Labour Party organisations in these electorates will hold their confirmation meetings shortly:
• Bay of Plenty Carol Devoy-Heena
Lost in 2008 by 17,604 votes. Ranked 76th (2nd bottom). I think Tony Ryall can relax.
• Botany Koro Tawa
Ranked No 65. Lost by 10,872 in 2008. Not a lot of new blood coming through is there!
• Christchurch East Lianne Dalziel
An MP since 1990.
• Coromandel Hugh Kininmonth
Lost by 14,560 in 2008. Ranked 75th (third bottom)
• East Coast Moana Mackey
Lost by 6,413 to Anne Tolley. List MP since 2003.
• East Coast Bays Vivienne Goldsmith
Lost by 13,794 to Prince of Darkness. Ranked No 67 in 2008.
• Hamilton East Sehai Orgad
2007 President of compulsory Waikato Student’s Union. Stood for East ward of Hamilton City Council in 2007 and came 10th.
• Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta
MP since 1996
• Helensville Jeremy Greenbrook-Held
Very appropriate Jeremy stands against John Key as he writes so many letters to the editor complaining about the Government. 2005 President of the compulsory VUWSA. Is standing for Henderson-Massey Local Board in 2010 elections.
A little known trivia fact is that a few years ago Jeremy and I co-authored a petition to Subway asking them to reverse their sacking of an employee for sharing a free $2 staff coke with a friend.
• Manukau East Ross Robertson
MP since 1987.
• New Plymouth Andrew Little
Former President of compulsory VUWSA, and NZUSA. Labour Party President.
• Rotorua Steve Chadwick
Lost her seat in 2008 by 5,065 votes. MP since 1999.
• Selwyn David Coates
Lost in 2008 by 11,075 votes.Ranked No 74 (fourth bottom) on list.
• Taranaki-King Country Rick Barker
Now this is weird. Barker presumably can’t get nominated again in Tukituki, so desperate to carry on has headed to the west coast. Has been an MP since 1993.
• Waimakariri Clayton Cosgrove
MP since 1999. Holding on with a 390 vote majority.
• Wellington Central Grant Robertson
Former President of compulsory OUSA and then NZUSA.
• Wigram Megan Woods
2007 Mayoral candidate against Bob Parker.
If the list above, is Labour rejuvenating, then someone has a sick sense of humour. Their only new candidates are from compulsory student associations.
Of their 2008 candidates, the ones standing again were all ranked in the bottom dozen, and lost by huge majorities. Where are the Kate Suttons, Michael Woods, Conor Roberts, and Louisa Walls who all actually have some talent?