There is little change online to Colin Craig’s appearance as Conservative Party leader, despite him standing down as leader on Friday.
The website displays Craig and Chairman Brian Dobbs media statements from Friday…
…but you have to drill down to see any sign of what happened, and even that is a bit vague. Well onto his statement Craig states that he has offered to stand down only:
1. I have offered to stand down as leader to enable the board to consider the leadership role
Also well into his statement Dobbs says that Craig has actually stood down:
I am grateful to Colin that he stood down to allow the board to explore all possible leadership options going forward.
Despite this the website otherwise still shows Craig as leader. On the Key People page:
Colin Craig is a respected businessman who has founded and run five successful businesses.
The largest of these is Centurion Management Services, which has grown from being a “one man band” to a large employer.
With a strong sense of justice, and a desire to see his country succeed, it was no surprise that Colin became involved in Politics; firstly with local business issues, then with Leaky Homes.
In 2009, shocked at the Government”s refusal to be directed by the Citizens Initiated Referenda supported by over 87% of voters, Colin organised and funded the March for Democracy, seeking to require that our democratically elected Government act democratically. In 2010, Colin became involved with looking into the proposed Auckland Super City merger: running polls, making public comment, and subsequently running for Mayor and achieving third place in the election.
At the end of last year Colin launched The Conservative Party of New Zealand. Never being one to wait for someone else to do something worth doing, Colin subscribes to the philosophy that leadership is action, not position. “If someone is a leader, they are out there serving other people” he says.
According to Colin, true leaders are not the people sitting around talking about it, or the people waving around a badge: “Leaders are the people doing the hard yards, putting other people”s needs above their own.”
The accusations against Craig of sexual harassment make the last statement a bit hollow.
The Contact page still lists Craig as leader.
Name: Colin Craig
Email: Via Press secretary
Cell phone: Via Press secretary
The Vote Conservative Party Facebook timeline has links to Craig’s and Hobb’s statement plus photos of Craig and Hobbs but with no obvious indication what has happened.
They don’t have a generic Conservative Party Twitter account, their website links to Craig’s account.
Again no sign of Craig stepping down as leader. There’s the same links to the media statements from Friday but nothing since and nothing making it clear what the current leadership situation is.
Some things could take time to change, for example the fixed pages on the website. They have promoted the media conference statements, but have changed nothing as a result of the leadership change.
There is no clear sign that Craig is no longer party leader.