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Christine Rankin is standing in Epsom

Written By: - Date published: 10:13 am, August 4th, 2014 - 86 comments
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The Epsom seat may be the difference between National winning or losing the next election.  So the recent announcement that Christine Rankin will be standing there adds an extra degree of chaos which National may or may not appreciate.

She declared confidently this morning on Morning Report that she will win the seat but I regret that her confidence is misplaced.  She referred to Conservative Party polling and said that the results gave her a chance of winning.  She declined to release the numbers.  She also claimed that ACT does not have a chance of winning.

I sensed a large amount of bravado in what Rankin said.  The decision is a long shot, obviously the Conservatives think that they can beat a John Key message to the voters of Epsom to support ACT and somehow come through the centre.  To be honest barring some sort of divine intervention there is not a chance that she will win.  But she may affect the election in a way that I suspect is not intended.

There are three main groups of voters in the Epsom seat, National supporters who are willing to give their electorate vote to ACT, National voters who are not willing to give their electorate vote to ACT even if this means that they have to vote for Paul Goldsmith and Labour and Green voters, most of who would rather walk on broken glass than vote for anyone but their candidate.  There are other groups such as people who actually support ACT but for current purposes I think that these can be ignored.

How much will Christine Rankin appeal to these groups?  Briefly very little, some, and none whatsoever.  National supporters willing to vote for the ACT candidate are obviously doing this at the request of John Key.  Rankin and the Conservative party will have little if no appeal to them and I doubt she will be able to shift them.  National supporters not willing to shift may be more likely to support Rankin, particularly those with a deeply conservative possibly religious view of the world.  The number of Labour and Green supporters who would vote for Rankin you can probably count on the fingers of one hand.  The best that can be hoped is that they will hold their nose, do a sign of the cross and vote for Goldsmith.  A few people who have done this in the past have described

Will this save ACT?  I doubt it.  David Seymour is no Rodney Hide or John Banks in terms of his public persona and apart from his claim to fame in relation to his door knocking prowess has no discernible appeal.  Michael Wood and Julie Anne Genter will show up his limited political skills big time.

So Rankin may increase Seymour’s chances.  But at the end of the day I suspect that there will be a sufficient number of National supporters who refuse to go along with National’s dirty deal to prevent this deal from working.

This will be significant.  Effectively marooning 3 to 4% of right wing vote may be the difference between National winning or losing.  On election night I am sure that all eyes will be on Epsom.

86 comments on “Christine Rankin is standing in Epsom ”

  1. vto 1

    The billboards need the Act logos swapping with the Conservatives logos. Mix them all up so Act and Conservatives billboards have bits of each on them …..

  2. Ennui 2

    Expect new earrings, heals and micro mini skirt! Dont you just love “conservatism”.

  3. Sanctuary 3

    I hear that Cristine Rankin had an [sorry Sanctuary but Craig is litigious and we need to be careful – MS].

    How does Colin Craig square that sort of morality of one his headline candidates with his supposed commitment to marriage and “family values”?

    • Ennui 3.1

      Morality and similar social judgments are not supposed to apply to religious conservatives! Should I ever wish to spice up my sex life and go extramarital I am going to become a televangelist, wear a grey suit, white shirt and blue tie, scream “Hallelujah” and pontificate on “family values”. Its a sure winner, check the track record, cant lose!

    • AmaKiwi 3.2

      Surveys show active church going Christians are more likely to cheat on their taxes, steal from their employers, and cheat on their partners than people who are not regular church goers.

      It was first documented in the book “Good Guys and God Guys” by Professor Robert Tapp of the University of Chicago, published in the 1960’s. Contemporary surveys confirm not much has changed.

      • Lanthanide 3.2.1

        Although I’d take any research done on church-goers with a grain of salt as not being applicable to other cultures.

        Some American church goers are very radical and very hypocritical.

    • Once was Tim 3.3

      “How does Colin Craig square that sort of morality?”

      Maybe he dresses up in a nurses uniform, gets with 2 other holier-than-thou ‘conservatives’ and takes a vote (2 outa 3 ain’t bad).

      mmmm – except that’d be a triangle rather than squaring it Christ – I dunno – ask Kerry and Rex

  4. Sanctuary 4

    I was wondering if that was in field or not…

    • mickysavage 4.1

      Close. What Sanctuary was referring to was something detailed in this report from the Herald in 2010.

      “High-profile Wellington real estate agent Margo McAuley killed herself while “very much under stress” from the breakdown of her marriage, a coroner ruled yesterday.

      Ian Smith said that although Ms McAuley had a “dangerous” level of the prescription sleeping pill zopiclone in her system when she took her life, it was unlikely to have contributed to her death.

