NZ First party list announced

Yesterday most media attention was on the leak of Winston Peters’ superannuation overpayment, but they also released their full party list.

The top 20:

  1. Rt Hon Winston Peters
  2. Ron Mark
  3. Tracey Martin
  4. Fletcher Tabuteau
  5. Darroch Ball
  6. Clayton Mitchell
  7. Mark Patterson
  8. Shane Jones
  9. Jenny Marcroft
  10. Mahesh Bindra
  11. Pita Paraone
  12. Ria Bond
  13. Denis O’Rourke
  14. David Wilson
  15. Richard Prosser
  16. Jon Reeves
  17. Stu Husband
  18. Andy Foster
  19. Melanie Mark-Shadbolt
  20. Helen Peterson

NZ First currently have 12 MPs. They got 8.66% party vote in the 2014 election.

Key points:

  • 3 newcomers placed ahead of sitting MPs
  • Shane Jones at 8 (requires NZ First vote of about about 6%)
  • Pita Paraone drops 3 places after stepping aside for Jones in Whangarei
  • Richard Prosser drops from 3 to 15
  • Denis O’Rourke drops from 7 to 13
  • 1 female in the top 8, 3 in the top 15

Barbara Stewart, currently NZ First Whip, is not standing again.

Full NZ First list

Details: Our People (does not include non-MP candidates)

NZ First party list

Shane Jones has been placed at 9 on the NZ First party list, which probably outs him behind all the current MPs standing again.

So far named (by RNZ):

  1. Winston Peters
  2. Ron Mark
  3. Tracey Martin
  4. Fletcher Tabuteau
  5. Shane Jones

Jones will need NZ First to get 7.5-8% to get in if he doesn’t win the Whangarei electorate, which looks unlikely.

RNZ:  Shane Jones placed 9th in list ranking

High profile New Zealand First candidate Shane Jones has been ranked at number nine on the party’s list.

New Zealand First Party president Brent Catchpole told Checkpoint with John Campbell there was not any discussion that Mr Jones might like to go higher on the list.

Mr Catchpole said Mr Jones appeared to have no problem being put at number nine.

There are about 57 in total on their list.

TOP announce co-deputy and party list

The Opportunities Party has announced a co-deputy leader and also their party list.

Opportunities Party Announces Teresa Moore Co Deputy Leader

The Opportunities Party East Coast Bays candidate Teresa Moore will join Wellington Central candidate Geoff Simmons as Co Deputy Leader of the Party.

“Teresa is a welcome addition to TOP’s leadership team and will play a vital role on the campaign trail and in Parliament,” says TOP Founder and Leader Gareth Morgan, “With strong credentials in environmental matters and a proven track record in business Teresa is a fantastic addition to our leadership team.”.

“I’m proud to be part of TOP’s leadership team”, says Teresa, “It was already a privilege to be standing alongside a highly skilled group of candidates who believe in the need for real change in New Zealand, to be asked to help lead such a great team of people is an added honour”.

TOP Announces Party List for 2017 General Election

The Opportunities Party is pleased to release its party list for this year’s general election.

TOP will field 26 candidates, 5 are list only, the remaining 21 will be contesting electorates across the country.

TOP founder and leader Gareth Morgan is first on the list followed by deputy leader Geoff Simmons.

Next is East Coast Bays candidate Teresa Moore, list candidate Buddy Mikaere, Rangitata list candidate Olly Wilson, and Hamilton West candidate Donna Pokere-Phillips.

At 7 is Christchurch Central candidate Douglas Hill, and at 8 is sitting Horowhenua District Councillor Piri-Hira Tukapua who at 26, is TOPs youngest female candidate.

“Ranking our outstanding candidates was bloody hard,” Dr Morgan says, “Every one of them is in politics for the right reason, to make real change in people’s lives through promoting innovative policies.”

“They are a group that represents nearly all parts of the New Zealand community in terms of age, ethnicity, gender and profession”.

“What they all have in common is a desire to shake up our political system and make it more than the same old same old being offered by the old establishment parties”.

