TOP turn to Ohariu

With The Opportunities looking a long way off making the 5% threshold they are turning to the Ohariu electorate as another way of making it into Parliament.

Newshub: Gareth Morgan and TOP want a dirty deal in Ōhāriu

Is it dirty media attacking valid political strategies as ‘dirty’?

Newshub understands The Opportunities Party (TOP) will be asking voters in the electorate to ditch the two main parties’ candidates in favour of their candidate, Jessica Hammond-Doube, in order for Ōhāriu to get a three-for-one deal.

On current polling Labour’s Greg O’Connor and National’s Brett Hudson both make it into Parliament as list MPs, so TOP will be asking them to vote for Ms Hammond-Doube in order to get maximum representation for the electorate in Parliament.

If TOP was to gain an electorate seat, and managed to get 2 percent of the vote as current polling suggests, Dr Morgan and deputy leader Geoff Simmons would be brought into Parliament as list MPs.

It is a strategic move to dethrone NZ First leader Winston Peters as king-maker, and it’s understood TOP will even go as far as asking National and Labour to stand their candidates aside in Ōhāriu to make the move more likely to pay off.

Candidates are committed, the ballot papers must already be printed as advance voting starts tomorrow.

National or Labour could seek party votes only and tell supporters to support the TOP candidate, but I don’t see National changing their approach again starting to contest the electorate after Peter Dunne announced he wasn’t standing.

And I doubt Labour will give TOP any help either.

If TOP put up a strong big for Ohariu that will impact on support for the other candidates, probably more for Labour’s O’Connor than National’s Hudson.

It’s understood a letter will be sent to the voters of Ōhāriu on Monday outlining TOP’s plan, which will sell the idea as the best way to stop Mr Peters choosing the next government.

Ohariu voters are well versed in tactical split voting. It will be interesting to see if they are attracted by TOP’s bid.

TOP’s Ohariu candidate Jessica Hammond Doube is ranked way down at 24 on their party list.

Jessica Hammond Doube

All  candidates in Ohariu:

CLOSE, Lisa Susan New Zealand First Party
HAMMOND DOUBE, Jessica The Opportunities Party (TOP)
HUDSON, Brett National Party
MOORE, Andie ACT New Zealand
NADAKUITAVUKI, Bale United Future
O’CONNOR, Greg Labour Party
WOODLEY, Tane Green Party

 

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30 Comments

  1. PDB

     /  September 10, 2017

    It wont work but I agree it could see Greg O’Conner lose votes as National voters are less likely to be TOP supporters.

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  2. Ray

     /  September 10, 2017

    Pity they left it so late, which suggests Morgan isn’t very fast on his feet.
    Greg O’Conner isn’t very popular amongst progressive voters with his hard line on law and order.
    Might have worked if they had got onto it when Dunne stood down.

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    • Blazer

       /  September 10, 2017

      if O’Connor is ‘hard line’ on law and order …how would you describe National’s policy…?File it under…’hang em ..high’!

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      • Ray

         /  September 10, 2017

        Blazer, O’Connor leaves National in the dust when it comes to shooting first !

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  3. David

     /  September 10, 2017

    Not sure who would be worse holding the balance of power, Winston or Gareth what a bloody choice.

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    • Patzcuaro

       /  September 10, 2017

      I think Morgan has put more thought into his policies, you might not agree with them but they are based what he believes is best for the country as a whole. I’m not sure you can say the same for Peters and Morgan’s lot would be easier to deal with.

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      • David

         /  September 10, 2017

        Agree but can you imagine trying to negotiate with Morgan, he has this incredible self belief that what he thinks should not be questioned because he is completely right on everything all the time.

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        • Patzcuaro

           /  September 10, 2017

          Maybe, but I think he would be able to decision without any drama plus he isn’t carrying the personal baggage that Peters has. Saying that I doubt TOP will make it, they are polar opposite to National who are shedding votes. Vote compass has them at the top of the top left hand quadrant whereas National is in the middle of the bottom right.

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  4. Zedd

     /  September 10, 2017

    actually, its probably their best option; to try win an electorate seat..

    btw; I was talking to a TOP supporter in the octagon, who said their own polling, (with internet/mobiles too) has them at about 10% ! 😀

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    • Pickled Possum

       /  September 10, 2017

      Yes the TOP Parti covers all My basez.
      Maori own water
      Maori seats 4eva
      Treaty … New consitution …
      Tax the land bankers
      More jobs for the poor
      More money for the young
      Better health management
      Medical Cannabis …
      More employment
      More houses
      Less jailed
      Can we have …
      Less Pine trees
      Pine forests were just a claytons investment for big maori land owners.
      1 acre of land planted in pine = $40,000
      Less $36,000 to get it out.

