Demographic changes with National electorate candidates

June 24th, 2014 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

I blogged a few days ago on the profiles of the 10 new for seats currently held by .

A reader e-mailed to say:

It would have been useful to include the background of the people they are replacing so we could judge the extent to which each party is diversifying or consolidating. 

So here’s the changes:

  • 9 of the retiring MPs are male, and one female. Their replacements are 8 men and 2 women.
  • By age – those retiring are 40s – 3 50s – 3 60s – 4. The new candidates are 20s  – 1, 30s –  1, 40s – 6, 50s -2
  • By ethnicity, all retiring are European, and of the new candidates eight are European and two are Maori
  • By occupation, those retiring are four farmers, an accountant, a doctor, a real estate agent, a lawyer, a diplomat and an engineer. The backgrounds of the new candidates are on the other blog post.

So overall, a marginal increase in women, a significant increase in Maori, a drop in age (as expected) and fewer farmers but more people with a business background.

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13 Responses to “Demographic changes with National electorate candidates”

  1. Daniel (208 comments) says:

    DPF, do you have details of the quota system National implemented on to the electorates to achieve the diversification of age, gender, ethnicity and prior occupations? Obviously to get this kind of success it must be a highly technical set of rules.

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  2. mjw (396 comments) says:

    The National party list will be fascinating. The PM has confirmed that he thinks the list ought to be used to ensure some gender balance, so it will be interesting to see whether the National party board agrees.

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  3. virtualmark (1,528 comments) says:

    Any indication of when the National list will be released?

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  4. kowtow (8,487 comments) says:

    “The PM has confirmed that he thinks the list ought to be used to ensure some gender balance, ”

    Why?

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  5. Manolo (13,780 comments) says:

    Warning! Labour Lite pinkos could be trying to emulate the socialist fellows in trying to manipulate the selection process to get more “wimmin” on their list. Surprised? Not really.

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  6. radvad (765 comments) says:

    Shame on the Nats. No policy analyst for Womans Affairs……..SHAAAAAAAAAAME

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  7. s.russell (1,642 comments) says:

    Creating a list is not just about finding the best people, anymore than the football world cup is just about finding the greatest football team. It is also an exercise in marketing, an exercise in building links to the various communities that make up New Zealand, and an exercise in building a well-tuned ear. For all these reasons, paying some attention to getting a broad spectrum of people in your caucus is actually a smart thing to do: because it helps make sure you use the talents of the people you recruit in Government rather than in Opposition. Talent remains the No 1 consideration, but regional, gender, ethnic, professional and other balances are of value too.

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  8. Rich Prick (1,705 comments) says:

    I’ll take quality over quotas any day. National would do well to avoid a Labour-like obsession with what one has between one’s legs. If quality produces gender balance, and there is no reason why it shouldn’t, then so be it.

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  9. radvad (765 comments) says:

    Cunliffe has been talking up the quality of his list. If they are so great then that means he should be number 57.

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  10. Rich Prick (1,705 comments) says:

    radvad, Moira’s been doing the same. I wouldn’t like to be close by as she contemplates a bowl of porridge.

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  11. wiseowl (895 comments) says:

    Parliament is about representation is it not?
    It’s not about business .
    I think it is important that National do not overdo the business side of the equation.
    The selection process that was used by National a few years ago was good but it seems to have been tampered with.

    Following the path of gender, colour and any other bias for selection ,is plain wrong.

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  12. s.russell (1,642 comments) says:

    wiseowl,
    What you say seems inconsistent: you want for National not to overdo representation of business, but reject any bias for selection. ???
    For what it is worth I agree about the danger of overdoing business representation: however this is an area where even National has been rather light in the past (and Labour almost non-existent), so selecting a few more businesspeople now seems good to me. But again, I do agree that ability is the absolute No 1 criterion – it is just not the ONLY criterion.

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  13. Viking2 (11,471 comments) says:

    business would be much better than lawyers,teachers and social workers.

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