So it appears the intended non-partisan deeper engagement with politicians that is the Otago University Vote Chat has been taken over by the National Party.
This is very disappointing as you expect academic independence from universities, not a partisan production.
The 3 Producers are local Nat list MP Michael Woodhouse’s Campaign Manager (James Meager), his partner and another card carrying Nat. They were disappointed with Bryce Edwards raising Woodhouse’s involvement with National Party donor Donghua Liu.
Its independence has been so compromised that interviewer and politics academic Bryce Edwards has quit, and the NZ Herald will no longer live-stream it.
Dr Edwards this morning said “the issue is now one that the union is helping me deal with and I’m a position where I can’t give any further comment.”
From a very promising forum, we now just have a mess of National’s doing.