      Some Humans only seem to be interezted in MONEY …
      not the well being of our human race.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 10, 2017

        Does the value depend on whether the trees were trimmed properly when young to produce clear pine, Possum? A Maori trust near where I lived was ripped off by a contract gang that was supposed to trim their forest but when it was checked later only the trees you could see from the road and outside had been done.

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        • Pickled Possum

           /  September 10, 2017

          Hiya Al hope you All good.
          Ready for mayhem an havoc 😈
          Aka voting day.
          Well I’d have a guess and say the forestry gangs aint what they used to be, esp up here in TTT.
          That’s really the fault of trust management. Should have checked work. Pity, their forest of allergy bearing pines is only good for pulp then. The whole pine industry is a farce the only winers in that game are the chinese.

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      • Gezza

         /  September 10, 2017

        👍🏼 Good list.
        “Maori own water” – nope. Its creator owns it. We all have to look after where it flows through & share it fairly.

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        • Pickled Possum

           /  September 10, 2017

          Yea well gezza me old mate bro
          Just listing what I find in common with The Top parti wether weather whether or not any one else agrees.
          Side note …
          Everytime you flush yaw.9 litres of water down the loo …
          Do you consider that looking after the water ways, as it travels down to the moana.
          Share it fairly … words of wisdom my bro … foreshore.
          And by the way has this Creator got a Name? Hope nga manu all great.
          Wind picking up here … some of our bees are coming into the house an dying.

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          • Gezza

             /  September 10, 2017

            Kao! It doesn’t get flushed into my awa iti, tuahine – hope not anyway. Te wai is clear, oku tuna me oku manu got plenty of natural kai. Breezy here too. 3 Pooks out today. All keeping watch on Kao! It doesn’t get flushed into my awa iti, tuahine – hope not anyway. Te wai is clear, oku tuna me oku manu got plenty of natural kai.

            Breezy & grey skies again here too, now. 3 Pooks out in the sun today. All keeping watch on nga mahanga. The wind kills the bees?

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            • Gezza

               /  September 10, 2017

              🙄 Hmm. Ignore previous. Terrible stutter! 😕
              Try that again, I think:

              Kao! It doesn’t get flushed into my awa iti, tuahine – hope not anyway. Te wai is clear, oku tuna me oku manu got plenty of natural kai.

              Breezy & grey skies again here too, now. 3 Pooks out in the sun today. All keeping watch on nga mahanga.

              The wind kills your bees?

              (Yeah, I think we’ll call that one a wrap! 👍🏼)

            • Pickled Possum

               /  September 10, 2017

              Well of course it doesnt go out to pook et.al iti awa
              jez gez do you know where yaw waste is going?
              Or is flushing the loo
              the end of your responsibility
              for you. 😂
              Seriously bro town, go google your local sewage plant.
              Report back with the enlightenment of waste in Gezza rohe.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 10, 2017

              We have a gold plated sewage system that cost $20M funded by 600 ratepayers, Possum. Work it out. Do you want one?

            • Gezza

               /  September 10, 2017

              @ Possum
              Don’t start! I’ve got a blimmin headache already!
              I’m hoping it goes out to the Titahi Bay treatment plant. Hiked out that way. I’ll see what I can find out tomorrow.

            • Pickled Possum

               /  September 10, 2017

              @Al Shit! That cost $33 thousand each ratepayer … surely not!
              Not taking the piss I hope.

              Did you pay for the people that come on the cruize boats?

              And NO … keep your gold plated sewage plant
              We should be composting our waste
              keeping it out of the oceans.

            • Patzcuaro

               /  September 11, 2017

              @ Alan it beats getting sick from eating Waikare Inlet oysters

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 11, 2017

              @Possum, yep, that’s what it cost eventually after budgeted to be $6M. And we have pretty much the most comprehensive recycling as well. All my compostable waste is composted and recycling gets split into 3 kinds of glass, 5 kinds of plastic, two kinds of metal, cardboard and paper. What more do you want?

              @Patz, we got that anyway courtesy of the Kawakawa sewage system but denied by the Council.

          • Gezza

             /  September 10, 2017

            @ Possum

            WCC’s website confirms North Welly suburbs’ sewerage is processed/treated through a share arrangement at Porirua City’s treatment plant.

            (Porirua City Council has just updated its website. If I were them I’d be a bit worried that when you type “sewerage” into the search box it brings up:

            Our executive team
            Our leadership team is committed to delivering the vision set by your representatives – the Mayor and Councillors.

            Policies
            Policies are our principles, rules and guidelines. They cover all areas of our work from dogs to psychoactive substances.

            😬

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  5. Pete Kane

     /  September 10, 2017

    Enjoy your ablutions gratefully Doctor, cheap at half the price.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 11, 2017

      It would have been cheap at the promoted 1/5 of the price but sundry incompetencies not least from local greenies escalated the cost to the unaffordable consequences of a permanent special rate burden on our little town. Not sure why you think we should enjoy that. Not many others rushing to join us. Rodney anyone?

      Reply

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