      Ms McAuley, 42, was found dead by her husband, Kim MacIntyre, at her Miramar home on October 29, 2008, a day after he told her he was ending the relationship. She believed he was leaving her for another woman.

      Mr MacIntyre married Families Commissioner Christine Rankin about two months later – Ms Rankin publicly denied having an affair with Mr MacIntyre at the time of Ms McAuley’s death.”

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10676531

      • weka 4.1.1

        Well it’s possible that they weren’t having an affair. That they realised they wanted to be together but waited until after he left his existing marriage. Can’t see a problem with that in terms of family values (unless Craig’s church doesn’t allow divorce).

        • Clemgeopin 4.1.1.1

          I agree. It is an unjust distraction. An unnecessary unproven below the belt unfair speculation in the present election context.

          • Malcolm 4.1.1.1.1

            Far more useful and relevant to look back at her time as head of WINZ. I especialy remember one year there was a massive student loan and allowance screw up under her watch.

          • Rodel 4.1.1.1.2

            As I recall Ms McAuley’s daughter had a different opinion.

  5. heather tanguay 5

    This may be the time for Michael Wood, with all the scrapping over the seat of Epsom Michael is confidently going about his work and impressing people. He is a great candidate and I am sure people are changing their minds to support him. The vote will be so split, he may just do it – just saying…

    • Tiger Mountain 5.1

      No, he won’t “just do it” if past performance is any guide to future performance and there is again just several thousand votes between the actual National candidate and the ‘as nominated by John Key’ National candidate.

      2011 Election Results – Epsom Electorate
      BANKS, John (ACT) 15,835
      GOLDSMITH, Paul (NAT) 13,574
      PARKER, David (LAB) 3,751
      HAY, David (GP) 2,160
      KAN, Simon (CNSP) 342
      BRIGHT, Penny (IND) 124
      O’DEA, Pat (MANA) 66
      GOODE, Matthew (IND) 59

      No matter how much you don’t want to; vote actual National candidate in Epsom to help defeat the National led government.

      • jaymam 5.1.1

        Look at it this way, the only candidates who could possibly win Epsom are Goldsmith and Seymour. A vote for anyone else is a complete waste, and could let Act, and therefore National, to win again.
        I dispute that most Epsom Labour and Green voters “would rather walk on broken glass than vote for anyone but their candidate”. I believe that many Labour and Green voters sensibly voted for Goldsmith, and they should do so again.
        Get rid of ACT this time and maybe they will give up completely. THEN you can all vote for your pary’s candidate if you want.

        • Rodel 5.1.1.1

          It’s sad but I’d walk on broken glass to get rid of ACT especially if there was the possibility of 4 or 5 of them entering parliament.
          (I like the ‘Association of Crooks and Thieves ‘acronym – thanks whoever thought that up.)

          • Clemgeopin 5.1.1.1.1

            Roger Douglas, Ruth Richardson and Richard Prebble originally I think. Notice the three big R’s!

            • Tiger Mountain 5.1.1.1.1.1

              And ex Nat Derek Quigley, with people like Allan Gibbs, Roger Kerr and Diane Foreman in the background.

              The Business Round Table was an ACT sympathetic organisation too (clone). In top business circles there was a revolving door between Labour Rogernomes, National and Act Parties. When the USSR broke up they had Rog Douglas advising how to split up and flog off the state assets.

          • Tracey 5.1.1.1.2

            Started as association of citizens and ratepayers in auckland local body politics… Became Association of Citizens and Taxpayers… Hence the recent, just in time for elections, emergence of the taxpayers union.

            • Anne 5.1.1.1.2.1

              Actually it had its initial origins in an outfit called the 20/20 club in the early 1990s. It was largely populated by people from the 1980s Backbone Club. It then evolved into the Association of Consumers and Taxpayers which in turn morphed into the ACT political party late in 1994.

          • Steve Wrathall 5.1.1.1.3

            4 or 5? Oohhh, you’ve made my day

            • Clemgeopin 5.1.1.1.3.1

              0 in my opinion, because Goldsmith will royally gazump him with a little help from friends and foes from many unexpected quarters, including Key and Harre! That is two votes, right there!

              • Steve Wrathall

                The last person to make a serious wager on ACT getting zero MPs was Keith Locke. I presume you’re making the same wager?

      • Rosie 5.1.2

        Those coupla thousand votes between Banks and Goldsmith in 2011, it ain’t that much is it? So is it not possible that with some effort from those opposed to ACT winning Epsom, National could win the seat?

        The question is Epsom, do you have an organised grassroots movement that can actively promote an electorate vote for the bag o flour? If not, don’t leave it to fate, get organised, get your collective power going and do it!