RANK

1 Gareth Morgan
2 Geoff Simmons : Wellington Central
3 Teresa Moore : East Coast Bays
4 Buddy Mikaere
5 Olly Wilson : Rangitata
6 Donna Pokere-Phillips : Hamilton West
7 Douglas Hill : Christchurch Central
8 Piri-Hira Tukapua : Otaki
9 Nicola Glenjarman : Waimakariri
10 Mika Haka : Auckland Central
11 Nicky Snoyink : Selwyn
12 Richard Warwick : Hutt South
13 Ted Faleauto : Manukau East
14 Abe Gray : Dunedin North
15 Clint Ulyatt : Mt Roskill
16 Dan Thurston : Mt Albert
17 Lesley Immink : East Coast
18 Vanessa Lee
19 Paddy Plunket : Rongotai
20 Brittany Owens : Rodney
21 Matt Isbister : North Shore
22 David Hay
23 Jenny Condie
24 Jessica Hammond Doube : Ohariu
25 Kevin Neill : Waitaki
26 Lindsay Smith : Dunedin South

The full list and biographies are available here.

Greens won’t let Graham back on list

The Green Party has decided to not let Kennedy Graham come back onto the Green Party list.

Green party declines Kennedy Graham’s request to be a green candidate in the 2017 election

Yesterday the Green Party’s executive met to consider Green MP Kennedy Graham’s request to be considered for re-entry into the Party’s candidate list for the 2017 general election.

After careful consideration of the facts and Kennedy’s submission the Executive concluded that he had breached the Party’s Candidate Code of Conduct in a serious manner, and therefore decided to exclude Mr Graham from the Party’s pool.

The divisions continue. This will make it hard to repair the considerable damage done already.

Green list more dominated by females

Now Kennedy Graham and David Clendon have withdrawn from the Green party list others have been shuffled up. Here is their new list:

Green Party list:

  1. TUREI, Metiria
  2. SHAW, James
  3. DAVIDSON, Marama
  4. GENTER, Julie Anne
  5. SAGE, Eugenie
  6. HUGHES, Gareth
  7. LOGIE, Jan
  8. SWARBRICK, Chloe
  9. GHAHRAMAN, Golriz
  10. MATHERS, Mojo
  11. COATES, Barry
  12. MCDONALD, Jack
  13. HART, John
  14. ROCHE, Denise
  15. HOLT, Hayley
  16. CROSSEN, Teall
  17. TUIONO, Teanau
  18. TAMU, Leilani
  19. Lawrey, Matt
  20. Kerekere, Elizabeth

While normally the Greens claim their party operates under democratic principles and processes James Shaw announced this list change last night. There was no time for input from the wider party.

In the past the Greens also promoted their principles of gender balance.

Of the top 10 on the list, eight are female.

One of those, Gareth Hughes, is virtually invisible these days.

The other, co-leader James Shaw, has chosen to totally back Turei and boot Kennedy and Clendon up the bum as they leave.

Thirteen of the top 20 are female.

If they get the same number of MPs back into Parliament (this now looks unlikely) 9 of 14 will be female, 5 will be male.

The Green Party website has been updated with the changes: Our People

The socialist sisterhood seems to be taking over the Green Party.

Ardern tweaks Labour portfolios

Jacinda Ardern has tweaked the responsibilities of the Labour caucus – this close to an election major changes would have been pointless and disruptive, so minor changes make sense.

Labour Caucus portfolios reallocated

Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern has announced a minor reallocation of Labour spokesperson portfolios.

The new responsibilities are:

  • Jacinda Ardern: Security and Intelligence, retains Children, Arts Culture and Heritage
  • Andrew Little: Justice, Small Business, ACC, retains New Economy
  • Grant Robertson: Assoc. Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Carmel Sepuloni: Assoc. Children
  • Adrian Rurawhe: Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
  • Nanaia Mahuta: Assoc. Māori Development

All other existing portfolio responsibilities remain the same.

It’s standard for the Leader of the Opposition to be responsible for Security and Intelligence. And being a lawyer Little is a logical Justice spokesperson.

The pecking order has also just been rearranged slightly. I think Andrew Little has been slotting in where Kelvin Davis had been.

They party list will need to be changed with Ardern elevated obviously, and Davis added (all Maori electorate MPs opted out of the list).

