A public service announcement

May 28th, 2014 at 2:13 pm by David Farrar

National’s two Hutt candidates are and .

There are also two senior public servants called Lewis Holden and Chris Bishop. They are not the same people.

National’s Lewis Holden works for IBM Oracle. He is not Lewis Holden who is the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.

National’s Chris Bishop works for Steven Joyce. He is not the Chris Bishop who is the Acting Manager of the Communications and IT Policy Group at Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.

This is a free public service announcement to reduce confusion of having people congratulate the wrong people on their selections :-)

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14 Responses to “A public service announcement”

  1. dave53 (91 comments) says:

    ROTFLMAO, to use an expression from Usenet days!!!!!!.

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  2. Kimbo (1,045 comments) says:

    Has there ever been a public servant (discounting senior policy adviser and upper-Executive level like Tim Groser) who has been a National party candidate?

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  3. doggone7 (818 comments) says:

    Will the real Bishop identify himself by hanging a cigarette out of his mouth?

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  4. peterwn (3,300 comments) says:

    Kimbo – yes – Paul Foster-Bell.

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  5. Kimbo (1,045 comments) says:

    @ peterwn

    Hmm, thanks.

    But I’m pretty sure Foster-Bell falls into my previously described exception, “discounting senior policy adviser and upper-Executive level like Tim Groser”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Foster-Bell

    “Foster-Bell was a diplomat and his last assignment was as Deputy Head of Mission at the New Zealand Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, having previously served as First Secretary & Consul in Tehran in Iran, and Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan. In Wellington he worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (MFAT) Middle East and Africa division, as Deputy Chief of Protocol, and as a Regional Manager in the Ministry’s Security Directorate. He took leave from MFAT from June to November 2011 to contest a parliamentary election”.

    Plus here is the clincher that makes him a natural National Party candidate!: –

    “Foster-Bell was vice-chair of Monarchy New Zealand in 2012–13.”

    Instead, I’m looking for a case officer from Winz, or a stationery clerk from the Hastings branch of the Department of Ag & Fish.

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  6. Random Punter (77 comments) says:

    “National’s Lewis Holden works for IBM. He is not Lewis Holden who is the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.”

    Is either of them the Lewis Holden who’s involved in the republican movement?

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  7. Kimbo (1,045 comments) says:

    A Republican in the National Party?! Tell me it isn’t so! (Ok, there WAS Jim Bolger)

    https://www.national.org.nz/news/news/media-releases/detail/2014/03/19/national-selects-lewis-holden-as-rimutaka-candidate

    “A fifth generation New Zealander, Mr Holden (29) was educated at Hutt International Boys School in Trentham, Upper Hutt, before completing a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration at Victoria University in 2006.

    He is a keen debater, participating in the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships, and New Zealand Universities Debating Championships in 2006 which his team won in that year.

    Mr Holden’s candidacy follows a career in the information technology industry, working for IBM, New Zealand-owned solutions-provider Spectrum, Ingram Micro NZ, and most recently for Oracle New Zealand in Auckland.

    He is married to Jennifer and will return to the electorate to contest the seat.

    Mr Holden is also known for his work as Chairman of the New Zealand Republican Movement from 2006-2013.”

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  8. Random Punter (77 comments) says:

    Thanks Kimbo.

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  9. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (894 comments) says:

    Sorry bros. Both are losers. Can’t win the seats. So moving on…..

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  10. peterwn (3,300 comments) says:

    Kibbo – Paul would be MP for Wellington Central if it were not for the Aro Valley Greenies who foresake their candidate and vote Grant Robertson.

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

    How is working for less than 8 years in IT a career? Has only lasted 2 years on average with each company.

    And he’s a fuckin Republican

    Does any one else get the impression Joyce is stacking the list with associates to assist with a leadership challenge when Key quits?

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  12. Viking2 (11,557 comments) says:

    Kimbo (522 comments) says:
    May 28th, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Has there ever been a public servant (discounting senior policy adviser and upper-Executive level like Tim Groser) who has been a National party candidate?
    ===========

    well been a few teachers. ex northcote college is one.
    And some police men like George woods and a couple in the current lot.

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  13. Mobile Michael (462 comments) says:

    I thought Lewis had moved on to Oracle. And, as part of the evil billionaire owner’s plan, he and Brett Hudson (another Oracle minion) are taking over NZ Government – one MP at a time… ;-)

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  14. Shazzadude (531 comments) says:

    Peterwn: “Kibbo – Paul would be MP for Wellington Central if it were not for the Aro Valley Greenies who foresake their candidate and vote Grant Robertson.”

    You could make the “if the voters were stupid” argument to suggest anyone could get elected!

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