        • Graeme 5.1.2.1

          Which is what Rankin is there to prevent, or try to.

          She’s only going to pull votes from the core National support, which will counter any tactical voting from the left.

          There were about 4700 left leaning voters who voted for Goldsmith in 2011, or half the combined Labour / Green vote in the electorate. To get enough to upset the teacups would have needed almost all the left voters to vote for Goldsmith.

          • Steve Wrathall 5.1.2.1.1

            What you fail to realise is that large numbers of what you term “left” voters actually have some sympathy for ACT’s core principles, namely the removal of privilege and the right of low income NZers to have the choice, that only rich NZers now have: to choose the provider or their or their children’s education, health or superannuation.

    • Tracey 5.2

      I think alot of people who post here have rose tinted glasses about Epsom.

      Epsom wont go left. It has NEVER gone left. For left voters in epsom you vote for goldsmithor throw awayyour vote on labour or green candidate.

      I think rankin could create some minimal drag on national but i believe ACT will win the seat.

      • mickysavage 5.2.1

        Labour almost won Remuera in 1987 and lost it by about 1,600 votes. But those were really strange times …

        • Tracey 5.2.1.1

          Yes, the times when labour began to look like national and turned out to be ACT?

        • Jilly Bee 5.2.1.2

          Remember it well MickyS – I was living in the area at the time and got quite excited about it, naive as I was at the time, though I have remained in contact with the Labour candidate of the time. I lived in Mt St John Avenue for 21 years and we were tossed between Onehunga, Remuera, Eden electorates as far as I can recall over that time, well not so much Eden, but we were in the Bermuda Triangle from Manukau/Great South Road through to Greenlane Road. Interesting and strange times indeed. I can remember campaigning for Fred Gerbic and Frank Rogers (both Onehunga).

  6. adam 6

    So Epsom, is now a vote between a con, or crooks and thieves?

  7. Yo! Christine! Colin called!

    He wants to know if you’ve done his laundry yet?

    And he wants dinner on the table by 6, smartly.

    Carry on with your campaigning, now…

    • weka 7.1

      now, now, certain women are allowed to be exempt in this day and age, when they serve the cause in other ways.

    • Clemgeopin 7.2

      Not much different from,

      Yo! Key! Obama called!
      Yo! Key! FBI called!
      Yo! Key! Hollywood called!

    • tricledrown 7.3

      Christine don,t forget to remind people just quietly about those nasty vapor trails also the moon-landings were faked in a Hollywood basement.
      one stiletto step forward for nasty Christine Rankin one giant leap backwards for women kind!

  8. anker 8

    Any thought about how things will look if National pull Paul Goldsmith??????
    strategically this is what the need to do………

    • Clemgeopin 8.1

      He is known and seen in the middle of the night pulling his own bills boards away during the last erection. I swear I saw a photo somewhere!

  9. Steve Wrathall 9

    Haven’t you heard, chemtrail boy is now on #teamcunliffe.This will help ACT in Epsom.

    • Weepus beard 9.1

      Oooooh, the right wing are getting bitchy with each other. The claws are out.

      Meow!

    • Pascals bookie 9.2

      “Haven’t you heard, chemtrail boy is now on #teamcunliffe.This will help ACT in Epsom.”
      Haven’t you heard, methamphetamine man is now on #teamKey.This will help ACT in Epsom.

    • mickysavage 9.3

      Ha Steve you are such a crack up. I bet you believe in chemtrails too …

      • Steve Wrathall 9.3.1

        Anyone know the formula of this chemical they’re spraying? I’ll have a crack at synthesising it. Just think of all the great uses I could put it to.

  10. Clemgeopin 10

    Vote the ACT fellow in Epsom=Get National and ACT=Self inflicted wound into our Nation.

    If I was there, I would watch which of the other candidates, Michael Wood (Lab),
    Paul Goldsmith (Nat), Julie Anne Gentre (Greens) or any other non-ACT, non-CONS candidate is leading, and would give my electorate vote to THAT particular candidate. I suspect that would most likely be Goldsmith, the cunningly silent very reluctant shy bride!

    Vote the National man, GOLDMITH in Epsom=Kick ACT and National out of Government! How cool is that!

    [In some other special electorates I would most likely do as follows:

    Epsom: To keep ACT out, most likely the sad puppy, Nat’s poor Golsdsmith.
    Ohariu: Leading non-UF candidate, most likely, the Labour candidate, Virginia Andersen.
    Te Tai Tokerau: To help get Mana in, the Mana candidate, Hone Harawira.
    East Coast Bays: To keep Cons/Collin out, most likely the National candidate, McCully.
    Hellensville: Consolidate all non-Key votes to the Internet party candidate, Laila Harre.