Here is the current order as per the Labour website, with their list position in brackets:

  1. Jacinda Ardern (2)
  2. Kelvin Davis (Maori)
  3. Grant Robertson (3)
  4. Phil Twyford (4)
  5. Megan Woods (5)
  6. Chris Hipkins (6)
  7. Andrew Little (1)
  8. Carmel Sepuloni (7)
  9. David Clark (8)
  10. David Parker (9)
  11. Nanaia Mahuta (Maori)
  12. Stuart Nash (10)
  13. Meka Whatiri (Maori)
  14. Ian Lees-Galloway (13)
  15. Aupito Su’a William Sio (15)
  16. Sue Moroney (retiring)
  17. Damien O’Connor (17)
  18. Kris Faafoi (19)
  19. Jenny Salesa (18)
  20. Peeni Henare (Maori)
  21. Clare Curran (22)
  22. Adrian Rurawhe (Maori)
  23. Annette King (retiring)
  24. Trevor Mallard (32)
  25. Ruth Dyson (23)
  26. Rino Tirikatene (Maori)
  27. Poto Williams (24)
  28. Lousia Wall (25)
  29. Clayton Cosgrove (retiring)
  30. Michael Wood (26)
  31. Raymond Huo (12)

On current polling the top 12 or so might make it into a Cabinet if Labour form a coalition and allocations are proportional. Just 4 of the top 12 are female, and 7 of the top 20.

National party list 2017

The National Party has just released it’s party list for the 2017 election.

National’s 2017 Party List is a strong mix of experienced talent and fresh faces, Party President Peter Goodfellow says.

“National is incredibly lucky to have so many capable people we can draw on, from our Leader and Prime Minister Bill English right through to our newest candidates.

“Putting together a list is never easy, but this strikes the right balance between recognising experience, diversity, and pursuing ongoing renewal.”

The current Cabinet and Speaker David Carter make up spots one through 21, with existing MPs and new candidates following that. If National matched its result from 2014, 13 new MPs would enter Parliament alongside 47 returning MPs.

“Rejuvenation is important for any political party, and National is going into this election with some fantastic new candidates. We are also farewelling some very dedicated MPs who have served their constituents, our party and the country with distinction,” Mr Goodfellow says.

“This is National’s most diverse list ever. We’re incredibly proud to represent New Zealanders from all walks of life, with a range of ethnicities and backgrounds. We’ve got businesspeople, teachers, farmers, community advocates, scientists, and a pilot – just to name a few.

“National is working hard to build a strong economy so we can afford to invest in the things that matter to New Zealanders, like training more teachers, investing in health services, building more schools and roads, and boosting family incomes.

“Every MMP election is very close. All of our candidates will be campaigning hard to ensure National gets a strong Party Vote result so we can keep delivering for New Zealanders.

“The only way to secure another strong, National-led Government and avoid a chaotic Labour/Greens/New Zealand First coalition is by Party Voting National, and that’s what all of our candidates and volunteers will be focused on over the next eight weeks.”

National’s 2017 List

1 Bill English List
2 Paula Bennett Upper Harbour
3 David Carter List
4 Steven Joyce List
5 Gerry Brownlee Ilam
6 Simon Bridges Tauranga
7 Amy Adams Selwyn
8 Jonathan Coleman Northcote
9 Chris Finlayson Rongotai
10 Michael Woodhouse Dunedin North
11 Anne Tolley East Coast
12 Nathan Guy Otaki
13 Nikki Kaye Auckland Central
14 Todd McClay Rotorua
15 Nick Smith Nelson
16 Judith Collins Papakura
17 Maggie Barry North Shore
18 Paul Goldsmith Epsom
19 Louise Upston Taupo
20 Alfred Ngaro Te Atatu
21 Mark Mitchell Rodney
22 Nicky Wagner Christchurch Central
23 Jacqui Dean Waitaki
24 David Bennett Hamilton East
25 Tim Macindoe Hamilton West
26 Scott Simpson Coromandel
27 Jami-Lee Ross Botany
28 Barbara Kuriger Taranaki-King Country
29 Matt Doocey Waimakariri
30 Brett Hudson Ohariu
31 Melissa Lee Mt Albert
32 Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi Manukau East
33 Jian Yang List
34 Parmjeet Parmar Mt Roskill
35 Jonathan Young New Plymouth
36 Joanne Hayes Christchurch East
37 Ian McKelvie Rangitikei
38 Simon O’Connor Tamaki
39 Andrew Bayly Hunua
40 Chris Bishop Hutt South
41 Sarah Dowie Invercargill
42 Nuk Korako Port Hills
43 Todd Muller Bay of Plenty
44 Maureen Pugh West Coast Tasman
45 Shane Reti Whangarei
46 Alastair Scott Wairarapa
47 Stuart Smith Kaikoura
48 Nicola Willis Wellington Central
49 Agnes Loheni Mangere
50 Paulo Garcia New Lynn
51 Matt King Northland
52 David Hiatt Wigram
53 Matthew Gregory Dunedin South
54 Adrienne Pierce Palmerston North
55 David Elliott Napier
56 Katrina Bungard Manurewa
57 Bala Beeram Kelston
58 Carolyn O’Fallon Rimutaka
59 Euon Murrell Mana
60 Simeon Brown Pakuranga
61 Andrew Falloon Rangitata
62 Harete Hipango Whanganui
63 Denise Lee Maungakiekie
64 Chris Penk Helensville
65 Erica Stanford East Coast Bays
66 Tim Van de Molen Waikato
67 Lawrence Yule Tukituki
68 TO BE CONFIRMED Clutha-Southland
69 Sarah Jo Barley List
70 Lisa Whyte List
71 Linda Cooper List
72 Dan Bidois List
73 Rahul Sirigiri List
74 Hadleigh Reid List
75 Graham Collins List

