about a solution for right now, but they want someone who will be there in 10-20 years time and seriously experienced when National is back in Government. They don’t want a fly by night operator who’s only in the role for 10 years or less.

    In my view Todd’s youth, qualifications, career track and experience to date is his advantage. He already has parliamentary experience, commercial experience, and PR and communications experience, so has been exposed to dealing with the media and lobbying and a tough regulative regime, he has time to grow into the role and he’ll work hard to prove himself, he’ll have the energy and enthusiasm to require to drive the electorate every day and night of the week to meet people and attend events, and travel to/from Wellington.

    This energy, openness, enthusiasm and long term commitment can’t easily be found in 50+ year olds, as they tends to have already ‘made it’ in their careers, they tend to be more stuck in their ways, less open, and less driven as they don’t have the same energy levels and they tend rest on their laurels on their previous achievements.

    I think the decision by Clutha Southland shows the maturity of the electorate and the delegates. They haven’t allowed age to prejudice their decision, but have considered Todd based upon his existing track-record, achievements, delivery, commitment, values, reputation and potential.

    All the best in the role Todd. I’m sure you will be a brilliant representative for Southland and your constituents, and will grow extremely well into your new and exciting career.

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  23. steve99 (1 comment) says:

    after all this negative comment todd has a nice haircut

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  24. Jack5 (5,169 comments) says:

    Bill Ted posted at 2.22:

    Light on experience for sure, but must be pretty good to get through the nomination down south. They’re pretty conservative down there.

    Bill, this is swede land, where they elected and re-elected Shadbolt mayor of Invercargill.

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  25. EAD (1,331 comments) says:

    3 things:

    The good – great to see local democracy in action and allowing members to select their representative. Whilst MMP has been good in allowing a wider range of opinions, it has created a situation whereby too many MPs have no accountability to anyone.

    The bad – The boy is 24 years old. Why on earth would a 24 year old want to get into the world of politics? Go see the world, start a family, get drunk, make some mistakes and then you might be able to see the reality of what politics is rather than from 3 short years spent in the heart of the Wellington bubble.

    The ugly – He is a “public relations consultant” otherwise known as a “Spin Doctor”. It is like calling a rubbishman a “refuse disposal technician”

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  26. salt (135 comments) says:

    Well, he survived 18 months in Parata’s office, and that’s truly no mean feat, so he’s obviously a natural politician. Whether that’s a compliment or an insult depends on your perspective, I guess.

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  27. Southern Raider (1,831 comments) says:

    What bloody career track record is working as some MPs lap bitch? He’s only worked outside of Parliament for about 12 months,

    FFS Southland is an export powerhouse for the economy and we are going to rely on this guy to keep the factory going.

    Did he even work on a farm growing up or was he sent to boarding school.

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  28. scrubone (3,105 comments) says:

    Bill, this is swede land, where they elected and re-elected Shadbolt mayor of Invercargill.

    Invercargill is a separate electorate.

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  29. scrubone (3,105 comments) says:

    FFS Southland is an export powerhouse for the economy and we are going to rely on this guy to keep the factory going.

    As much as I dislike this nomination, I would just like to point out that you seem remarkably ignorant of the role of a local MP for someone commentating on a political blog.

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  30. scrubone (3,105 comments) says:

    Well, he survived 18 months in Parata’s office, and that’s truly no mean feat, so he’s obviously a natural politician.

    You mean he’s seen Labour’s nastiest tactics close up – true. Parata has had a pretty constant barrage of hatred dumped on her, no arguments here.

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  31. gump (1,664 comments) says:

    It’s good to have a few young people in Parliament.

    I’ll judge him for what he actually does, not what people think he will (or won’t) achieve.

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  32. SPC (5,787 comments) says:

    Bishop, the Hutt South candidate, worked in the same Corporate Affairs role for Philip Morris 2011-13, before it was passed to this candidate in 2013.

    Both are young and have otherwise worked in Wellington for the party since it came into government.

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2014/04/bishop_announces_for_hutt_south.html

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  33. salt (135 comments) says:

    @ scrubone – I was referring more to his tenacity in retaining the position, I think private secretaries in that office had an average shelf life of about two months. I don’t think anyone’s doubting his Nat credentials, but being a brash young party faithful isn’t necessarily the mark of a good potential electorate MP.

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  34. deadrightkev (539 comments) says:

    Way too young.

    At 24 no person no matter how intelligent has the street smarts and world view capable of leading an electorate in my view. Is he the best candidate National could find in such a farmer friendly electorate?

    As a National backbench MP he will be cannon fodder for the whip anyway. I could not think of a more demoralising way to spend my time. Jamie Lee Ross, someone more at home in Act looks to have been neutralised and desensitised.

    However, on the other hand the public has been handed many complete imbeciles as list and electorate MPs over the years who should never have been elected so go figure. I think the problem is that many are going into politics to score and income and that should not be the motivation.

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  35. Warren Murray (314 comments) says:

    When I first saw this, I thought someone had got him confused with Chris Bishop.

    His longest period in any one place was with Hekia, no small achievement.

    Still, he should have earned his stripes like Chris and been selected to contest a safe Labour seat.

    Lacks experience IMO, and looks like National and selecting from inside, like Labour. Instead of staffers who have union backing, National chooses staffers with the backing of big tobacco.

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  36. Warren Murray (314 comments) says:

    He’s not from Dipton, but from Gore, he’s not an ex lobbyist, given how short his time was with big tobacco,mit would be far more accurate to label him as ex staffer, and he’s not 24, but 23.

    In politics it’s not good to be economical with such details.

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  37. xy (192 comments) says:

    ‘Obviously, fairly, there is a question around my ethics, with regards to working for a tobacco company [but]…I don’t believe it does call into question my ethics, my views are strong, and they’re against smoking. I don’t encourage people to smoke, but it is a job.”

    What a winner.

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  38. deadrightkev (539 comments) says:

    ‘Obviously, fairly, there is a question around my ethics, with regards to working for a tobacco company [but]…I don’t believe it does call into question my ethics, my views are strong, and they’re against smoking. I don’t encourage people to smoke, but it is a job.”

    More proof there is no difference between Labour and National. Good grief, where have all the capable older experienced battle hardened Kiwis gone?

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