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Who will be National’s Tauranga candidate

Written By: - Date published: 8:18 am, March 29th, 2022 - 66 comments

National is opening up nominations for the Tauranga by election today.  The Standard reviews some potential candidates for the seat.

The Tauranga by election

Written By: - Date published: 7:55 am, March 16th, 2022 - 67 comments

By elections are at the best of times dramatic events.  Given current circumstances and a well funded although deeply unpopular anti vaccine movement and the likely candidacy of Winston Peters the Tauranga by election is likely to be a circus.

MAFS Botany

Written By: - Date published: 7:45 am, October 17th, 2018 - 36 comments

The Botany by-election is an opportunity for National to woo a future party leader. There’s an obvious candidate if the Tories have the nerve to propose.

Ross resigns, to lay corrupt practices complaint against Bridges with police

Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, October 16th, 2018 - 171 comments

Jamie-Lee Ross will seek to win a by-election as an independent. Says that Simon Bridges is corrupt and unlikeable and that he could prove it.  Refutes Simon Bridges claim against him of harassment of women. Said the by-election would be a referendum on Bridges’ leadership. Updated: Simon Bridges responds – what he doesn’t say is more interesting

 

Boilover in Northcote?

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, June 5th, 2018 - 57 comments

With five days to go the Northcote by election result is far from settled.  And a surprise may be on the cards.

Doofus of the week May 12, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, May 12th, 2018 - 62 comments

There was intense competition this week.  Paula Bennett with her attack on Jacinda’s Spotify playlist almost won but Northcote candidate Dan Bidois succeeded for managing to talk out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and only confusing his tongue.

The strange and unusual National Campaign Launch for the Northcote by election

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, May 7th, 2018 - 52 comments

Dan Bidois has formally launched his campaign by blaming Auckland Council for the last Government’s shortcomings, and opposing the regional fuel tax while at the same time insisting that if there is intensification then it needs to be paid for.

The Northcote by-election

Written By: - Date published: 7:59 am, April 17th, 2018 - 86 comments

Labour and National have both selected their candidates for the Northcote by election.  Labour’s candidate is Shanan Halbert who cut significantly into Jonathan Coleman’s majority at the last election.

Auckland Council by election hypocrisy alert

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, January 22nd, 2018 - 13 comments

The National candidate for the Maungakiekie Tamaki Auckland Council by election is complaining that if the Labour candidate wins it will trigger a costly by election. But he is ignoring the fact that the three current by elections have all been caused by National endorsed local government representatives resigning.

The Mt Albert By election

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 25th, 2017 - 80 comments

It is election day today in Mt Albert for the successor to David Shearer.

Comments are open.

Mt Albert – the left and the right

Written By: - Date published: 11:29 am, February 24th, 2017 - 80 comments

All the best to all candidates, and thank you to Julie Anne Genter and Jacinda Ardern for showing us all such a model of cooperation.

Morgan in Mt Albert

Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, February 1st, 2017 - 58 comments

Via NewsHub: Gareth Morgan and his party to contest Mt Albert by-election?

Mt Albert – a friendly by-election

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, January 23rd, 2017 - 61 comments

Campaigning is underway in Mt Albert. Looks like it will be a very different kind of by election.

Julie Anne Genter to stand in Mt Albert by-election

Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, January 13th, 2017 - 39 comments

Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter will be standing in the Mount Albert by-election to be held on 25 February

Nats not contesting Mt Albert

Written By: - Date published: 2:47 pm, December 19th, 2016 - 120 comments

Bill’s National is out of steam already.

Labour landslide – media roundup

Written By: - Date published: 6:12 am, December 4th, 2016 - 169 comments

Audrey Young: “The Labour leader has described the win as ‘a bloody nose for National’. It is more like a bloody nose, a black eye and broken jaw.”

Update: As of 11am not a single story on Mt Roskill appears on the online front pages of either The Herald or Stuff. What a surprise!