    So some of us progressives get a chance to vote, one way or another, for LOTS of very very important and crucial electoral candidates : National, Labour, Mana and Internet candidates! How cool is that? Life is beautiful!

    Epsom voters in this election are very spoiled for choice with so many cats and some dogs, some rich pricks and some ordinary folk as their electorate candidates, some of whom are given strong coat tails, some with long legs and huge ear bangles, and some have just the smell of an oily rag.

    I am glad that Harre AND Key are voting for Goldsmith!

    Here is a potential Epsom theme song. Specially dedication to the EPSOM electorate. Enjoy!

  11. Rodel 11

    Not Christine Rank! Epsom people must feel insulted at the way they are being played with by politicians.

  12. Sable 12

    Good. Let them eat each other alive…

  13. Tracey 13

    Has anyone noticed how easy National has made it to deface their billboards

    I have seen working for

    Wall street
    Ourselves
    America
    The 1%

    Ive also noticed the indignation of many who dont think it matters how often Key lies, over,messed up billboards

    Funny old world

    • Us2Olds 13.1

      Love it, that’s the best part about billboards. Do you remember the 1/2 Nats 1/2 Labour ones when Helen got in – superb.

    • tricledrown 13.2

      Yeah Tracy
      we are Lying
      fogetting
      bullying
      cheating
      wasting
      spying
      for theUSA

  14. greywarbler 14

    Conservative slogan on flyer –
    If you’ve had a GUTS FULL of a GOVERNMENT who [which] DOESN’T do what [it’s] THEY’RE TOLD.
    (But we’ll cosy up to them and hope our nobility rubs off and makes them better people?)

    On the Conservative Party subject. This is from a report from end July meeting in Nelson where Craig spoke and introduced 81 year old orchardist Nelson candidate, and one from the west coast who is a drug counsellor. It seemed that most in the audience were very mature.

    The journalist captured these gems of commonsense and decency.
    In a 30-minute speech Craig focused on referendums, “one law for all New Zealanders”, law and order, and tax

    and on racism and one law for all sort of stuff:
    “Apparently saying that we want to remove segregation is racist to some people. Absolute nonsense.”
    The people of New Zealand did not want Maori spirituality written into law.
    I know quite a few Maori, and none of them buy into it. But we have an issue where we are writing those sorts of laws. We are opposing that – if we have to, we’ll take it to court.” The party also wanted the Maori seats abolished.

    “We need to embrace the idea in this country that we play together, we work together and we vote together. I believe that’s the basis on which to build a great nation.”

    and using the environment to benefit all NZs etc
    If you think that all the gold on the West Coast should stay there forever, bless. I have a slightly different view – if you dig hole in the ground and plant a tree you’re a Greenie. If you dig a big hole in the ground, take the gold out and plant a native forest, apparently you’re an eco-terrorist.”

    and
    ‘Bottom-end tax cuts’! The Conservatives believed in a tax cut at the bottom end.
    “I benefited from the tax cut at the top end but frankly, I wasn’t the one that needed the help. There are people out there who are working 40 hours a week and then going out and working a second and third job to make life work for them financially. Those are the people that needed a tax cut.”

    He was against early release of prisoners and did not believe they should “sit around” when they could be working.

  15. Once was TIm 15

    Can someone remind me what happened to Bette Lynche?. My sister is a Coro addict and unavaliable for verification – but I had this feint recollection that she’d hooked up with a nutter and retired to NZ – travelling on a luxury cruiser with toilet earings intact. I imagined she’d changed her name from Lynch to Rankin a while back and used the usual over-embellished CV, lost her accent, and was standing for Parliament (having first taken advantage of transferring her retirement funds of course).

    Or am I getting confused with that once was an adonis who hooked up with Leesa Gibbons -Entertainment Tonight bimbo – during that telethonny thingy out in the colonies.

    I’m sure I’m dreaming though because I heard Krussy protesting this morning on Mourning Report with the sage e-Spinner and Susie (darling) Fergusson that she wuz seary iss en she wuz gunna won Espom. (Let me know if was a dream because a courier load of those special salts and a chit to the Caci Klunk could be wasted.

    Good luck Krussy – Oim right behind you – you’ve earned Epsom. There’s a neck-pull in it with a load of colagen thrown in (off the back of a long distance artic – but I’m sure you won’t mind)

    • greywarbler 15.1

      @ Once Was Tim 3.43
      You got the coffee over-strength again! Did you hear Matthew Hooton, I think it was, this morning on Radionz saying that he told Rankin that her standing in Epsom would result in more votes going to Labour? He said she then went and put her name down for the seat!

