Trans Tasman: best and worst of Labour

Stuff reports on Trans Tasman’s annual assessment of political performances in Trans-Tasman roll call – the best and worst of the 2015 political year.

Here are Labour MP assessments and ratings.

Labour fares little better, with transTasman saying it is still reeling from electoral defeat and Andrew Little’s ascension to the top job.

“He is battling to get his caucus behind him and to an extent has succeeded, but there are still many in the party’s ranks who should be looking to their futures – Clayton Cosgrove, David Cunliffe, David Parker and Trevor Mallard should all be looking for new jobs.”

Top five – Labour

Annette King – 6.5/10

Struggles to shake off the mantle of the 90s but is still a dominant force in the party. Labour will need her experience heading into a tough election in 2017.

Andrew Little – 6/10

Making a good first of the leadership, getting his MPs on side and on message. Still not using all his MPs strengths to full advantage. Polls need to move quickly and needs better advice.

Kelvin Davis – 6/10

Gets up the PM’s nose and has a social conscience… ready to be thrown into the attack and relishing it.

Chris Hipkins – 6/10

If Labour ever gets back into power, he will be at the top table.

Phil Twyford 6/10

Another of the young Labour stars who has worked his heart out on housing and transport issues. Deserves a big role in the next Labour Government.

Bottom five – Labour

Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene – 2/10

Another MP going nowhere fast. No prospect of advancement.

Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson – 2/10

Another Labour MP on her last legs. Needs to move on.

Mangere MP Su’a William Sio -2.5/10

His role is to deliver the Pacific Island vote and as long as he is there he probably will

List MP Clayton Cosgrove, Mana MP Kris Faafoi, Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare, List MP Sue Moroney, Manukau East MP Jenny Salesa, Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri  – 3/10

Cosgrove is “a shadow of his old self” and on the outer – probably time to go, says trans-Tasman. Of the others, it says Faafoi had promise, but is yet to deliver, Moroney has worked hard but “it’s not enough”, Salesa has talent but hasn’t shown it and Henare has had no memorable moments so far.

As for National their deputy ranks ahead of Labour’s leader, showing how important a capable deputy leader is.

No sign of Jacinda Ardern in the top five (nor the bottom ranks). She is rated 5/10:

Has done a good job of corralling the Auckland youth vote. Too close to Grant Robertson to have Deputy Leader aspirations. Didn’t deserve “pretty little thing” comment, but hasn’t exactly mastered her shadow portfolios. Still polled as 4th best preferred PM.

Grant Robertson should be worried about his rating, down from 6.5 to 4.

Floundering in the finance role, with generalised comments exposing his lack of knowledge. Isn’t making the traction he should and is relying on his cronies like David Clark too much to fill in the gaps. Not doing his party any favours.

It’s notable that for a party that puts some importance on gender balance apart from King who seems to be there for her long experience and ability to keep the caucus out of mishief the rest of the top performers are all male.

There’s more gender equality in the bottom perfomers.

It should be a major concern for Labour that their are 9 MPs rated 2-3 out of 10. That’s nearly a third of their caucus. The rest just about all have to make the shadow Cabinet being announced today.

Only 7 Labour MPs rate 5 or better. That’s also a major concern.

Trans-Tasman 2015 MP roll call

Blog rankings – March

Whale Oil Beef Hooked

  • September: visits 3,716,364 page views 5,309,045
  • October: visits 2,008,487 page views 3,275,031
  • November: visits 1,776,421 page views 2,981,810
  • December: visits 1,764,050 page views 2,999,841
  • January 2015: visits 1,549,207 page views 2,771,035
  • February 2015: visits 1,697,269 page views 2,947,932
  • March 2015: visits 1,497,906 page views 2,669,703

A surprise to see that down. Last month ‘Whaleoil Staff’ posted: “February is always the last month of slow results”. March may have been affected by cricket (but there were busy comments on cricket posts) and boxing distractions.


  • September: visits 695,190 page views 1,093,806
  • October: visits 373,637 page views 604,405
  • November: visits 301,119 page views 522,519
  • December: visits 278,787 page views 515,827
  • January 2015: visits 232,512 page views 447,489
  • February 2015: visits 299,472 page views 541,919
  • March 2015: visits 322,036 page views 579,501

In comparison that’s up a bit, and the highest since October/November.

The Standard

  • September: visits 429,438 page views 868,342
  • October: visits 255,449 page views 561,703
  • November: visits 194,646 page views 431,100
  • December: visits 182,211 page views 392,090
  • January 2015: 163,164 page views 356,129
  • February 2015: 189,833 page views 417,128
  • March 2015: 232,651 page views 490,905

Little cricket, no boxing but the by-election will have helped lift here significantly.

The Daily Blog

  • September: visits 504,304 page views 813,779
  • October: visits 210,877 page views 347,647
  • November: visits 160,716 page views 259,736
  • December: visits 126,534 page views 203,1264
  • January 2015: 116,155 page views 188,868
  • February 121,994 page views 205,870
  • March 163,445 page views 274,075

Some recovery there after a post=election slump.

Note that these are a rough measure. They can be useful to monitor trends on a blog but the value of comparing blogs is debatable.