Mt Roskill by election

Written By: - Date published: 4:35 am, December 3rd, 2016 - 167 comments

Today is the day of the Mt Roskill by election. No discussion or comments on the subject will be allowed until after voting closes at 7:00 PM. Then you can knock yourselves out …

Key “concedes” Mt Roskill by election

Written By: - Date published: 6:39 am, December 2nd, 2016 - 21 comments

Key says he expects National to lose in Mt Roskill – under the bus for Parmjeet Parmar. He won’t be attending the wake either, and he spins another lie just for good measure.

By-election: Michael vs Fia?

Written By: - Date published: 1:03 pm, December 1st, 2016 - 36 comments

Whose going to be added Parliament on Saturday?  It should be Michael Wood, but his competition is Misa Fia Turner, who looks an even worse candidate than Parmjeet Parmar.

Meanwhile, Parmjeet is trying to claim she’s the local one!

Nat allegations about Michael Wood a pack of lies

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, November 12th, 2016 - 25 comments

I trust the truth will be reported by all the media that reported the lies.

Deficient newshrub

Written By: - Date published: 3:22 pm, November 7th, 2016 - 23 comments

According to the deficient newshrub on Saturday night there was a distinct lack of support from Labour for the Mt Roskill campaign. In reality 4 buses carrying more than 200 door-knockers including all the Labour MPs other than Little, went to Mt Roskill on Saturday afternoon.

All the best to Michael Wood, who got a great reception on the doorstop.

Mt Roskill by election – cooperating parties cooperate shock!

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 31st, 2016 - 96 comments

If Phil Goff wins the Auckland mayoralty there will be a by-election in Mt Roskill. Building on their MOU, Labour and the Greens may cooperate. Good!

Polity: Hide / Farrar / Hooton: “Hey, look over there!

Written By: - Date published: 3:25 pm, May 4th, 2015 - 51 comments

“The shrillness of the “hey look over there!” narrative coming from the right-hand-side shows just how deep the embarrassment within National is at the Northland campaign and result.”

Ten Bridges Too Far

Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, April 17th, 2015 - 18 comments

With Crosby Textor by his side, John Key has since learned to employ all manner of specialist PR techniques including ad homs, blame-shifting, distraction,  use of Dirty Politics proxies to defuse the situation, and false equivalence, all woven together in an intricately performed semantic shuffle designed to  provide wiggle room for when he does get caught.

Bait and switch

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 pm, March 30th, 2015 - 64 comments

Congratulations to Labour for a very clever strategy in the Northland by-election – lulling and gulling John Key into thinking they were going to run a conventional proxy-partyvote campaign, where National would have the upper hand.  Key, the rockstar politician, also thought Andrew Little would be on the training wheels.  He got that badly wrong; Little’s handling was superb.

Twelve mistakes National made in Northland

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, March 30th, 2015 - 86 comments

There are many specific reasons why National lost Northland, but arrogance is the thread running through all of them.

Some random thoughts on the Northland result

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, March 29th, 2015 - 62 comments

Winston Peters’ win in Northland yesterday was based on turnout that was significantly higher than turnout for any other recent by election.  And occurred in no small part because of some adept handling of messaging of support by Andrew Little.

By-elections are FPP

Written By: - Date published: 10:38 pm, March 28th, 2015 - 25 comments

Paddy Gower and Duncan Garner don’t understand our electoral system: “that’s MMP”. By-elections are pure First Past the Post – and that’s why Andrew Little didn’t need to do a deal, and Northland doesn’t stink like Epsom.

Random observations

Written By: - Date published: 9:27 pm, March 28th, 2015 - 19 comments

A selection of the wit and wisdom of Twitter tonight. Compare and contrast the Labour and National leaders.

Winston takes Northland

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 pm, March 28th, 2015 - 310 comments

Is anyone else experiencing a bit of political shellshock?

Tremain on Northland

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, March 27th, 2015 - 15 comments

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