      Brian Edwards criticised Rankin.
      http://brianedwardsmedia.co.nz/2009/05/meeting-christine-rankin/

      It’s interesting thinking back to that suitable clothing business and the Court case about it. The idea that women should not have a clothing standard, although men do, shows a remarkable amount of arrogance. And lack of respect for their employment position, and their colleagues, and the people they communicate with during their day.

      http://tvnz.co.nz/content/46104/423466/article.html (Thanks Anne above for this one)
      Margaret Bazley had ‘trained’ her but they had disagreed on some matters. So Rankin must be more arrogant than Bazley. But Bazley, was a gummint fix-it person and took over Rankin’s job.
      Rankin talked in her evidence about receiving threats and abuse, but Dame Margaret says that comes with the territory. [being WINZ boss.]
      “I have had bullets in the mail, I’ve had death threats, threats of gang rape, effigies burnt of me, and I would not be alarmed in the senior ranks of the public service, they’re not issues we talk about, we just get on with it,” she told the court.

      And Mark Prebble showed a particular lack of training in how to deal with a woman without understanding of any public service ethos. And the careful use of chat with those foreign to such understanding. The advice would be, eep your trap shut as much of the time as possible, there is too much lost in translation. Look at the mess he got into wittering on about earrings.
      “It’s complete nonsense… I was not talking about flamboyance, style and specifically not talking about earrings, I did say that I had a recollection that Desmond Morris did seem to think that ears and earrings had some sexual connotation,” Prebble said.

  16. lurgee 16

    Wonder if someone could persuade Louis Rawnsley to stand against Rankin?

  17. Anne 17

    I saw this comment on Dim Post:

    I remember when Christine Rankin went on Paul Henry’s breakfast show and, talking about child abuse, said “we do have a problem with Maori in this country” (something she was unqualified to talk about, and of course far more white kids are abused in this country, but, y’know, Paul Henry breakfast). A TVNZ security guard, who’d been with the company 24 years, spoke to her after the interview, telling her that it was “a bit harsh to blame all Maori for the actions of four idiots.” She complained to TVNZ and got him fired. I always thought that spoke volumes about the sort of person she is. It’s fine for her to denigrate and slander an entire people, but how dare anyone politely tell her she might be wrong. Fuck you, Christine.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/14824/TVNZ-defends-firing-employee-over-Rankin-comment

    I remember that incident. Apart from exposing Rankin for the obnoxious woman she is, what sort of an outfit is TVNZ who are apparently happy to sack someone who had worked for them for 24 years on her say so!

    • Rodel 17.1

      That’s incredible! She would represent the Epsom/ Remuera conservatives well. Vote wankin’ Rankin!

    • lurgee 17.2

      Not on her say so.

      On the say so of TVNZ human resources.

      Where her son – Matthew Rea-Rankin – had worked as an HR manager until a couple of years before the Rawnsley incident. And presumably still had some contacts with people working there.

      Which was, I am sure, entirely coincidental.

      • Anne 17.2.1

        That’s interesting lurgee.

        Years ago, I worked for AKTV2 (TVNZ’s fore-runner) as a technical operator specialising in audio. One thing I discovered is that the broadcasting/telecasting industry is a very incestuous place. So much so, that the public were commonly referred to as “the peasants”. That culture is still there. In fact it’s probably even worse than it used to be.

  18. Tanz 18

    The Conservatives may well win this seat. That’s better than Key gifting them one. This is the best election in years, can’t wait to see how it plays out.

  19. Penny Bright 19

    errrr….. the sensible. strategic ELECTORATE vote in Helensville – in my considered opinion (and of course I would say this, wouldn’t I 🙂 is PROVEN anti -corruption/ anti-privatisation Public Watchdog Penny Bright.

    If Helensville folk like candidates attached to any of the political parties – give them the PARTY vote (which is what their parties want).

    FYI – the response I’m getting as I go around the shops / businesses / gatherings in the Helensville electorate (Piha/ Helensville / Kumeu/ Huapai) is very favourable.

    This Wednesday night I’ll be attending my second meeting in Helensville which is being organised by locals – for locals , in order to hear more about corrupt corporate control of NZ, locally, nationally and internationally.

    As I talk to people I’m finding that many are very concerned about John Key’s current shareholding in the Bank of America.

    So – whose interests are being served by this ”poodle of Wall St’?

    Follow the dollar …..

    Penny Bright

  20. Penny Bright 20

    FYI – in 2011 when I stood against John Banks in Epsom and got 124 votes, I used the electorate process to focus on how ACTs ‘one law for all’ hadn’t applied to Banks over Huljich Wealth Management,

    http://www.pennybright4epsom.org.nz

    (Scroll down to see photos of ‘piggy-backing’ my (duly authorised) electoral messages on to John Banks & John Key’s hoardings.

