Bishop announces for Hutt South

April 17th, 2014 at 12:21 pm by Jadis

Nice to see a local lad going for the nomination in .   has been around the Party for many years, is a very strong debater and will give Mallard a run for his money.

I’m putting my name forward to be the National Party’s candidate for Hutt South as I believe the electorate needs a fresh face in Parliament and a strong voice in Government.

Lower Hutt is my home. I was born in Lower Hutt Hospital in 1983 and attended Eastern Hutt School and Hutt Intermediate. I played cricket on the Strand in summer, rugby on the Hutt Rec in winter, and waterpolo in Naenae Pool.

Those of us from the Hutt know what a great place it is. It’s a fantastic place to bring up a family, to work in, and to have fun in. Lower Hutt is full of friendly, creative, hard-working people who are proud of where they live. It’s my community, and I’m passionate about making the Hutt even better.

 

He’s got a pretty tidy CV for his age and thankfully a mix of Wellington and real world work experience – especially for his age.   He is of course a Senior Adviser to Joyce.  A role he will need to step down from through the selection process.

I work as a Senior Advisor to Steven Joyce at Parliament, helping him implement the National government’s programme to lift our economic growth and deliver better public services for Kiwis. From 2008-11, I worked in a similar role for Gerry Brownlee.

Between 2011 and 2013 I spent two years living and working in Auckland as a Corporate Affairs Manager for a large international corporate. I learned a lot, very quickly, about what makes business tick. I believe it is important MPs understand not just Wellington and government – but also how government decisions affect business and economic growth. My time in the private sector has given me that knowledge.

I have a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours and a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University. While at Victoria I was elected to the University Council, tutored law, and was President of the Debating Society, winning three NZ University Blues. I’ve won 10 intervarsity debating tournaments, including at the Cambridge Union and the Sydney Union, and I was twice ranked as one of the top 10 debaters in the Asia Pacific. I’ve also won awards for mooting (legal arguing) and oratory.

I’m an active contributor to the community and have served on a range of charitable organisations in Wellington and overseas. From 2008-12, I was President of the NZ Schools’ Debating Council, a charity which organises debating in secondary schools in New Zealand. I’ve adjudicated hundreds of school debates around New Zealand and also overseas. In 2006 I was named Young Wellingtonian of the Year.

I didn’t know that Chris had been Young Wellingtonian of the Year.  

Of course, Chris still has to win the nomination and with today’s announcements about boundary changes there may be some competition for the Hutt South nomination. 

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25 Responses to “Bishop announces for Hutt South”

  1. Viking2 (11,571 comments) says:

    Two years working in business and he can talk the hind leg off a donkey. Oh wow.

    Arts and Law. Can he fix a car, build something or what.?

    Wonder he doesn’t add banker to his CV.
    That would make it all good.

    Is he a right wing or is he another labour Lite?

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  2. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    Good stuff! He would make a *great* representative for Hutt South.

    Mallard is a tired old has-been. The people of Hutt South should wake up and realise that Labour is not a political party but a cluster of bitterly-opposed factions and a grab-bag of lolly-scramble policies. No sane person should be voting for them.

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  3. Huevon (223 comments) says:

    I know of Chris from university. Always used to take the liberal law lecturers to task for their BS. Smart guy, would make a great right wing MP.
    So he worked for a “large international corporate”… Might that have been a tobacco company? Yeah, can understand why you might keep that quiet.

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  4. Vinick (217 comments) says:

    “So he worked for a “large international corporate”… Might that have been a tobacco company? Yeah, can understand why you might keep that quiet.”

    Kept it quiet? It’s on his website…

    Employment
    •June 2013 – present: Senior Advisor to Hon Steven Joyce
    •May 2011 – June 2013: Corporate Affairs Manager, Philip Morris New Zealand Limited
    http://chrisbishop.co.nz/my-cv/

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  5. Redbaiter (9,632 comments) says:

    Anyone who has worked as an “advisor” to the National Party over the last few years doesn’t deserve any support.

    At a guess, I’d say Chris Bishop, being “Young Wellingtonian of the Year”, is bound to be a member of the Progressive left faction.

    A faction that could improve NZ’s fortunes considerably by leaving the National Party en masse and joining the Labour Party. Its their real ideological home.

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  6. Manolo (14,070 comments) says:

    It’s not shameful or a dishonour to work for Philip Morris or any other tobacco company. Only a stupid Greenie or loony lefty would claim the opposite.

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  7. georgedarroch (318 comments) says:

    for a large international corporate

    Come on Chris, be proud! You can tell us who you worked in ‘government relations’ for.

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  8. dog_eat_dog (790 comments) says:

    More curious that his profile suggested a wide range of organisations and then just mentions debating…it’s not a student association election buddy :-D best of luck to him though.

