Scott wins Wairarapa

April 27th, 2014 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

3 News reports:

The Party has selected as its candidate for the electorate.

Mr Scott, 48, is a former investment banker and the owner of Wairarapa’s Matahiwi Estate winery.

He was selected at a meeting of local party members in Masterton yesterday.

“We’ll be taking nothing for granted in Wairarapa,” regional chair Malcolm Plimmer said.

“Alastair is an outstanding candidate who will be a strong advocate for Wairarapa.”

Mr Scott said he was proud to earn the nomination and was looking forward to the challenges ahead.

“National is making real progress for regions likes ours,” he said.

“I’ll be getting out and about to engage with communities about National’s plan to keep working for New Zealand.”

The father-of-three is also chairman of Henergy Cage Free Eggs, a Transpower director, Massey University councillor, and trustee of Wairarapa Region Irrigation Trust and NZ Scout Youth Foundation.

Congratulations to Alastair. Wairarapa was won by John Hayes in 2011 by 7,135 votes. It has been held by Labour in the past, so I am sure will be vigorously contested by Alastair and the Labour candidate, Kieran McAnulty.

National has so far selected new candidates in the National held seats of Hunua, Invercargill, Kaikoura, Napier, Taranaki-King Country, Waimakariri, Wairarapa and Whangarei.

Selections are still to be made for they very safe seats of Bay of Plenty and Clutha-Southland.

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15 Responses to “Scott wins Wairarapa”

  1. Jimbob (641 comments) says:

    Some members have tried to renew their membership, but their letter was lost in the post. Funny that.
    I would say it is odds on that ACT members have the same problem.

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  2. Jack5 (5,274 comments) says:

    A former investment banker who is into cage-free eggs and is a councillor of the lefty-liberal Massey University.

    Good fit for National, which might change its name to Notional for notional capitalism.

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  3. johnwellingtonwells (137 comments) says:

    And National’s selection for Hunua makes compost. Plenty of composting opportunities on the other side of the House

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  4. Brian Smaller (3,966 comments) says:

    A former investment banker who is into cage-free eggs and is a councillor of the lefty-liberal Massey University.

    And he used to coach a junior rugby team with me when our boys were in the same team. He is a good bloke. Parliament needs more successful businessmen like him.

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  5. tvb (4,553 comments) says:

    They all appear to be safe selections which does not inspire much. I guess they will be good little foot soldiers who will do as they are told including by the civil service should they become Ministers. But this is not what you want from a Prime Minister. I hope someone turns up before John Key decides to move on.

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  6. Neil (577 comments) says:

    tvb we can’t all be ringmasters until we have proved our talents in parliament. Safe pairs of hands are far better than characters who shoot their mouth off about things they don’t know much about.
    In the house you see the stark difference between National and Labour. Show ponies don’t come to much in the parliament.
    People like Paul Goldsmith really impress me.

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  7. tvb (4,553 comments) says:

    Sure drones who follow civil service agendas are fair enough to fill in spaces in cabinet. And many portfolios are not undergoing much reform. So safe pairs of hands have their place. I am expressing a concern about where is the next John Key? Hopefully amongst the new intake there are one or two stashed away in there. Selecting safe candidates will not provide the necessary political leadership post John Key. Presently we have possibly Stephen Joyce. Judith Collins has feet of clay mainly related to personality deficiencies (would you want her as a dinner guest). Where is the next Leader coming from. Some thought Simon bridges But he is shying away from those terrible deaths in forestry. He is hiding behind his department. That is not political leadership. It is ok for a Minister and he is getting away with it just. But it is not Leadership hence he is not a future Prime Minister.

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  8. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    @tvb – “…where is the next John Key?”

    Paula Bennett. There you go.

    She is by far the best welfare minister we’ve ever had.
    She would make a great PM – she is very down-to-earth and has a lot of the “common touch” that Key has.
    She has real leadership qualities and wouldn’t take any BS.

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  9. PhilP (163 comments) says:

    None of this gender balance PC rubbish in the National Party. The best person gets the gig. In saying that I’m sure Joanne Hayes would have made a fine member for Wairarapa also.

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  10. flipper (4,327 comments) says:

    This old news.

    Flipper posted a more detailed report in the GD yesterday morning.

    Scott was clearly the best of four candidates on offer. Apart from his CS First Boston Japan experience, he owns Matahiwi Winery in Masterton

    His opponent (main) is a 27 year old Pol Sci graduate, niow a TAB bookie Quite a contrast.

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  11. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (899 comments) says:

    Chief of staff politely points out that the blog title should have been – “Scott wins Wairarapa National selection”. Chief says Wairarapa has turned red and National is going to bite the dust and Deputy Deborah gently nods……

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  12. tvb (4,553 comments) says:

    Ok let us try Paula out in an economic portfolio. Maybe Associate Minister of Finance with responsibility for spending control. You cannot be Leader of the National Party without some economic cred.

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  13. pejhay (31 comments) says:

    Don’t look too far into the Wairarapa Electorate History – it was also stood for (and I remember it) by a certain Mr Paul Henry…
    Good luck – National has my vote (btw). Silent T deserves oblivion…

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  14. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    Investment banker turned winemaker? Obviously a really competent guy, but is he a child of the Wairarapa soil? :-)

    Will wait and see what sort of a local MP he turns out to be…

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  15. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    Paula Bennett as Prime Minister.

    I think I must be having a nightmare.

    Hoping it will all be over when I wake up.

    Sheesh.

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