    REALLY upset Cameron Slater at the time – so must have done something right 🙂

    Penny Bright

  21. Instauration 21

    Our household of E5+1 eligible East Coast Bays voters have discussed the options fireside @ dinner this evening.
    Consensus – ABC – (anyone but C) – we will likely all electorate vote for Murray – he has been okay, even responded finely when challenged as electorate MP and MFA.
    We all aspire a Left outcome.
    The Left aspirants of Epsom must remember the Girl was Once a Leftie – but nah !

  22. Populuxe1 22

    It’s breathtaking audacity. First the Conservatives lambast New Zealand women for their lack of modesty – and then they run Christine Rankin!

  23. tricledrown 23

    Its colon Craigs vapourized entrails no doubt the next ewe turn will be an incestuous relationship (space ship) with ACT!

  24. Clemgeopin 24

    EPSOM: ACT’s SEYMOUR CAN SNEAK THROUGH…..unless…..MOST OF LABOUR and GREEN votes go to Goldsmith. Here is why:

    2011 Election
    BANKS(ACT)=44%
    GOLDSMITH(NAT)=38%
    PARKER(LAB)=10%
    HAY(GP)=6%
    REST=2%

    RESULT=ACT’s BANKS won!

    2014:
    This time around, some previous votes cast for Goldsmith and Seymour, (I am assuming 4%+4%), may shift to Rankin and the result may look like this:

    SEYMOUR(ACT)=44-4=40%
    GOLDSMITH(NAT)=38-4=34%
    RANKIN(CONS)=8%
    WOOD(LAB)=10%
    GENTER(GP)=6%
    REST=2%

    RESULT=ACT’s Seymour wins!

    The only way for the progressives to be more sure of defeating ACT and NATIONAL would be for MOST, if not all, of Labour and Greens voters to give their candidate vote to GOLDSMITH.

    Assuming there is a 50% improvement in the Labour and Green strategic voting tactics, (5% and 3% rather than the previous election’s 10% and 6% ) the result could look like this:

    SEYMOUR(ACT)=40%
    GOLDSMITH(NAT)=34+5%+3%=42%
    RANKIN(CONS)=8%
    WOOD(LAB)=5%
    GENTER(GP)=3%
    REST=2%

    RESULT=NATIONAL’S Mr PAUL GOLDSMITH MP!…Now, who wouldn’t want such a lovely result!

  25. All Ican say is I thank my lucky stars that I do not live in Epsom .It seems to be populated with a ghastly ,greedy racist population.The good thing is that they deserve Rankin and her sleazy supporters .

  26. Michael 26

    I am a registered Epsom voter. I will be ticking a box for Labour and a box for Goldsmith.

    Others I know who are National voters are planning on voting for Goldsmith too. They have had enough of propping up Act and are betting that National will have enough to win without him.

    I wonder what the atmosphere will be like at the National Epsom Electorate office when Goldsmith wins?

