Dan Bidois on his Northcote win

New MP Dan Bidois has a lot to learn now he has won the Northcote by-election. He will have that chance on the National back bench for at least two years.

Simon Bridges says he will give Bidois some minor responsibilities – his biggest task initially will be coming to grips with being an electorate MP and setting himself up in Northcote.

1 News interviewed Bidois before his win: ‘I have been a fighter my entire life’ – New Zealand’s newest MP Dan Bidois takes out Northcote by-election

“I have been a fighter my entire life. I dropped out of school at 15, found out I had cancer and beat it, completed my butchery apprenticeship, eventually getting mentored to go to University and falling in love with education. Ultimately I went on to win a scholarship and complete my Masters at Harvard.”

“I have had to fight for everything I have achieved in life, and so I want to bring that determination to Northcote and fight for the things that matter locally – improving transport, stopping the fuel tax increases, and getting more investment in local services like health and education.”

He said prior to his victory when asked what issues he would pursue in Parliament, that he was “passionate about education and making sure we’re getting more kids learning good trades. I would like to see more done around apprenticeships”.

The economy has been doing well the last few years, which has lifted incomes and meant the Government can afford to invest more in public services, but we can’t take it for granted. The new Labour-NZ First Government is making a range of changes that will slow that growth down, which is really bad for families. We can’t take good economic management for granted.

There is currently no scheduled vote on abortion or cannabis, but I haven’t seen evidence the current systems aren’t working properly. I would want to study the issues more before I made a decision on these two.

I haven’t read the proposed euthanasia legislation yet. I do have some concerns around it though, in that we have to make sure that there appropriate safeguards so our sick and elderly aren’t abused.

Sounds like he has been well indoctrinated with standard National responses in preparation for the by-election.

Time will tell whether he fights for his own voice and his own views.

 

28 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  June 11, 2018

    love to know more about this…’ I dropped out of school at 15, found out I had cancer and beat it, ‘

    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 11, 2018

      Dan Bidois, a former Auckland high school dropout and cancer survivor is set to become a Harvard scholar.

      Dan Bidois was last night awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to complete a two-year masters in public policy at the university, in Boston, Massachusetts.

      The 27-year-old beat more than 2000 other applicants worldwide.

      Mr Bidois’s academic career had a slow start – he dropped out of high school at 15.

      “I felt really disengaged with high school. I wasn’t getting the stimulation I wanted,” he said.

      A week after leaving school, he was diagnosed with bone cancer and had chemotherapy and an operation to save his leg.

      After recovering, Mr Bidois, who is of Tainui descent, worked as a butcher’s apprentice.

      “There was one guy who was an American, who took a liking to me and pulled me aside and said, ‘Dan, you’ve got a lot of potential, but you need to go and study’.”

      After completing a bridging course at the Manukau Institute of Technology, Mr Bidois was accepted into a commerce degree at the University of Auckland and “never looked back”.

      Mr Bidois plans to study the academic performance of African-American and Hispanic students in US schools, and hopes to use his findings to encourage more Maori and Pacific students to achieve at school and pursue further studies.

      He is the first recipient of the Fulbright-Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Graduate Award.

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10653918

  2. Pickled Possum

     /  June 11, 2018

    He said prior to his victory when asked what issues he would pursue in Parliament, that he was “passionate about education and making sure we’re getting more kids learning good trades. I would like to see more done around apprenticeships”.
    sounds good to me.

    • Traveller

       /  June 11, 2018

      He comes from a truly wonderful family, and I’m privileged to say his Mum Leah is one of the nicest, kindest, got-your-back loyal and reasonable women I know.

      I’m also a great believer in the adage:

      “Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man.”

      ― Aristotle, The Philosophy of Aristotle

      • Blazer

         /  June 11, 2018

        how old was he when he stole the…Mars bar?

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 11, 2018

          Probably the same as George Washington when he axed the apple tree. Feel better now?

          • Blazer

             /  June 11, 2018

            cherry tree…learn something new ,every day…eh Al.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  June 11, 2018

              Since it is mythical anyway does it matter? Who knows which it was?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  June 11, 2018

              Who hasn’t stolen, if not a Mars bar, a pick & mix toffee or toffees ?

              Some people think that it’s theft to use a piece of office paper for your own use.

  3. Blazer

     /  June 11, 2018

    his youthful indescretions included stealing a Mars Bar….there’s 1 strike…

    • Even if he bashed the shopkeeper senseless, raped a bystander and gutted a kitten he wouldn’t have a strike dearie. You want to do a google on the number of convictions required before imprisonment in this country.

      It’s a miracle they’re not twice as full.

      • Blazer

         /  June 11, 2018

        muster went up 20% under.. National.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  June 11, 2018

          Almost all of them gang members – you’d like them released into your care?

          • Blazer

             /  June 11, 2018

            the better more conventional dressed ‘gang members’ seem to escape…imprisonment.

            • Traveller

               /  June 11, 2018

              Coming to a new State house next to a school near you

        • High Flying Duck

           /  June 11, 2018

          “The new Government is deeply troubled by the 30 per cent increase in the prison muster since 2011. But nearly all those additional prisoners are gang members, who are now where they belong.

          The number of gang members in prison has increased by 350 per cent since 2011; from 1051 in April 2011 to 3711 in April 2017 (see graphic). These are violent career criminals getting what they deserve.

          What is important to note is that the number of prisoners without any gang affiliations has barely increased at all since 2011 – by 5 per cent, from 6020 to 6353. That is no crisis.”

          The courts and prisons and the greatly criticised tougher bail law amendments of a few years ago seem to be working as we would expect them to work: locking up as many hardened criminals as they can find and duly convict.

          It would only be expected that tougher bail laws would see many more gang members refused bail and put on remand. Gang membership means a support network to help you skip bail. Those same gang affiliations mean they are career criminals, likely to reoffend, not first-time offenders.”

          https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/104107156/extra-prisoners-are-nearly-all-gang-members–thats-hardly-a-crisis

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 11, 2018

    Sounds like he has been well indoctrinated with standard National responses in preparation for the by-election. Time will tell whether he fights for his own voice and his own views.

    Seems a bit insulting given his background.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 11, 2018

      I thought the same – a very snarky comment.
      His views obviously align with National and he won’t be wanting to rock the boat on day one, but he seems to be his own man.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  June 11, 2018

        He would be likely to join the party whose views were the same as his, surely, who wouldn’t ?

      • Gezza

         /  June 11, 2018

        I think it’s fair comment. His positions on abortion, cannabis & euthanasia sound like they were drafted for him.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 11, 2018

          Since they would almost certainly be conscience votes why would there be a party line? More likely just avoiding taking a position during the campaign reduces the chances of being made a target by political and media opponents.

          • It looks to me like he was carefully schooled to play as safe as possible during the campaign. That’s not unusual for parties to do, it just stands out more when there is just one electorate by-election and both major parties trying to not rock any boats.

          • Blazer

             /  June 11, 2018

            when did National M.P’s get a..conscience?

  5. David

     /  June 11, 2018

    Yawn fest, give up the woe is me didnt I do well rags to riches shit its just boring.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 11, 2018

      Woe is me ? Didn’t I do well ? Where does he say that or anything to that effect ?

  6. Zedd

     /  June 11, 2018

    .. just another Tory/natl backbencher.. in OPPOSITION ! 😀
    enuf sed

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