Mark Osborne National’s Northland candidate

National has selected and announced their candidate for the Northland by-election. NZ Herald:

The National Party has chosen Mark Osborne as its candidate for the Northland by-election.

The party said Mr Osborne, an asset manager for Far North District Council, was based in Taipa, 60km northwest of Kerikeri.

“Through his work as a Northland public servant, former general manager of Te Ahu Charitable Trust, trustee of Mangonui School, and experience running family-owned local business Doubtless Beauty, Mr Osborne has strong ties to Northland,” the party said.

“National is working hard and delivering for the north,” said Mr Osborne, a married father of two children.

And some more detail about the selection from the Northern advocate:

Mr Osborne was selected by party delegates at a meeting in Kerikeri on Saturday. Voting had to go to a fourth round until he had an absolute majority of the 118 delegate votes.

He was up against Mita Harris, Matt King, Grant McCallum and Karen Rolleston.

The Advocate understands the final ballot was between Mr Osborne and Mr McCallum, a Maungaturoto dairy farmer.

About 150 people attended the meeting at the Kerikeri Sports Complex.

Mr Osborne immediately took leave from his job as Far North District Council asset manager until the election result is known.

He has previously managed Kaitaia’s Te Ahu Centre and co-own Doubtless Beauty with his wife Jodi. They live in Taipa and have two children.

He pledged to work to maintain a strong voice for Northland in John Key’s government.

David Farrar hadn’t rated Osborne as his top choices:

I’d say Karen and Grant are the front runners but all five candidates are credible and strong, and it will come down to the 120 local delegates, as they meet them and hear from them over the next fortnight.


Mark Osborne and Karen Rolleston had very good selection speeches, and came across as more competent than the other three.

The other three were passable but not as polished as Mark and Karen.


Mark Osborne may be the surprise package. He seems to be well liked in many different areas across the electorate. He has certainly won some awards for his business efforts.

From Scoop:

“National is working hard and delivering for the north,” said Mr Osborne.

“National’s focus on investment and growth helped to create 7500 more jobs in Northland last year and Northland is currently one of the fastest growing regions in the country.”

Mr Osborne highlighted eight ways National’s plan is lifting Northland’s growth rate and helping more Northlanders into work:

• Building the Puhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance to link Northland to Auckland
• Investing $255 million over three years in local roads and highways across Northland
• Backing Northland’s primary industries through the $750m Primary Growth Partnership.
• Attracting more investment and job growth in Northland through the Northland Regional Growth Study.
• Reforming the RMA to address the costs, delays, and frustrations that are holding our regions back.
• Rolling out much faster broadband services for Northland.
• Introducing the Maori and Pasifika Trades training initiative across Northland
• Supporting Northland families with free doctors’ visits for under-13s and investing over $134 million to improve and expand Northland’s school network since 2008.

“These are vital initiatives for Northland’s future. I’ll work hard to see them delivered and build on that momentum by keeping Northland’s strong local voice in the John Key Government.”

Based in Taipa, Mark Osborne is an Asset Manager for Far North District Council. Through his work as a Northland public servant, former General Manager of Te Ahu Charitable Trust, Trustee of Mangonui School, and experience running family-owned local business Doubtless Beauty, Mr Osborne has strong ties to Northland. Married to Jodi, he is also a father of two.

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  1. David

     /  1st March 2015

    Well done Whaleoil, he scuppered the favorite with all sorts of innuendo about his personal life over quite a few blog posts and even dragged his wife into the fray. As he often says politics is a bloodsport with lots of hired guns.

  2. d miller

     /  5th March 2015

    oh boy, a bye election maybe northland will get something. I must say can’t be sure about the selection. Based on the last selection of a know crim, marginal cop and a very bad anti drug presenter. Can we trust them to pick the right person


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