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    8 hours ago
  • Clean Vehicles Bill passes first checkpoint
    The Land Transport (Clean Vehicles) Amendment Bill will help New Zealand drive down transport emissions by cleaning up the light vehicle fleet, Transport Minister Michael Wood says. The Bill passed its first reading today and will establish the legislative framework for key parts of the Government’s Clean Car Package, including ...
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    23 hours ago
  • Funding boost supports ongoing Māori COVID-19 response
    The Government is responding to the need by whānau Māori and Māori Health providers to support their ongoing work responding to COVID-19 and to continue increasing rates of Māori vaccination, Associate Minister for Health (Māori Health), Peeni Henare and Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today.   This increased ...
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    1 day ago
  • Significant increase to COVID-19 penalties
    Penalties for breaches of COVID-19 orders are set to significantly increase from early November 2021 to better reflect the seriousness of any behaviour that threatens New Zealand’s response to the virus, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Throughout this Delta outbreak we’ve seen the overwhelming majority of people doing ...
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    1 day ago
  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill returns to Parliament
    The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has returned to Parliament for its second reading in an important step towards giving enforcement agencies greater power to protect New Zealanders from terrorist activity. “The Bill addresses longstanding gaps in our counter terrorism legislation that seek to protect New Zealanders and make us safer,” Justice ...
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    1 day ago
  • Joint Statement: New Zealand and Australian Trade Ministers
    Hon Damien O'Connor MP, New Zealand Minister for Trade and Export Growth, and Hon Dan Tehan MP, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, met virtually on Monday 20 September to advance trans-Tasman cooperation under the Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (CER). CER is one of the most ...
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    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s Post Cabinet Press Conference/COVID-19 Update opening statement
    ***Please check against delivery***   E te tī, e te tā, nau mai rā [To all, I bid you welcome]   As you will have seen earlier, today there are 22 new community cases to report; three of which are in Whakatiwai in the Hauraki area, and the remainder in ...
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    2 days ago
  • Major milestones for Māori COVID-19 vaccine rollout as new campaign launches
    Whānau Ora and Associate Health (Māori Health) Minister Peeni Henare acknowledges two major milestones in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme for Māori. “I am very pleased to announce more than 50 percent of eligible Māori have received their first dose and 25 per cent are now fully vaccinated,” ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government funding to fight infectious diseases
    $36 million for research into Covid-19 and other infectious diseases The investment will improve our readiness for future pandemics Research will focus on prevention, control, and management of infectious diseases The Government’s investing in a new Infectious Diseases Research Platform to boost Aotearoa New Zealand’s Covid-19 response and preparedness for ...
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    3 days ago
  • Quarantine-free travel with Australia to remain suspended for a further 8 weeks
    Suspension to be reviewed again mid to late November Decision brought forward to enable access from Australia to first tranche of around 3000 rooms in MIQ Air New Zealand working at pace to put on more flights from Australia from October    The suspension of quarantine-free travel (QFT) with Australia has ...
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    5 days ago
  • Extra support for Ethnic Communities to share vaccination information
    Extra support is being made available to Ethnic Communities to help them share COVID-19 vaccination information within their communities, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities Priyanca Radhakrishnan said. “We know we need to get every eligible person in New Zealand vaccinated. A fund being launched today will allow for ...
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    5 days ago
  • School holidays remain unchanged for Auckland region
    School holidays in Auckland will continue to be held at the same time as the rest of the country, starting from Saturday, 2 October, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I’ve carefully considered advice on the implications of shifting the dates and concluded that on balance, maintaining the status quo ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government continues crackdown on gangs and organised crime
    Operation Tauwhiro extended until March 2022 Since it was launched in February, Operation Tauwhiro has resulted in:   987 firearms seized $4.99 million in cash seized 865 people charged with a firearms-related offence Gangs and organised crime groups will continue to be relentlessly targeted with the extension of Police’s successful ...
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    5 days ago
  • Speech to Body Positive 'HIV Treatments Update Seminar 2021'
    E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā iwi Tēnā koutou katoa Ka huri ki ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēnā koutou. He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei I raro I te kaupapa o te rā. Nō reira tēnā koutou katoa Acknowledgements It’s a ...
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    5 days ago
  • Power bill changes bring fairness to charges
    A key recommendation of an independent panel to make electricity charges fairer across all households will be put in place, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced. “Phasing out the regulations on ‘low-use’ electricity plans will create a fairer playing field for all New Zealanders and encourage a ...
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    5 days ago
  • NZ economy’s strong momentum will support rebound from Delta outbreak; COVID fund replenished
    The economy showed strong momentum in the period leading up to the recent Delta COVID-19 outbreak, which bodes well for a solid economic rebound, Grant Robertson said. GDP rose 2.8 percent in the June quarter, following on from a 1.4 percent increase in the previous March quarter. This was a ...
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    6 days ago
  • Projects create benefits into the future
    Making a well-known lake swimmable and helping to halt the decline of the endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguins are among a suite of new projects being supported by the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme across the southern South Island, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “It’s no secret that many of our most ...
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    6 days ago
  • Opening statement for Whāriki Indigenous Small Business Roundtable
      Kei ngā tōpito e wha o te āo e rere ana te mihi maioha ki a koutou nō tawhiti, nō tata mai e tāpiri ana ki tēnei taumata kōrero mo te ao hokohoko arā mā ngā pākihi mo ngā iwi taketake Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa – Pai Mārire.  ...
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    7 days ago
  • New members appointed to Kāpuia
    The Government is adding four additional members to Kāpuia, the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “I’m looking forward to having Pamela MacNeill, Huia Bramley, Melani Anae and Katherine Dedo  join Kāpuia and contribute to this group’s ...
