O’Connor confirms Ohariu bid

This has been well signalled but now Greg O’Connor has confirmed he is seeking the nomination to stand for Labour in Ohariu.

NZ Herald: Former police association boss Greg O’Connor seeks Labour Party nomination

The former head of the police association is seeking the Labour Party nomination for Ohariu, a seat held by Peter Dunne for more than 30 years.

Greg O’Connor today confirmed he wanted to be the Labour candidate for the Wellington electorate in this year’s general election.

He said as a long-time resident and active community member standing as a political representative was a natural fit.

“I have a strong sense of social responsibility, and the ideals and ethos of the Labour Party, which demand a fair go and opportunities for all New Zealanders, made the decision to join them a natural one.”

O’Connor has said that he was approached by Labour to stand, and Andrew Little has indicated he supports O’Connor’s bid.

Something being arranged in Ohariu was hinted at when Labour’s candidate in 2014 switched to the Hutt South electorate where she was selected.

Greens have tried to help Labour beat Dunne (who has been helped by National) in past elections but if O’Connor is selected that could get interesting. Metiria Turei is not a fan and may have trouble giving him too much help.

Labour and Greens have also announced they won’t make electorate arrangements to help each other this year. Greens use electorate campaigns to get party votes so will presumably stand a candidate in Ohariu again. It will be interesting to see what sort of candidate that is.

Going by reactions to O’Connor at The Standard he may not be widely supported within Labour either.


  1. Gezza

     /  February 1, 2017

    That’ll make things interesting. He’s very high profile & would be seen I suspect as something of a conservative – for a unionist. He might be popular with the electorate. I reckon he could give Dunne a run for his money.

  2. artcroft

     /  February 1, 2017

    Yes I agree. He’s not a a wishy-washy identity politics muppet such as those typically preferred by Labour. This will test Andy’s ability enforce discipline across the party. And if the Greens are ever to gain power they’ll have to be ready to live with, and support, some of those they can’t stand.

    • Gezza

       /  February 1, 2017

      It’s my electorate Arty. I’m very keen for him to be selected. He could have a big impact for the better on their Parliamentary team. He’d be one to argue with them & not just fall into line when faced with silly ideas, would be my bet.

      • artcroft

         /  February 1, 2017

        I hope he makes it through. It would make Ohariu a very interesting contest.

  3. Auto_Immune

     /  February 1, 2017

    It will be interesting to see what happens in Ohariu. I personally didn’t rate Labour’s previous candidate Ginny Andersen; she seemed to campaign on issues that were actually the responsibility of local Government. Greg O’Connor has the name recognition, but has probably bothered a lot of the more liberal voters in his previous role… There was a dimpost post basically wondering who to vote for, if specifically trying to avoid voting for him, for example.

  4. Replacing Dunne with an ex-cop who also apparently does not support drug reforms… wheres the choice man ? 😀

  5. David

     /  February 1, 2017

    Another trade unionist, thank god Labour has a real deficit in this area and they could really do with another angry middle aged white man who has absolutely zero experience of earning a living in the private sector.

  6. Jeeves

     /  February 1, 2017

    I used to think of him as the Kelly Ann Conway of the NZP.
    But I think he’s a good guy, and he’s in it for the right reasons. I wish him good luck.

  7. Brown

     /  February 1, 2017

    The police have become increasingly politicised and inept over the years and this guy has sailed along in the flow of mediocrity without protesting while that happened. On that basis he will be an excellent Labour politician. Not my cup of tea but not my electorate anyway.

  8. patupaiarehe

     /  February 1, 2017

    I don’t imagine Mr Dunne will be too concerned. Even if he is, he shouldn’t be.