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  9. Keeping Stock (10,436 comments) says:

    If attacking Chris Bishop for having worked for Big Tobacco is the best that Labour can do, all power to them.

    I would be more concerned with Labour’s so-called concern about problem gambling when one of their provincial candidates (Kieran McAnulty – Wairarapa) is a bookie at the TAB; now there’s a real disconnect.

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  10. Dave_1924 (121 comments) says:

    This will be an interesting contest. Mallard is a street fighter and won’t give it away. How will Chris B fair discussing the concerns of the day at the Wainui Rugby Club or on Queen Street or in the less well off areas of Moera or down the HNZC Flats at the end of Jackson Street?

    Nats better have good people on the ground door knocking as at a guess and not knowing the booths in and out from last time – 4800 majority is tough to shift

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  11. lolitasbrother (751 comments) says:

    Quote
    [ Nicky Wagner, Christchurch Central – I am really pleased for Nicky as she was gutted when the provisional boundaries came out as they made it a strong red seat. There must have been some fascinating discussion at the Commission table because it is a crazy shaped seat – how many legs does it have? Nicky only won the seat by 47 votes so holding Christchurch Central was always going to be extremely tough. Big chunks of red vote have been cut out of the electorate so Christchurch Central is back in play for both parties. Still too close to call but certainly gone in Nats favour compared to the provisionals.]

    Yes , Nicky had some serious conversations about this.
    The provisional boundaries were awful, and the photo of her talking to PM John Key in Christchurch Press was sombre. We want to win this .
    I thought I would just go away for the election when the toast was wet in Christchurch , but now …I want the billboard job ..
    give me that Nat .. this is our seat electoral

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  12. infused (660 comments) says:

    Was in his class at HIBS. Bit of an arrogant prick back then lol. But oh well. Hope he does well.

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  13. CryHavoc (46 comments) says:

    I don’t know Chris from a bar of soap, and good luck to him – has to be better than Mallard. Still, it’s kind of worrying to me how many people from both sides of the house are essentially career politicians. Two years in corporate affairs is not a career outside parliament.

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  14. Warren Murray (314 comments) says:

    It seems Notional are following Labour’s lead in nominating career staffers for seats. Chris has worked for: John Key, Gerry Brownlee and Stephen Joyce, so is well connected. Did a brief stint in private sector, but clearly didn’t take to it.

    So many ppl look down at Labour for its shallow talent pool, and here’s Notional doing the same.

    Doubtful Chris will be pulling an MP’s salary after the election, unless One of the senior MP’s he names in his CV gets him a high list spot.

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  15. mikenmild (11,776 comments) says:

    No one from Lower Hutt calls Strand Park ‘the Strand’. Poseur.

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  16. Fisiani (1,048 comments) says:

    National won the Party Vote in Hutt South in 2011. Their candidate then was the laziest candidate in NZ, Paul Quinn. Mallard will need a high list placing. His 4500 majority will not be enough of a buffer with a first class National candidate like Chris Bishop.

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  17. NK (1,257 comments) says:

    Pretty sure he was a member of Act some years ago, but could be wrong. As others have alluded to, two years spinning stories for a tobacco does not a businessman make.

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  18. jonnobanks (148 comments) says:

    What are you talking about, Bish has always been National. Although he is an arrogant prick, but who cares.

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  19. Fisiani (1,048 comments) says:

    Andrew Bayly just selected for Hunua

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  20. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    Philip Morris?

    Who will National nominate next? A serial rapist?

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  21. SPC (5,775 comments) says:

    How proud a Lower Hutt kid?

    He won’t ever win the seat for National, so if he wants a career in parliament representing National on behalf of the Hutt Valley as Quinn did he needs to be placed on the list by powerful mates on the hill. He is smart enough to know this, so works for Key, Brownlee and Joyce (possibly amused at the mess Collins is in given the team he has allied to might increase his chances …).

    Wonder what his position on super sizing local government will be, given his alternative is moving into the capital and running in Central (or Ohariu)?

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  22. SPC (5,775 comments) says:

    National had a 4000 lead in party votes in Rimutaka and 2000 in Hutt South, yet they lost by 3000 in the former and 4000 in the latter in the electorate race.

    But people read too much into this. People who vote Greens and NZ First (range from 10-15% in most electorates) are not likely to select the National candidate.

    The move of western hills into Hutt South and Naenae into Rimutaka just means an increased loss in Rimutaka (5000) and a smaller one in Hutt South (3000).

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  23. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Viking: You epitomise envious, leeching left-wing Labour/Green losers. Are you a public servant, a beneficiary, or just the usual self-entitled, State house dwelling bludger?

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  24. ShawnLH (5,757 comments) says:

    Well it could have been worse Tom J, he could have been a unionist.

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  25. Johnboy (17,007 comments) says:

    Just what the country really needs. Another fucking lawyer in parliament! :)

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