Q+A repeats Nikki Kaye

Curiously after Nikki Kaye featured in an interview on education on The Nation yesterday she is also the lead interview on Q+A this morning, also talking about education.

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It looks like National is deliberately trying to distance the party and the Government from the Barclay domination of the last couple of weeks.

Education Minister Nikki Kaye is our lead interview this week. Is our education system doing its best for our kids?

I think Kaye comes across much better as a politician than either Labour’s deputy leader Jacinda Ardern (who Kay beat twice in the Auckland Central electorate), and National’s deputy leader Paula Bennett who interesting National hasn’t put forward for the weekend interviews.

She again sounds very much on top of her portfolio.

15 Comments

  1. PDB

     /  July 2, 2017

    Definitely one to watch for the future.

  2. duperez

     /  July 2, 2017

    Comes across better as a politician? I suppose to stay in the job you have to be good at “being a politician” but is being a politician or being a better one the ultimate? Does just playing the game and playing to the ref mean you get leadership that won’t face up to issues?
    Like for years not facing up to superannuation issues? And not having the ability or confidence to take the people with you? Pure politics, pure populism, being a great politician.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  July 2, 2017

      Nikki has been voted in as electorate MP in a previously Labour seat three times now against Labour high-flyer candidates (Tizard and then Ardern).
      You don’t do that without “taking the people with you”.
      She has a an excellent track record of advocating for and serving the electorate and has done a good job in her portfolios.
      She also sticks up for her principals and has gone against party policy on some green issues, such as mining. That’s why some see her as a “wet” National mp,
      She also comes across well as a politician.

      • duperez

         /  July 2, 2017

        My point was about “coming across well as a politician.” You can do that while being a misleading, opportunist scumbag playing fast and loose with the truth, playing to prejudice and ignorance. If you have to use and depend on weasel words and dishonesty I presume that’s all you’ve got.

        My only direct dealing with Ms Kaye left me with the feeling that she was an operator with those characteristics. Somehow I’d expected something different from the young, new, fresh brigade, instead of political cynicism. The alternative to that was that she was actually an arrogant bitch.

    • Good questions. Our style of democracy requires a popular vote to choose our “representatives”. It is perhaps the party system which is less than desirable. Could parliament work with 70 independents?

  3. Blazer

     /  July 2, 2017

    one of Nationals better M.P’s in a woeful…bunch.

    • Gezza

       /  July 2, 2017

      Who do you reckon are better MP’s ?

      • Trying to think of decent labour MP and I am struggling

        • Gezza

           /  July 2, 2017

          I didn’t used to like him much for some reason, but I’ve watched him operating as whip & point of ordering / challenging the Speaker during Question Time in the House lately, trav, & I think I have underrated Chris Hipkins. Despite the boyish appearance I think a sharp mind is operating there.

          • Gezza

             /  July 2, 2017

            🌸🌸

          • adamsmith1922

             /  July 2, 2017

            You are being jocular, I assume?

          • Gezza

             /  July 2, 2017

            Well, no I wasn’t, don’t have much of a sense of humour really. Notorious for it. Only going on a coupla performances in the House. Tell me the dirt & I shall ponder it further.

  4. Zedd

     /  July 2, 2017

    Is this ‘Nikki being Trikki’ ?
    methinks she would fit in well in the current USA Govt. (pretty little blond) I’m sure mr T would have something to say.. to her ??