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    1 week ago
  • Timeline confirmed for Emissions Reductions Plan
    Cabinet has agreed to begin consulting on the Emissions Reduction Plan in early October and require that the final plan be released by the end of May next year in line with the 2022 Budget, the Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw confirmed today. “Cabinet’s decision allows organisations and communities ...
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    1 week ago
  • Pay parity pathway for early learning teachers confirmed
    Pay parity conditions and higher funding rates for education and care services will come into force on 1 January, 2022, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins confirmed today. The Government signalled this work in Budget 2021. “From 1 January, 2022, centres opting into the scheme will receive government funding and be ...
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    1 week ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Conference 2021
    Kia Ora tatau katoa.   Ka tuku mihi ki nga nēhi, He pou Hauora o Aotearoa, E ora ai tatou.   Whakatau mai  I runga i te kaupapa o te ra Te NZNO conference.   Tena koutou tena koutou Tena tatou katoa   Good morning, and thank you inviting me ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government investment in farmer-led catchment groups sweeps past 150 mark
    171 catchment groups have now been invested in by the Government 31 catchment groups in the Lower North Island are receiving new support More than 5,000 farmers are focussed on restoring freshwater within a generation through involvement in catchment groups  Government investment in on-the-ground efforts by farmers to improve land ...
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    1 week ago
  • Fight to protect kauri on track
    The Government is pitching in to help vital work to protect nationally significant kauri forests in Auckland, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. “Ensuring the survival of these iconic trees for future generations means doing everything we can to prevent the potential spread of kauri dieback disease,” Kiri Allan said. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Joint statement of Mr Bernard Monk; Hon Andrew Little, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry,...
    [Note: The Parties have agreed on terms to fully and finally settle the proceeding and will jointly issue the below statement.] At the heart of this litigation are the lives of the 29 men tragically lost at the Pike River mine on 19 November 2010 and to whom we pay ...
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    1 week ago
  • More financial support for businesses
    Today’s decision to keep Auckland in a higher COVID Alert Level triggers a third round of the Wage Subsidy Scheme which will open for applications at 9am this Friday. “The revenue test period for this payment will be the 14th to the 27th of September. A reminder that this is ...
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    1 week ago
  • Aotearoa New Zealand provides further humanitarian support for Afghanistan
    Aotearoa New Zealand is providing a further $3 million in humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.  “There is significant humanitarian need in Afghanistan, with the crisis disproportionately affecting women and girls,” said Nanaia Mahuta. The UN has estimated that 80% of the quarter of a million ...
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    1 week ago
  • Innovative te reo prediction tool announced in Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
    A new Māori language prediction tool will play a key role in tracking our te reo Māori revitalisation efforts, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. He Ara Poutama mō te reo Māori (He Ara Poutama) can forecast the number of conversational and fluent speakers of te reo Māori ...
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    1 week ago
  • Further Government support for people to access food and essential items
    The Government is responding to need for support in Auckland and has committed a further $10 million to help people access ongoing food and other essential items, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced today. This latest tranche is targeted at the Auckland region, helping providers and organisations to distribute ...
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    1 week ago
  • Half a million Pfizer vaccines from Denmark
    The Government has secured an extra half a million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from Denmark that will start arriving in New Zealand within days, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “This is the second and larger agreement the Government has entered into to purchase additional vaccines to meet the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Inland Revenue providing essential COVID support for businesses
    Inland Revenue is seeing increased demand for Resurgence Support Payments and other assistance schemes that it administers, but is processing applications quickly, Revenue Minister David Parker said today. David Parker said the Resurgence Support Payment, the Small Business Cashflow (loan) Scheme and the Wage Subsidy are available at the same ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand marks 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks
    New Zealand is expressing unity with all victims, families and loved ones affected by the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks, and all terrorist attacks around the world since, including in New Zealand. “Saturday marks twenty years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, which killed nearly 3,000 people ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to SPREP Environment Ministers
    Talofa Honourable Ulu of Tokelau Faipule Kelihiano Kalolo Tēnā koutou katoa and warm Pacific greetings from Aotearoa to your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. The new science released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on 8 August paints an alarming picture of the projected impacts of climate change on the ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Additional Resurgence Support Payments to support business
    Businesses affected by higher Alert Levels will be able to apply for further Resurgence Support Payments (RSP). “The Government’s RSP was initially intended as a one-off payment to help businesses with their fixed costs, such as rent. Ministers have agreed to provide additional payments to recognise the effects of an ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • More Dawn Raids scholarships announced
    Details of the ‘Manaaki New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships’, a goodwill gesture that follows the Government’s apology for the Dawn Raids of the 1970s, were released today by Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio. “These scholarships that are targeted to the Pacific will support the kaupapa of the Dawn Raids’ ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • One-way quarantine-free travel for RSE workers starting in October
      One-way quarantine-free travel for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers from Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu starts in October New requirement for RSE workers to have received their first vaccination pre-departure, undertake Day 0 and Day 5 tests, and complete a self-isolation period of seven days, pending a negative Day 5 ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Govt boosts Pacific suicide prevention support
    Applications have opened for the Pacific Suicide Prevention Community Fund as the Government acts to boost support amid the COVID delta outbreak. “We know strong and connected families and communities are the most important protective factor against suicide and this $900,000 fund will help to support this work,” Health Minister ...
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    2 weeks ago