Sitemeter can vary significantly from other measures. For example No Minister was ranked 11 with 23,215 page views but their own counter shows:

Last 30 Days Pageviews

Sparkline 92,048

The 30 day count was similar yesterday. That’s a huge difference to Open Parachute.

Note: not all blogs supply Open Parachute with site statistics, notably Public Address and Pundit.

Open Parachute sitemeter rankings:

Blog rankings – Open Parachute and Alexa

Open Parachute ranks blogs using Sitemeter data. It ranks by visitor numbers but also shows page views. But it only includes blogs that advise it of their use of Sitemeter.

Here are the Open Parachute rankings with another measure, Alexa, that ranks the ‘popularity’ of websites. Here I’ve added the Alexa New Zealand ranking (they also have a world ranking). Some blogs are not ranked in New Zealand, and those using Blogspot without their own URL aren’t ranked.

  1. Whale oil beef hooked – NZ 141 global 62,870
  2. Kiwiblog – NZ 273 global 126,932
  3. The Standard – NZ 1,508 global 370,486
  4. Transport Blog – NZ 597 global 229,823
  5. The Daily Blog – NZ 2,519 global 384,979
  6. Liturgy – global 131,977
  7. NewZealglobal 8,926,946 (Blogspot)
  8. The Dim-Post – global 1,017,602
  9. Offsetting Behaviour – global 5,024,570 (Blogspot)
  10. No Right Turn – global 7,221,272  (Blogspot)
  11. Throng New Zealand – global 639,648
  12. No Minister – no individual rank
  13. Fields of Blood – global 6,852,026
  14. Music of sound – global 1,245,973
  15. Homepaddock – global 3,260,297 (WordPress)
  16. 13th Floor – global 3,183,648
  17. The REAL Steve Gray – global 1,356,077
  18. Liberation – global 2,018,066
  19. Keith Johnson Wellington NZ – global 16,448,546 (blogspot)
  20. MandM – global 3,149,344
  21. Hot Topic – global 1,791,224
  22. TVHE – global 3,349,046
  23. Imperator Fish – NZ 6,245 global 1,768,443
  24. Right Reason – global 3,332,347
  25. Open Parachute – global 1,552,518

The Blogspot global ranks look out of synch with other rankings. Online discussions suggest there can be a lot of variation between different site statistic counters.

Blogs not ranked by Open Parachute:

  • Public Address – NZ 3,773 global 532,328
    (that’s interesting because Russell puts their visits/pageviews around Standard/Daily Blog)
  • Sciblogs – global 754,845
  • Pundit – global 956,626
  • The Conservative – NZ 4,564 global 1,075,470
  • Your NZ – NZ 7,049 global 1,339,526
  • Whoar (Phil Ure) Global 6,017,010

Other blogs that come to mind are Lindsay Mitchell, Bat-Bean-Beam, NZ Conservative are not ranked separately.

The Greens Frog Blog is part of it’s website which ranks global 554,191 but oddly it’s country rank is for India.

While they may or may not be directly comparable if WordPress statistics are similar to Sitemeter (WordPress say they count differently) then YourNZ would be in the top 20 for visits and the top 10 for page views.

This doesn’t take into account other active forums like Reddit and Trade Me.

New Zealand ranks on Alexa for media

Open Parachute: NZ Blog Rankings FAQ

Labour rankings

avid Shearer is yet to reshuffle his caucus after the demotion of David Cunliffe, but the Labour MPs have been reshuffled on the Labour website. It’s interesting to see how they are grouped there – their apparent ranking is compared to their ranking as per Shearer’s assigned portfolios on 19 December 2011.

Page 1

1. David Shearer 2. Grant Robertson
3. David Parker 4. Jacinda Ardern
5. Clayton Cosgrove +1 6. Shane Jones +1
7. Nanaia Mahuta +1 8. Maryan Street +1
9. Su’a William Sio +1 10. Phil Twyford +1

Page 2

11. Trevor Mallard +1 12. Charles Chauvel +1
13. Lianne Dalziel +1 14. Chris Hipkins +1
15. Phil Goff +1 16. Annette King +1
17. Darien Fenton +1 18. Damien O’Oconnor +1
19. Clare Curran +1 20. Ruth Dyson +1

Cunliffe had been ranked 5 so he has been dropped out and everyone below him simply shuffled up one.

Page 3

Rankings weren’t assigned below twenty but they were placed in a specific order so I’m adding numbers.

21. Parekura Horomia 22. David Cunliffe -17
23. Sue Moroney 24. Moana Mackey
25. Iain Lees-Galloway 26. Raymond Huo
27. Rajen Prassad 28. Kris Faafoi
29. Louisa Wall 30. David Clark

David Cunliffe hasn’t been demoted to the bottom, he’s gone down 17 to 22. He is placed amongst allies here. Wall and Clark are positioned at the bottom of this page because they are firsdt term MPs.

Page 4

31. Andrew Little 32. Rini Titikatene
33. Megan Woods 34. Ross Robertson

The rest of the first term MPs plus Robertson.

It will be interesting to seew which (if any) of the first term MPs get promoted now they have had a chance to prove themselves.