Trevor Mallard as Speaker

Long time Labour MP Trevor Mallard (first elected in 1984, 33 years ago) has achieved his ambition of the last few terms – to become Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives.

Mallard has had a fairly chequered political career. In the past he has been very tribal and combative, but he seems to have mellowed and has tended to keep a lower profile as he worked his way towards the big chair in Parliament.

He probably has as good a knowledge of the rules and customs of Parliament as any MP so is well qualified on that count. He has served as Assistant Speaker for the last term.

Mallard should start as Speaker with a virtual clean slate. He has the necessary knowledge and experience. It will be his temperament and his impartiality that will be tested. We will have to wait and see how well he conducts himself.

From Parliament:  Meet the Speaker of the 52nd Parliament

The Rt Hon. Trevor Mallard, Speaker, 52nd Parliament

The Rt Hon. Trevor Mallard, Speaker, 52nd Parliament
Source: Office of the Clerk, 2017

Candidates for Speaker are nominated and seconded by other MPs. Only one candidate was nominated so an election was not needed and Mr Mallard was declared as Speaker-Elect.

Once declared, Mr Mallard travelled to Government House to be confirmed as Speaker by the Governor-General.

He will be known as The Right Honourable Trevor Mallard.

The Speaker is essential to the running of the House and has to command the respect of all MPs. The New Zealand Speaker is allowed to maintain links with their party (unlike in some other Parliaments), but must not show any preference or disrespect for any political party, for the Government, or the Opposition while chairing proceedings in the House. All MPs must be given a fair opportunity to participate in the business of the House.

28 Comments

  1. Ray

     /  November 8, 2017

    We live in hope, I also had great hopes for Margaret Wilson and look how that turned out.
    Shrill, one eyed harpy.

    • The worst speaker in my memory. Couldn’t have had a more partisan fishwife.

      • Corky

         /  November 8, 2017

        I had no time for the woman. But when I saw how certain Maori treated her, I grudgingly had to feel some sympathy towards her.

        Being called a ”crippled pakeha bitch” wasn’t on in my books. The legacy of that attitude by bully-boy Maori has been Labour keeping their ”House Maori” under permanent lock down.

      • Blazer

         /  November 8, 2017

        Carter the most biased in living memory.

        • Ray

           /  November 8, 2017

          That just proves how short your memory is, not the competence of various Speakers.
          Carter wasn’t as good as Lockward Smith who was outstanding.
          Carter did face a campaign , lead by Mallard and Winston, who though/hoped he would be weak, he wasn’t but he had a hard row to hoe.
          I honestly thought Miss Wilson would be good but unfortunately she wasn’t but if Corky is correct about that abuse maybe we should cut her some slack. Maybe.

          • Gezza

             /  November 8, 2017

            Have to agree. Lockwood Smith was an excellent Speaker. One of the best. Carter was rubbish by comparison. Seemed to waste a lot of his time throwing Winston Peters out of the Chamber.

            Corky’s views on Maori are so ludicrously one-eyed & totally negative I wouldn’t pay them any attention at all. Just another Maori-basher, imo. Thinks everybody fits into the tiny range of stupid boxes he creates in his head.

          • Corky

             /  November 8, 2017

            She got crap, Ray. [deleted] He spends all day( and night) inside and feigns intimate knowledge of Maoridom. He has none from what I’ve seen him write. And what he does write on Maoridom is piss taking in my opinion. So I think we can ascertain who is correct.

            For example, I spoke on how the Labour Party HQ, on election night( 2015). was ruined by too many scruffy Polynesians being invited. And how their cultural practices like beating drums didn’t gel with this very European type of affair.

            I stated Labour needed to do something about that. And they did. This` past election hardly saw a Polynesian in sight.

            Little insights like that elude Gezza and other so-called Maori experts, simply because they don’t know what they are talking about. Nor do they care.

            I was at two Foreshore and Sea Bed meetings where Wilson was badly abused. She received worse than Clark at Waitangi.

            Here’s a photo of a very strong women reduced to tears by a Maori bully(s).

            https://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2016/01/229967/

            Labour consider Maori a necessary evil. Anyone who tells you different is full of bs.

            Over to you, Trevor. Maybe a little karma is coming back your way.

            .

            • Gezza

               /  November 8, 2017

              [Deleted personal targeting. PG]

            • Gezza

               /  November 8, 2017

              I feel a bit hurt now PG. His first paragraph above is a bit on the nose & is not true! o_O

            • Well you should no to address what you think is not true, and not target him personally.

            • Gezza

               /  November 8, 2017

              Righto.
              Ray – this is not true – it’s rubbish.
              Don’t listen to Gezza. He spends all day( and night) inside and feigns intimate knowledge of Maoridom. He has none from what I’ve seen him write. And what he does write on Maoridom is piss taking in my opinion.

              Labour consider Maori a necessary evil. Anyone who tells you different is full of bs.
              More nonsense, in my opinion. But very typical of the sweeping negative comments Corky continually makes about Maori.

              He even loses no opportunity to diss the haka – I mean, really?
              Just saying – big grain of salt – ok?

  2. This will be interesting. Can’t help but like him, being a terrier kind of gal I am

    However the fox, henhouse, poacher,gamekeeper analogies keep popping into my head.

    Good luck to him, he will sure need it

  3. Ray

     /  November 8, 2017

    If he can switch off his natural bias towards his old Party, he has the experience to be very good.

  4. Corky

     /  November 8, 2017

    I hope this ‘bovver boy’ doesn’t beat up any poor hapless Tories in the corridors of power.

    Still, he might be a good pawn for Nationals strategy to completely destroy the Left, especially if he shows bias with his decisions.

  5. Missy

     /  November 8, 2017

    How long before he kicks Winston out? Are we doing a sweep on that. 😀

  6. Zedd

     /  November 8, 2017

    Interesting; Anne Tolley appointed as Dep. Speaker.. another ‘turn for the books’ unlike Natz who only had ‘their own man !’

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