ACT Party list 2017

letedACT announced their party list. It is relatively young and the top 10 is 50/50 gender-wise.

Only 3 of the top 10 were on ACT’s list in 2014. Seymour was electorate only and didn’t stand on the list.

The 2017 list:

1 – DAVID SEYMOUR – Epsom (electorate only, not on list in 2014)
David Seymour, Leader of ACT and Member of Parliament for Epsom, is the only millennial party leader in Parliament. Since 2014, Seymour has served as Parliamentary Under Secretary for the Ministry of Education in the National-led Government. His End of Life Choice Bill was drawn for debate this past June.

2 – BETH HOULBROOKE – Rodney (2 in 2014)
Beth, ACT’s candidate for Rodney, is currently elected as Chair of the Rodney Local Board (Auckland Council). She has twice been elected into local government in 2013 and 2016. Beth has stood for ACT in two previous elections as well as serving on the Board for ACT New Zealand for the past four years and member since the Party’s conception.

3 – BROOKE VAN VELDEN – Auckland Central
Brooke Van Velden, ACT’s candidate for Auckland Central, is a public relations and corporate affairs consultant with Exceltium, an Auckland based PR firm. She holds a joint Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce degrees, majoring in economics, international trade, politics, and international relations from the University of Auckland. Brooke is an avid singer and currently resides in the city.

4 – BHUPINDER SINGH – Manakau East
Bhupinder Singh, ACT’s candidate for Manakau East, played professional cricket for the Auckland Aces from 2008-2013 and represented New Zealand A on their 2010 tour in Zimbabwe.  He is currently head coach of the Papatoetoe Cricket Club. Bhupinder is also an executive at Ray White Real Estate.

5 – STEPHEN BERRY – East Coast Bays (6 in 201)
Stephen Berry, ACT’s East Coast Bays candidate, has worked in the retail industry for 20 years and is currently employed in senior management for Countdown Supermarkets. Stephen has previously ran as an ACT candidate in 2014 and as the Affordable Auckland candidate in the 2013 Mayoral race, finishing in third place. Stephen lives with his partner of nine years, John in Forest Hill.

6 – STUART PEDERSON – Tauranga
Stuart Pedersen, ACT’s candidate for Tauranga, is a private investor with a background in economics and investment field. He is passionate about sailing and is an active volunteer with the Bay of Plenty Sailing Academy Trust. Stuart and his wife, Pamela, currently reside in Mt Maunganui.

7 – ANNEKA CARLSON – New Plymouth
Anneka Carlson, ACT’s candidate for New Plymouth, a small health and fitness business owner and is currently studying for her business law degree. She also holds a diploma from AUT in health and fitness. Previously, Anneka spent two years as a Police Officer in west Auckland. Anneka is a passionate advocate for animal welfare, serving on the board of the North Taranaki SPCA.  Along with the Cancer Society, Anneka runs a support group for men suffering with cancer.

8 – SHAN NG – Mana
Shan Ng, ACT’s candidate for Mana, is a commercial lawyer with a background in the ICT and telecommunication procurement and commercial sector. She holds a law degree from Cardiff University and has been admitted to the bar as barrister and solicitor in three jurisdictions, Malaysia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Shan is fluent in four languages, including Cantonese, Malay, and Mandarin.

9 – SAM PURCHAS – Dunedin North
Sam Purchas, ACT’s candidate for Dunedin North, is a student at Otago University, studying a double major in microbiology and chemistry. Sam is the President of ACT on Campus and is heavily involved in the performing arts.

10 – TONI SEVERIN – Christchurch East (11 in 2014)
Toni Severin, ACT’s candidate for Christchurch East, is a small business owner. She previously spent fourteen years working for the Canterbury Health Laboratories and holds a QTA in Immunology. Toni previously ran as an ACT candidate in 2008, 2011, and 2014 in Christchurch and currently serves on the Board of ACT New Zealand.

11 Grae O’Sullivan Rimutaka
12 Richard Evans Kaikoura
13 James McDowall Hamilton East
14 Richard Wells New Lynn
15 Michael Warren Wellington Central
16 Andi Moore Ohariu
17 Andy Parkins Hutt South
18 Colin Anderson Whanganui
19 Bruce Carley Bay of Plenty
20 Tom Corbett Rangitata
21 Brian Davidson Selwyn
22 Alan Davidson List only
23 Dan Doughty Dunedin South
24 Alex Evans Helensville
25 Paul Gilbert Ilam
26 Roger Greenslade Wairarapa
27 Deleted as requested
28 Stuart Hawkins Waimakariri
29 Bruce Haycock Northcote
30 Paul Hufflett Nelson
31 Nick Kearney North Shore
32 Tim Kronfeld Upper Harbour
33 Michael Milne Tamaki
34 Joe Misselbrook List only
35 Craig Nelson Northland
36 Joshua Perry List only
37 Vineet Shiriwastow Coromandel
38 Satnam (Sam) Singh Manurewa
39 Anthony Smith Hunua
40 Chris Sole Rongotai
41 Neil Wilson Rangitikei

The ACT Board has ranked candidates 1-19, the remainder are listed alphabetically.

http://act.org.nz/act-unveils-party-list/

UPDATE: the ACT website page linked to now only has their top 10. One person has requested they be removed from the list.

ACT Party list defector

Party list announcements can be fraught affairs. Not everyone’s ambitions can be satisfied. And so it has happened over ACT’s party list.

NZ Herald: Act Party deputy Kenneth Wang resigns over list ranking, party direction

Act Party stalwart and deputy leader Kenneth Wang has pulled out of the party list and resigned as deputy leader just hours before its line-up of candidates for the election was due to be announced.

Wang said his decision was partly because of the place he was given on the list, but also because the party had moved away from policies that attracted him to it in the first place, including on tougher sentencing and ‘one law for all.’

Wang has been with Act since 2002 and was an MP between 2004 and 2005 after Donna Awatere Huata left. He was elected deputy leader in April 2014 and was second the party list in the last election.

His decision was “partially” because of where he was placed on the list – as the deputy leader he had expected to be second. “I told them I should be high or not on it at all. But they have different priorities.”

Act leader David Seymour said Wang had not expressed any unhappiness with the party’s direction until he withdrew.

I expect there will be more disappointment with individual placements on the list.

Wang said his decision was not a sign of no confidence in Seymour, but the party had changed under that leadership. “I think David has a new style and reflects a new generation.”

There also be general disappointment that one disgruntled person has pre-empted the announcement (that ACT has been talking up for a couple of days)  by going public with their disappointment in advance.

The party list will be released at 2pm. Seymour said of the top ten, the average age was 36 years old, half were women and they spoke about seven languages between them.

ACT Party list here.

 

Soon to be new MP Golriz Ghahraman

Similar to new National and Labour candidates being chosen to stand in safe electorates, Green Party candidates given a good position on their list are virtually guaranteed of becoming MPs.

The top 12 Green candidates are close to assured of making the cut, with a few more likely. They currently have 14 MPs and should get somewhere around that again, give or take a couple.

One interesting candidate given an almost certain slot at 10 on the finalised list is Golriz Ghahraman.

Newshub details Ten things you need to know about Golriz Ghahraman

  1. She gets accusations about terrorism directed at her
  2. She’s a former refugee, and fled Iran with her family without telling anyone
  3. She’s a lawyer and has worked for the United Nations
  4. She’s not a hippie and doesn’t wear weird sandals
  5. She has a vivid memory of the moment she arrived in New Zealand
  6. She’s dating comedian and television personality Guy Williams
  7. She has a Masters degree from Oxford University
  8. She’s not good at everything
  9. She says the Greens are the only party she wanted to be part of
  10. She’s going to become New Zealand’s first ever former refugee MP

That she and her family were refugees is only relevant in that it will give her a bit of a different perspective on some things.

I think she is a very good addition the the Green line-up and should be a good MP, if she adapts to the job and way of life ok.

Would she make it more likely I would vote for the Greens? No – she is likely to get in anyway, and for me a Green vote would be based more on the leaders, on who might make it into Cabinet if Greens get to be part of a coalition, and what policies they might push for and succeed in putting into place.